How is God involved in bringing us to salvation and keeping us secure in Him
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Saved for Sure, Overcoming Doubt: How do you overcome those doubts, to be brought to the point where you say, “Yes, I know it’s okay. I’m going to Heaven.” For Doubters Only: There are still some people who have a tough time in having confidence in their salvation. What do those folks need to do? Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s personal testimony.
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. YBS2
Keywords: Holy Spirit, Redemption, Ephesians 4:30, Romans 8:33-34, Ephesians 2:6
- Ankerberg: If you have placed your faith in Christ, you need to recognize God’s been involved ahead of time mapping this out, and when you accepted Christ, even though you did it freely, the fact is, God can see all of this. And if you have accepted Christ, the Bible says you’re secure because God says you’re headed toward Heaven to be glorified. It’s a done deal.
- Lutzer: And also it says that when we receive Christ, last time we talked about what it means to be born again, when we receive Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit and it talks about the sealing of the Spirit. The sealing of the Spirit, the imagery is that of when a letter was sent. A king would write a letter, he would put wax on the opening and the closure of the letter, I guess I should say, and put his ring’s insignia on that. And if anyone tampered with it, it would be known because the wax would be broken and cracked. That was sealed to be taken to the person. And there are people who, when we receive Jesus Christ as Savior, “we are sealed unto the day of redemption” [Eph. 4:30].
- In fact, did you know that I’m in Heaven already, John? It says in Ephesians 2 that “We are raised up with Christ and we are seated with Christ in Heavenly places.” [Eph 2:6] Now, it would be possible for me to be sitting here at this studio in Chattanooga and win a lawsuit in Los Angeles this afternoon if I had an attorney representing me. And Jesus Christ is our attorney who represents us in Heaven. That’s why the Apostle Paul goes on to say, “Who shall lay any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life.” [Rom. 8:33-34] Jesus is our attorney. So we can imagine Satan coming and saying, “The soul that sins shall die. Here’s a sinner who deserves to die. Damn him.” But Jesus is our representative and Jesus is our attorney and says to the Father, “Father, here’s someone whom I have redeemed. I have paid his debt. Let him go free.” The Father agrees.
- You know, that illustration that’s been used a hundred times but I have to tell it one more, about the man who was driving too fast and got fined something like $100 or whatever. And he’s standing before the judge and he doesn’t have $100. And the judge leaves the bench, he takes off his robe and he puts on his ordinary clothes and he goes around and he stands next to the defendant. Then the judge takes the $100 out of his own pocket and lays it on the table. He goes back, picks up his robe, comes and sits at his desk, takes the $100 and says, “Thank you, sir. Your debt is paid. You are free.” That is the Gospel. God demands a payment from us. God supplies what He demands. God the Father demands that His holiness be appeased. Jesus dies on the cross and therefore salvation is fully of God and you and I are forgiven. “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?” the Bible says. “It is God who justifies.” [Rom. 8:33] Now, if that isn’t good news in the world, where are you going to find the good news? That is the Gospel.