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If God come tonight, will you be saved?

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This question should not be something we dwell on too much. Remember, Jesus simply wants to know us and be close to us. Rather than focus on if we will be saved, we should try to focus on growing and developing our relationship with Jesus.

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Yes indeed. There are many professed Christians that will hear the words from Jesus,

"...I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity." (Matt 7:23) Jesus wants to acknowledge and recognize us as His own children. But relationship with Him is ultimately shown/proven by our actions.

Therefore, one of the "self-tests" given to us by Spirit, so that we might know where we stand with Him, is through the examination of our own "fruits"...

"And hereby we do know that we know Him -- if we keep His commandments." (1Jn 2:3)
A part of our sense of security necessarily comes from honest self-examination I believe.

With reference to developing a relationship with Jesus, I think the following thought has a part --
"It is obedience to the word of the living God that brings men into close relationship with Christ."
(R&H April 1900)
Welcome to the site Jeremy. I agree with both your reply and Stewart's. What concerns me most about the concept of whether or not we are saved is that old idea of "once saved, always saved". I never thought of it exactly how you put it, but yes, we should focus on continuing to develop our relationship with Jesus. I mean, if we don't work on developing that, then it becomes stagnant. The thought that leads to for me is best expressed as a question. "If you made friends with someone in the third grade and neither of you worked on growing in or developing that friends as you grew up, would you still count that person as a friend ten years later?" Friendships have to continue to grow to remain vibrant. Now I'm realizing just how much that is so with our relationship with Jesus.
One simple question for all of us;
If God come tonight, will you be saved?

As for me, I believe I will. It is not because of me being cocky or anything like that. I feel really sure I woill be saved because of what the scripture says and my response towards what the scripture says.

Take for instance John 3:16....For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

I believe........Does that mean I just believe and not do anything...once saved always saved..God forbid

The scripture " work out your salvation with fear and an action
Phil. 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

I remember giving a message one Sabbath, about the woman with the issue of blood..Matt 9:20..Mark 5:25....Luke 8:43, and it entails faith, works, and health. After I was done, I was not allowed to speak in our church again because I was told I put too much attention on works.

Now the scripture says that faith without works is dead.

So the work that I must do is work on my relationship with God, and have Faith that when He comes, whether today or tomorrow, I am confident that I will be saved.....Phil 1:6 says
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

So with that, yes I believe that is where my cockyness comes from. Believing that I will be saved when He comes because HE is doing the work, not me.

Then there is the scripture that say "These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth."

Rev. 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

So As I follow Jesus wheresoever He goes, which in this case in in the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, BY FAITH, then I will be part of the living 144,000, when He comes.

If I die before He comes, I know that I will be raise and saved, because of my relationship I had with Him before I died.

You see, God knows us by our fruits. I seem ersons who claim to be going to Heaven when Jesus comes, but what comes out of their mouths when they speak is autrotious.

The following statement just happens to be part of this Sabbaths, Sabbath School Lesson...

He who has become a partaker of the divine nature, knows that his citizenship is above. He catches the inspiration from the Spirit of Christ. His soul is hid with Christ in God. Such a man, Satan can no longer employ as his instrumentality to insinuate himself into the very sanctuary of God, to defile the temple of God. He gains victories at every step. He is filled with ennobling thoughts. He regards every human being as precious, because Christ has died for every soul. {ML 277.3}

The man who waits upon the Lord is strong in his strength, strong enough to hold firm under great pressure. Yet he is easy to be entreated on the side of mercy and compassion, which is the side of Christ. The soul that is submissive to God, is ready to do the will of God; he diligently, and humbly, seeks to know that will. He accepts discipline, and is afraid to walk according to his own finite judgment. He communes with God, and his conversation is in heaven. {ML 277.4}
Linked to the Infinite One, man is made partaker of the divine nature. Upon him, the shafts of evil have no effect; for he is clothed with the panoply of Christ's righteousness. {ML 277.5}

This next reading is a must read

There are dangers to be guarded against, on the right hand, and on the left. There will be inexperienced ones, newly come to the faith, who need to be strengthened, and to have a correct example before them. {2SM 20.1}

Now genuine faith always works by love.

When you look to Calvary, it is not to quiet your soul in the nonperformance of duty, not to compose yourself to sleep, but to create faith in Jesus, faith that will work, purifying the soul from the slime of selfishness.

When we lay hold of Christ, by faith, our work has just begun. Every man has corrupt and sinful habits that must be overcome by vigorous warfare. Every soul is required to fight the fight of faith.

If one is a follower of Christ, he cannot be sharp in deal, he cannot be hardhearted, devoid of sympathy. He cannot be coarse in his speech. He cannot be full of pomposity and self-esteem. He cannot be overbearing, nor can he use harsh words, and censure and condemn. {2SM 20.3}

The labor of love, springs from the work of faith. Bible religion means constant work.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16).

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. We are to be zealous of good works, be careful to maintain good works.
And the true Witness says: "I know thy works" (Rev. 2:2). {2SM 20.4}

While it is true that our busy activities will not, in themselves, ensure salvation, it is also true that faith, which unites us to Christ, will stir the soul to activity. {2SM 20.5}

Those who have no time to give attention to their own souls, to examine themselves daily, whether they be in the love of God, and place themselves in the channel of light, will have time to give to the suggestions of Satan, and the working out of his plans. {2SM 20.6}

Satan will insinuate himself by little wedges, which widen as they make a place for themselves. The specious devices of Satan will be brought into the special work of God at this time.--Manuscript 16, 1890. {2SM 21.1}
We should never forget that we are placed on trial in this world, to determine our fitness for the future life. None can enter heaven whose characters are defiled by the foul blot of selfishness. Therefore, God tests us here, ....R. & H., May 16, 1893. {CS 22.1}

Happy Sabbath!
Jesus feels that it's important that we KNOW :

1John 5:13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."

Let me describe it this way ...

If someone bought a birthday gift for you, wrapped it up and then went over to your house and reached out to give it to you ...
You then reached out to accept it .... Once you are holding it .... do you have it?

(Please note: This is not a discussion on 'once saved always saved'. What happens in the future has not been discussed. You may decide to throw the gift in the trash. Would you then have the gift? NO. So, we just can't know what your future choice will be. But we can know that at this moment you have the assurance of having the gift. :)
N Him....Salvation is a free gift, period. What you do with that gift is up to you....we agree on that issue, correct?

So, "how do you know that you will be saved", I believe that is the question.

It is a relationship thing.

What I stated earlier, still stands.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

He that believeth what?
"He that believeth what?"

I think scripture is clear:

1John 5:13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
Most people have said it already, so i dont need to go further in on it.
However i think the question should have been, if you die tonight, will you be saved?
We know Jesus is not coming tonight(scripture etc), however...
When we die, Christ has come already, cause the moment from dead till resurrection day is like a blink of an eye.
So yeah, i agree with the other respondents, its about building/devoloping a relationship with Christ everyday.
Its also good to reflect on Jesus his prayer before his dead, in John 17 and 1 Thessalonians 4, it gives a lot of inside on Christ's mission and our walk as christians.

God bless you all
Mel...I like to look at it this way...not saying that anything was wrong in what you were saying it...

If I die today, or tonight, my probation is closed.

If one is on probation, they would have to stay out of trouble in order to stay out of jail. So that means I have to work at staying out of jail. Be heave myself.

So I would of had to work out my salvation with fear and trembling.

If God come tonight, will you be saved?
if Im not sure,Im a waster time??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Know so ...


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