Nov 30

Sea of Forgetfulness – Remembered no More!

“My sins are gone! They are cast into the sea of God’s forgetfulness.” That is a common phrase among Christians today. There are posts on Facebook and it is even the title (or the primary thought) of several major CCM songs (see here). But can it really be so? It is almost too good to be true!

Sea of Forgetfulness

sea of forgetfulnessI am absolutely certain that when God forgives our sin, He intends for that forgiveness to be eternal! It is not in the nature of God to drag up forgiven sins and point them out to us. Instead, the devil is the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev 12:10) and he is constantly accusing us before God. He (devil/satan) is also busy accusing us of things we did before we were forgiven, and telling us that we are no better than we were before. When that happens, we can just remind the devil that Jesus’ blood has bought our forgiveness and that he (the devil) has no claim to us any longer! (John 8:36)

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Aug 26

When am I saved?

Recently, a person with whom I correspond asked this question. Here is a part of the question:

Am I saved because I say “I love you Jesus, come into my heart”? Or am I saved when the Spirit enters my soul and sends a message to me that we are now one. …

My point is this. I believe that Jesus makes the decision, not us. He has the power to give Salvation. Man does not have the power to take it when he wants it.

Here is my reply…

I understand where you are coming from. The problem (IMHO) is in the definition of the word “saved.” It all depends upon your theological perspective. The varied definitions of what & when have caused a multitude of other conflicting theological issues as well (“once saved, always saved” is a good example.)

Recently, I saw a non-trinitarian church sign which said, “Acts 2:38 – The plan of salvation.” I assume that they believe (as many “oneness” churches do) that you are not SAVED until you repent, are baptized “in the name of Jesus Christ” and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (as a simplistic reading of Acts 2:38 may suggest).

Not meaning to “throw gasoline on the fire” but the NIV uses the term “being saved” in Acts 2:47; 1Co 1:18 & 2Co 2:15. This suggests that it has not yet happened! Another phrase that speaks of our relationship to God is “redemption.” But that also is used for events that have not yet come to pass: cf. Ep. 4:30; 1:14 & Lu 21:28.

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