The Bible teaches that we must be put right with God, but how do we get ourselves right with God and be saved? You asked, now the Bible answers!
I’m Chuck Horner, Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in South Hayward. My question is, what must we do to be right with God, to be saved?
Brother Bob: Welcome everyone! And thank you particularly, so much, Mr. Horner for your question for today. And your question is a question that’s, well it’s often heard from people who are really seeking to understand about God’s ways. The problem is that many people , however, have made the mistake of drawing their own conclusions, even their own strategies, let’s say, about how to put themselves right with God. But as always, here in the Church Of Christ, and on this program “That’s In The Bible”, the answer to your question will always come from this book, the Holy Scriptures.
So what has the Apostle Paul, for example, said, Mr. Horner, about your question, did he provide any warning or guidance to us? We turn to the book of Romans 10, verse 2 and 3 he gave this warning.
[ROMANS 10:3-2 GNT]
So Chuck, the answer to your question is not, therefore, just being devoted to God as so many people think. Chuck, what will be the danger if one would just choose their own way of putting themselves right with God, their own strategy to do that. Here in Proverbs 14, and let’s listen together what’s recorded here in verse 12, it says this.
[PROVERBS 14:12 NKJV]
So clearly here, Chuck, the Bible teaches that well, although it may seem right to a person, their own strategy, their own idea, maybe it be just being devoted or whatever. But the Bible says what seems right to a person may, in fact, lead them to death. And you know it’s not only, the death referred to here, is not only the ending of our biological life. It’s also the infliction of a second death. A death, and how does the Bible further describe that death? It’s mentioned in the book of Revelation the chapter is 20, verse 14 like this.
[REVELATION 20:14 NKJV]
The Bible calls it a second death, a death in the lake of fire. So, in fact then what if a person will decide to make the next step and say, “well then I guess if it’s not my own strategy that I need to implement to make myself right with God, then what do I need to do?” Ah, maybe they’ll conclude, “well I just need to be worshipping God. As long as I’m worshipping God then I’ll be right with God.”
The Lord Jesus answers that question, Chuck, like this: in the book of Matthew 15, verse 9, he said it like this.
[MATTHEW 15:9 NKJV]
So although they may make their own conclusion, “well all I need to do is to be worshipping…” Jesus responds, how? He said, well their worship will be in vain. Why would it be in vain? If they’re still using doctrines or commandments of men as the basis of their worship that makes the worship vain or useless. So we must acknowledge that this vain worship is the result of man’s being separated from God in the first place. Separated from God due to what? Iniquities and sins as was mentioned by the prophet Isaiah in 59:2, because of sin, because of iniquity, man has become separated from God, and in fact, if we read Apostle Paul’s statement in Colossians 1:21, what did he call people that have been separated from God because of sin? He referred to them as enemies.
And who has committed sin? Romans 5:12 makes mention all people have committed sin. People need to be reconciled to God, need to have themselves put right with God, but it is not just by saying, “I’m gonna worship”, “I’m gonna be devoted”, “I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do that”… If then it’s not just following what we ourselves may think is the good way, or think is the right way of serving God, putting ourselves right with God, maybe following some trending religious ideology of the times, then what must you, me, all people do to achieve the needed reconciliation with God?
Is it, like others would say, is it just proclaiming that we have faith in God, faith in Jesus, and then automatically we will be saved? Again, we turn to the Holy Scriptures, once more to the words of our Lord Jesus in the book of Matthew chapter 7, verse 21.
[MATTHEW 7:21 NKJV]
What’s to be done? We’ve got to do the will of the Father in Heaven. What is the will of the Father in Heaven, that all must do in order to put themselves right with God? Again we turn to the Bible Ephesians 1:9-10
[EPHESIANS 1:9-10 NKJV]
So Chuck, that’s the will of God that you, me, and all people have to comply with. The will of God that all would be gathered together in one, in Christ. When the first century followers of Christ and the Apostles heard the Apostles teaching these things, how did they comply? How did they fulfill that will of God and thus, make themselves right with God? Romans 12, verse 4, verse 5.
[ROMANS 12:4-5 NKJV]
What did they do? They all joined together in one body with Christ as the head. They joined together, although they were many, they joined as one in Christ. And they joined in that one body, although they were so many. What was the one body into which they joined together? In Colossians 1:18, the body was identified.
[COLOSSIANS 1:18 NKJV]
That body is the Church. Which Church is the body of Christ according to the Bible? Here in Acts 20, verse 28, the name of the Church is made mention like this.
[ACTS 20:28 LAMSA]
The Church, the Church of Christ. So then Chuck, the Bible responds to your question, how do we put ourselves right with God. The Bible tells us how not to do it, and the Bible tells how to do it. And the Bible tells you, me, and all people who want to be saved to fulfill the will of God which is to be part of the body of Christ, the Church He shed His blood for, the Church Of Christ, the Iglesia Ni Cristo.
Chuck, that’s in the Bible.
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