Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Assurance of Salvation--Part 1

How to know that you are saved. In the Gospel there is a minimum of truth without which a person cannot be saved.

Here it is in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5:

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.”

Read it twice.

1. Christ. Who Jesus is.
2. Christ died for our sins according to the scripture.
3. That He was buried.
-His burial confirmed His death.
-He was dead and buried
-His burial confirmed His resurrection.
4. That He was raised on the third day according to the scripture.

This is the truth that saves. Believing any less than this will not result in salvation.

Go through the books of Acts and read the stories where people become believers. Read the paragraph before the conversions and notice what is preached. It is this minimum of truth that defines the gospel.

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