THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION
Nov. 23, 1997
INTRODUCTION: One of the most encouraging aspects of
the Christian life is that God has given us wonderful promises.
There are 1000’s of them recorded for us in the Bible.
Someone said, “Christians do not live by explanation; they live
by promises.” Experiences that defy explanation come to all of
us. But where there are no explanations, there are always the
promises of God. In His good time He will help us understand
what is taking place.
When you are facing a situation you do not understand, which
would you rather have; an answer to that specific problem , or
the One who has the answer to every problem? When answers
aren’t enough, there is Jesus.
You and I need to learn to appropriate the promises of God in
our lives. We need to find and claim those promises. God
never, ever fails to do what He says in the Bible He will do.
“Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the Living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.”
The writer was a little concerned that the Hebrews rest on their
achievements and not press on to full maturity and the
enjoyment of God’s rich inheritance. In verses 7-8, he makes
reference to their fruit. This is the fruit of Christian character
and conduct produced by the Spirit as we mature in Christ.
Verse 9 introduces the fact that the fruit of salvation should be
visible in the believer’s life. The writer was persuaded or
convinced of this reality.
If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be
enough evidence to convict you.
Note his word of address v.9 “beloved”; divinely loved ones;
speaks of relationship. Their lives demonstrated that they
belonged to God. It does not matter what we call ourselves if
we do not demonstrate the truth of it.
The writer is about to issue an encour ...
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