THE "HOW-TO'S" OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

(Unless otherwise stated, all references are from the New American Standard Bible)


How to Become Saved

Attaining eternal salvation is so simple, the larger part of the human race stumbles over the "how-to."

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."  (John 3:16)

 

"He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."  (John 3:18)

 

"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."  (John 3:36)

 

"They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:31)

Believing is the only criteria for eternal salvation.  The object of one's belief is Jesus Christ.  Many sincere people want to argue that belief alone is not sufficient to secure to one's self eternal salvation.  They want to add things to belief such things as repentance, baptism, public confession (raising hand, walking-the-aisle), speaking in tongues, praying the sinner's prayer, receiving Jesus into your heart, none of which have ever saved anyone.  It's as simple as "believing" in the One who died, was buried, and resurrected from the grave that secures eternal salvation.

Many argue that the Word belief is misleading because the English word belief is also used to mean "intellectual assent."  If a person is asked, "Do you believe in Jesus Christ?" that answer may well be "Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ,"  when all that is meant that this person gives intellectual assent that there once was a man named Jesus Christ.  They do not acknowledge Him as the Son of God who died for man's sins, was buried, and resurrected on the third day. The Bible's use of the Word belief makes it synonymous with the words trust and faith.

Man's eternal salvation is secured by trusting that Jesus Christ died for man's sins, was buried, and resurrected on the third day.

The Apostle Paul uses the word faith in Ephesians 2:8

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, {it is} the gift of God;" (Ephesians 2:8)

Grace refers to the provision of God the Father, namely, the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Grace is God the Father's provision, and faith is man's response to the Fathers provision.

Believe, trust, faith -- all synonymous terms used to declare the means by which any human being can secure to himself eternal salvation.  If you will believe in, trust, have faith in Jesus Christ, at the very moment of your belief, trust, faith, God gives you your eternal salvation.

Salvation is not necessarily attended by a feeling nor an emotional experience.  A person may "feel good" or "feel like the world has been lifted from their shoulders," but these feelings are not a requirement for salvation to occur.  It is one's belief, trust, faith that secures eternal salvation, not a feeling or experience.

Salvation, when it occurs, is eternal in nature.  This means that the moment a person is saved that person is saved forever and can never become lost.  This is sometimes referred to as "once-saved always-saved" or the "eternal security of the believer."  Both of these terms accurately portray God's plan of salvation for any person who will believe, trust, have faith in Jesus Christ.  There is not one single verse of Scripture in the entire Bible, when understood properly, that teaches that man can loose his salvation.  (If you believe that there is such a verse or verses, please send it/them to me for an explanation -- brettell@brettell.org )

Salvation does NOT depend upon how a person lives before or after salvation is attained.  To declare so is to make salvation dependent upon human works, and the Apostle Paul is very clear about this is Ephesians 2:9.

"not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."  (Ephesians 2:9)

Beware of the entrapment that says that if you are not living for Christ, you have never really been saved.  This is the "Lordship salvation" error.  Friend, Jesus is Lord whether you acknowledge Him as such or not.   Man is not required to work for his salvation, nor is he required to work to prove his salvation.

To add anything to belief, trust, faith, either before or after salvation is to destroy God's plan of how a person is to be saved.  No man has ever been saved by his own works, and no man will ever be saved by his own works; and let's be emphatically clear; there is not one single verse of Scripture in the entire Bible, when understood properly, that teaches that man is saved by some form of human merit.  (If you believe that there is such a verse or verses, please send it/them to me for an explanation -- brettell@brettell.org )

If the Holy Spirit is dealing with you right now, why not believe in, place your trust in, have faith in Jesus Christ right now and receive your so great eternal salvation.  The choice is yours.  Don't stumble over it just because the means seems too simple or too easy for you.  Remember, it cost Jesus Christ His life to provide your salvation.  Don't stumble over it!

If you have chosen to believe in, trust in, have faith in Jesus Christ as a result of reading this information, why not e-mail me and allow me to guide you into the moment-by-moment Christian walk? -- brettell@brettell.org  

How to Avoid Hell and the Lake of Fire

 

You can avoid hell and the lake of fire by becoming saved (see above "How to Become Saved").

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"He that believeth on him is not condemned [ to hell or the lake of fire ]: but he that believeth not is condemned [ to hell and the lake of fire ] already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)

How to Get Victory Over the Flesh

Please click on the following title for the "how-to" get victory over the flesh:  "Christian, You Never Have to Sin Again."

Summary "Operation KRY" -- Know, Reckon, Yield:

1)    Know that your old-man is identified with Christ in His death on the cross.

2)    Reckon your old-man dead.

3)    Know that you new-man is identified with Christ in His resurrection.

4)    Reckon your new man alive unto Christ.

5)    Yield your members to righteousness.

If you are sick-and-tired of being sick-and-tired, "Operation KRY is your means of deliverance."  I would also recommend that you come to a clear understanding of what Miles Stanford terms the "identification and reckoning truths."  You can read about them by clicking on the following two links:

http://www.brettell.org/miles.htm (3 booklets)

http://withchrist.org/MJS/  (only for the hungry-heart)

 

Victory over the flesh is such an important issue in the life of EVERY born-again Christian that if you are having difficulty understanding any of the information in the documents found in the three links mentioned above, please e-mail me, and if we need to talk personally, we can do it in one of two ways:  1) I'll give you my phone number to call; or 2) you can reach me on "SKYPE" under the name jamesbrettell -- my Skype name.

How to Confess Post-salvation Personal Sins

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. " (1 John 1:9)  There it is.  If we "confess."  The Greek word translated "confess" is "homologeo" and means to name, cite, identify.  Pure and simple, if a born-again Christian commits a personal after salvation (post-salvation), he is required to NAME that sin to God the Father (all prayer is offered to the Father in the Name of the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit).  You might ask, "You mean only NAME it."  Yes, that's exactly what is meant.  "Lord, I lied."  "Lord, I stole."  "Lord, I murdered."  "Lord, I was angry."  "Lord, I gossiped."  "Lord, I got drunk."  "Lord, I shot-up cocaine."  Again, you might say, "Well, that sounds too easy."  Again, the answer is simple.  Why do you want to add more to God's plan that He has stated. He says, "Confess (name it)."  You say, "Repent."  He says, "Confess (name it)."  You say, "plead the blood."  He says, "Confess (name it)."  You say, "Dedicate."  He says, "Confess (name it)."  You say, "Re-dedicate."  He says, "Confess (name it)."  You say, "Feel sorry for my sins."  He says, "Confess (name it)."  You say, "Forgive me."  God says, "NAME IT."

Why name it?  Should we conclude that God doesn't know and needs to be informed?  Certainly not.  We name it because God wants US to know that WE know that WE have sinned.  He knew it in eternity past.

If I offer you a piece of my German Chocolate Cake, and you say, "What's in it?" And I say, "Well, two cups of dirt, several small stones, a few blades of grass, a little water, and some sugar."  You reply, "That's not a German Chocolate cake."  My response, "Why not?" And you answer, "Because you didn't follow the recipe."

I now have a question for you.  If we can't make a German Chocolate Cake without following the recipe, why should we believe that we can receive forgiveness of sins if we don't follow God's recipe, namely, confess (NAME) our sin(s)?  The obvious answer is that we can't and don't.

You might ask, "Well, what if I was sincere?"  Sincerity is not the issue.  One can be sincere and be sincerely wrong.  God says, "Name it, and I will forgive and cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness."

The word ALL refers to both known and unknown sins.  A believer can only name the sins that he knows are sins, and when known sins are confessed, God forgives not only the known, but also the unknown.  In this manner, the deck has now been cleared for the believer to once again yield himself to the indwelling God the Holy Spirit for his sevenfold manifestations through the life of the believer.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me:  brettell@brettell.org

(the following information will be added soon)

How to Get Victory Over the World

How to Get Victory Over the Devil

 


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Date and Time Last Edited:  07/10/09 01:52 PM