Way to Christ
1. IN whom has God made us accepted?
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath
blessed us with all spiritual blessings. . . in Christ: according as He hath
chosen us in Him. . . to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He
hath made us accepted in the Beloved." Eph. 1:3-6.
2. What great
gift comes with our acceptance of Christ?
this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son,
and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise
him up at the last day." John 6:40. See also John 17:2.
3. What is
the first and primary evidence of our acceptance with God?
receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this
is the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son. . . . And
this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this
life is in His Son." 1 John 5:9-11.
of all faith and acceptance is the word of God, - that
which God Himself has said. To receive and believe this is the
first essential to salvation, - the first evidence of acceptance.
4. Why did
John write his testimony concerning God's love and purpose in giving
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." Verse 13. "These
are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son
of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name." John
witness does the true believer in Christ have that he is accepted of God?
"He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:
he that believeth not God bath made Him a liar; because he
believeth not the record that God gave of His Son." 1 John 5:10.
NOTE.-Faith and feeling should not be confounded. Faith is ours
in the Word of God, regardless or our feelings, and often in opposition
even to our feelings. Many fail to accept the pardon and assurance of
the acceptance of Heaven, because they do not take God at His word, but
instead turn their attention to their changeable moods and feelings. Faith
always precedes the joyful feelings which naturally result from
the assurance of forgiveness and acceptance. This order is never reversed.
6. How only
do any become children of God?
all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Gal. 3:26.
7. What is
the foundation of faith?
cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Rom. 10:17.
assurance has the believer of his union with God?
we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of
His Spirit." 1 John 4:13.
9. What three
definite witnesses of acceptance are mentioned by John?
three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and
the blood: and these three agree in one." 1 John 5:8.
10. How does
the Spirit witness to our acceptance with God?
ye are sons, God bath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts,
crying, Abba, Father." Gal. 4:6. "The Spirit itself beareth
witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. " Rom. 8:16.
Of what is Christian baptism an evidence?
many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."
baptism, the water and the Spirit both bear witness of God's acceptance.
The same Spirit which, at Christ's baptism, said, "This is My
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased," witnesses to the acceptance of every sincere believer at his baptism.
12. To what
does the blood of Christ witness?
things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. . . . If we walk in
the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and
the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1
John 1:4-7. "In whom we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins." Eph. 1:7. See also Rev. 1:5,6.
13. When may
we find acceptance with God through Christ?
"I have heard thee in
a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have
I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now
is the day of salvation." 2 Cor. 6:2.
14. To whom,
therefore, should we ascribe glory and honor?
Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and
hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory
and dominion forever and ever. Amen." Rev. 1:5,6.
15. What is
another evidence of divine acceptance?
that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the
brethren." 1 John 3:14.
blessed assurance is given all believers in Christ?
"And the peace
of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:7.
Shake off thy
The bleeding Sacrifice
In my behalf
Before the throne my Saviour stands,
My name is written on His
wounds He bears,
Received on Calvary;
They strongly speak for me.
Forgive him, O, forgive! they cry,
Nor let the
contrite sinner die!
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