If God told you….

 

If God told you, “I am going to give you the winning numbers to the next lottery pick. All you have to do is pick the exact numbers I am about to give you. Pick them and I will guarantee you will be the next lottery winner. Are you ready? Here they are---1,2,3,4,5,6. And so you don’t forget I will write them in a book so you can look it up again if you forget or if anyone else tells you any different.”

 

In this illustration, if you haven’t already figured it out, winning the lottery represents inheriting eternal life. Now who would pick any other numbers but 1,2,3,4,5 and 6? Yet there is an abundance of people who would pick 1,2,3,4,6,7 or 1,2,3,4,6,8 or 2,3,4,5,6,7 etc. What do I mean? Well, God has given us a plan of salvation to follow in the Scriptures. He has said, if we follow these instructions, we will be saved. We will go to heaven, live with God and have eternal life. If we fail to follow these instructions, everything is at risk—we will be lost and go to hell. Either option is eternal--forever and ever. So why try to out-argue God? You won’t win! With so much at stake, would you take any risk? I doubt it. So why do people do that with their souls? After all, it is very easy to follow God’s plan. God made it easy to obey. He did not tell us we have to build a rocket-ship to the moon to be saved.

 

Since the start of the church in Acts 2 there have been many false teachers who have altered God’s plan of salvation. If you doubt, do your homework and read what the first Christians taught and believed about baptism. Baptism has always been one essential element to God’s plan of salvation. Read Here These days, most denominations do not teach you need to be immersed in water for the forgiveness of your sins. They have thrown away what God has told them. Some have picked “1,2,3,4,6,7”, others have picked “2,3,4,5,6,7” instead of exactly what God said to pick--“1,2,3,4,5,6”.

 

Do you want to win the lottery for certain or do you want to try to out-argue God Almighty? Do you think you can persuade God that 5 out of 6 is “close enough”? Funny, but no lottery commission on earth would grant you the winnings if you tried that argument with them…

 

In order to go to heaven God has told us if we follow this simple plan we will “win the lottery”:

 

To be saved we must:

 

      Hear the “good news” (i.e. the gospel) of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:14)

      Believe (Hebrews 11:6; Acts 8:37; Mark 16:16; John 8:24)

      Repent of our sins (Luke 13:3,5; Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30; Mark 10:15)

      Confess faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 8:36-37; Romans 10:9) {Footnote}

      Be baptized (in water) for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:37-41; 1Peter 3:21; John 3:3-5; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-8; Colossians 2:12; Galatians 3:26-27; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:34-39; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 4:5)

      Remain faithful for the rest of our lives and carry our cross daily (Revelation 2:10; Matthew 24:13; Luke 9:23) (What about, “Once saved always saved”?)

 

 

God’s Plan of Salvation:

 

Ephesians 1:11-14

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him[*] who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard[1] the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed,[2,3] you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,[5] who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.

 

*God’s plan of salvation:

1. Hear

2. Believe

3. Repentimplied by “having believed”

4. Confess—implied, taken at moment of baptism

5. Be baptized—See Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:26-27,4:6-7; 2Corinthians 1:21-22 at baptism is when we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

ANSWERS TO SOME COMMON ARGUMENTS AGAINST BAPTISM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This page added: Feb. 20, 2008