“Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil.” vs7
The believer has knowledge. You are not ignorant of how God puts away sins, and you know Him as a just God and Savior (Isa 45:21). You came into the world blinded, but He’s given you the light of revelation. This fruitful knowledge causes us to trust Christ and live like it. It is the gift of godliness to God’s elect, the choice privilege of knowing Him for who He is. Paul says, “Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to build up the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness (Titus 1:1).” Do not be stubborn but receive this knowledge, poor sinner! He tells you who He is and how to be saved.
Yesterday, I dealt with someone struggling with the gospel and broke it down into one, two, three:
One, stop fighting the gospel. Jesus is who He says, not who we want Him to be. He saves by grace, saving all the elect, and He saves all who believe. The Bible isn’t a book for human understanding, and it excels our own reasoning, saying two seemingly different things at the same time. Christ is God the Eternal Creator, and He’s a Man, born from a virgin, a Created Being who came into existence. He says, “I will declare the LORD’S decree: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son; today have I begotten You (Ps 2:7).’” He’s the Infinite and Almighty, and He’s a Man who didn’t know the date of the second coming. He hungered and thirsted, and He’s God DYING for our sin (Acts 20:28). He doesn’t save by self-righteousness, but by imputed righteousness, which is foreign to us and obtained by believing. Rom 4:5, “But to the one who does not work, but believes on Him who declares the ungodly to be righteous, his faith is credited for righteousness.” The faith that does not work works righteousness and holy living. The salvation that’s not by human will power is taken by violence. He says, “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence, and the violent have been seizing it by force (Matt 11:12).”
Brother, you can’t fit it into a bag of human reasoning, but it’s God’s message that saves everyone who believes it.
Two, believe the gospel! Now that you know it, believe on Him yourself, personally, to save you. Believe that He imputed righteousness to you because you believe. “‘Now it was credited to him’ was not written for Abraham alone, but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead (Rom 4:23).” Believe that He’s made you holy, because He gives eternal life, which includes sanctification by the Spirit. Believe that He’ll keep you, and you can do all things, because He says so (Phil 4:13). Believe that you have everything because Christ is all, and He’s freely given to every believer. Believe the inheritance is yours in full, and keep on believing as He’s commanded.
Three, you are saved. Take the assurance, arise and be baptized, calling upon the Lord’s name. “And now, why delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins by calling on His name (Acts 22:16).” Eat the Lord’s Supper in peace, loving your brothers in holiness and order (1 Cor 11:29). Give your all to Him because He gave His all to you, dying a horrible death, accursed of God.
These things, dear brethren, are what we must do: Take the light of knowledge, receive it as your own, and then live it out, daily, receiving power to overcome the world (1 John 5:5). Do not go naked, when Christ is clearly provided for you – the worst sinner out of hell. Peter said to His murderers, “God raised up His Servant and sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways (Acts 3:26).”
My friend received this counsel, how about you?