Posts Tagged ‘Salvation’

If someone believes that they got themselves into Christ, then it is only natural to believe they can get themselves out of Christ. But Hebrews 12:2 clearly states that God is both the Author and Finisher or Perfecter of our faith. He began it and He finishes it perfectly. To say you can lose your salvation is saying Christ can only save me if I keep up my salvation. The truth is, you will keep up your salvation perfectly because of the new willing heart that God has given you and the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, which you received when you were Born Again by the power and will of God and God alone (John 1:13). God has guaranteed your perseverance and your perfect “keeping up of your salvation” (if you want to say that, which I don’t). But when you do persevere you can also say what Paul did in 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”

There is a wealth of Bible passages that guarantee that our salvation is perfectly secure in Christ. There are some passages that people like to look to to try to say that you can lose your salvation, and the most popular one that people use is actually rarely read in context, which is the key to understanding anything in the Bible. This is Hebrews 6:4-6. Let’s look at these verses real quickly and then make some final thoughts.

4For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

People will say that these verses guarantee that people can lose their salvation. We have two problems with that;

  1. Language like enlightened, tasting the heavenly gift, sharing in the Holy Spirit, tasting the Word of God and  the powers of the age to come, do not, I repeat, DO NOT mean that the person was saved. Remember the audience of Hebrews that were being written to here. The Jews were enlightened with the knowledge of who God was because they were given the law and were His chosen people. They tasted of many heavenly gifts such as the manna in the desert in Moses‘ time and Christ’s bread and fish in John 6. They shared in the Holy Spirit in the sense that they experienced the Holy Spirit empowered ministry of Jesus and tasted of Christ’s Word. They also tasted of the powers of the age to come in the many interactions with God through Moses and Christ, as well as every other prophet in scripture. That didn’t mean that everyone who did those things were saved, in fact the reality is that in spite of all those interactions, most still did not believe. A whole generation was left in the wilderness before entering the promise land after the great “experiences” or instances of “enlightenment.” After they all “taste of the heavenly gifts” of Jesus Christ in John 6, the thousands that were well fed just a few verses earlier left Jesus in the dust when he said that God is sovereign over who comes and does not come to Jesus and has eternal life, thus proving that they were never truly born again, they just desired to have their bellies filled for free. What this verse is really saying is that when a person has the fullest experience of who God really is in Christ, and then they reject Him, they are never capable of getting more information and are saying they understand it all, and they still don’t want Him. You can try to tell them, but they have all the knowledge you can give them, it is hopeless.
  2. If you are going to say these verses prove you can lose your salvation, you have to also at least be consistent with the rest of verse 6 which clearly says that this person can never again be restored to repentance because they would be re-crucifying Christ. The crazy thing is that everyone who believes that you can lose your salvation also believes that you can get it back again. This verse clearly says you can’t restore them again to repentance, it’s impossible (Verse 4 and 6).

Telling people they can lose their salvation is more fear-mongering than it is equipping people for the battle that we all face everyday. That’s like a King saying to his people about to go into battle, “gear up, but you will probably lose cause I ain’t fighting with you. I will be back in the castle living it up. Good luck.”

My King says, “I guarantee your victory in this battle because I am the one leading the charge and doing all the fighting. When you succeed it is only because I’ve given you power to defeat your enemy. Also, I have determined the end from the beginning so I know infallibly that you will win this and all battles because I Am the Alpha and Omega and I will do all that I set out to do.”


The Lamb’s Book of Life that is. I just finished watching a sermon by a certain pastor that I will not name because he is not the point of this blog post. Something he said was very intriguing though. The message overall was decent, actually one of this pastor’s better messages that I heard in a long time. But one thing he said jumped out at me and I wanted to try to let the Bible speak for itself on the matter. He gave a salvation story about a nameless and faceless man that could be you or I. Near the end of the message he proceeded to try to show what was happening in God’s realm. He said that the Word of God is powerful enough for a man to pick it up and read it and then give his life to Jesus because of the amazing promise found inside of Scripture. I was totally with him. But then he said that after this man believed then his name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life in Heaven.  Now, you might agree with that statement. I think a lot of people probably do. The problem is with some of the implications of this thought process.

Is it my belief that makes God write my name in the book? If so, that means, in some way, I save myself. I put my name in the book by believing. And then if this is true, it makes perfect sense that I could lose my salvation, because I could just stop believing and then I suppose God takes his giant eraser and removes my name from the book. Is this really how this works? In the book, out of the book. In… out… in… out…

Or could it be something entirely different? Could it be that the fact that you believe is based on the fact that your name was already written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? You may want biblical support for this, and I would hope so. Plus you, the believer in Christ, might start to wonder when the writing of your name in this Book occurred. Well here’s the biblical support and the answer to this question.

Revelation 13:5-8 ESV

“[5] And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. [6] It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. [7] Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, [8] and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.”

Notice in the context of these verses, the reason why these people worshiped the beast is because their names were not in the Book. There is power in our names being written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

God wrote down all the names of those whom He would save. He wrote all of their names down in this book. He wrote every name of every Christian down. When did He write it? “Before the foundations of the world.” One causes the other. If your name is written in the book, then you believe. God puts our names in the book. We do not. If I got myself in, I would surely get myself out. I know myself all too well. Because God put my name in there, he promises to never let anyone take my name out (John 10:28).

Also something to get your mind’s gears turning; notice how before there was anything (before the foundations of the world) there was a book and the book’s title was The Book of Life of the Lamb that was Slain. So before the foundations of the world, God was planning that His Son would be slain. Redemption was not God’s reaction to everything falling apart, it was the plan from the beginning.

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I haven’t blogged something for a little while now. I’m getting back into the rhythm of teaching. I was just thinking about something this morning and I figured I would share it with everyone.

As Christians, because of Jesus’ work on the cross, we are reconciled back to God. As Romans 5:8 says,”… while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” A problem I was thinking about this morning and over the weekend is that we have yet to become perfected.


We are still being perfected as Hebrews 10:14 explains. Even though we are “being perfected”, Hebrews 10:14 tells us that we are perfect in God’s sight. That is because of Christ’s completed work and his righteousness imputed to us fallen sinners. I’m very appreciative toward my pastor Doug Rehberg for reminding me of something amazing. I read it before in an R. C. Sproul book. He said,

“The Father appointed us to salvation (Acts 13:48), Jesus accomplished everything that we needed for salvation, and the Holy Spirit applies that finished work to the elect.”

It makes for a great acrostic. Remember the three A’s.

  1. The Father Appoints
  2. The Son Accomplishes
  3. The Spirit Applies

Another great thing to understand is that were predestined by God before the foundations of the world for salvation and to be conformed to the image of Jesus, as Ephesians 1:3-10 explains. Some people think that reformed theology is that God chooses people to save and it doesn’t matter if that person even loves Jesus or progresses in Christ-likeness. This is just an unfair description of the reformed view of predestination and election and that is not the way reformed people think. 

The truth is that God chose us before the creation of our world, and the effect of that choosing is that we are “blameless and holy before him.”

-Ephesians 1:4

If you read Ephesians 1, you will understand that God chooses us and the effect of that choosing is that we love God. The point I want to talk about today is that even though God now sees us as perfect because of what Jesus has done, we still sin. A couple of verses that I have been thinking about lately are Philippians 3:12-15. It says,

[Straining Toward the Goal]
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own (progressively growing in holiness and Christ-likeness), because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it (perfection) my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

The part I want to focus on is this: “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.”

I still sin, but so did Paul. So did all the apostles. King David, Elijah, Moses, (etc.). They all were sinners. Paul is saying here though that we need to be striving to grow in holiness, or as he puts it, make it our own. Why should we do this? Because Christ Jesus has made us his own. This really is an amazing thought. Jesus has made me his own.

Notice how it does not say that Christ Jesus offered that he would make us his own. It says that he did it! He made us his own. God gave us to Jesus (John 6:37) and he made us his own by his completed incarnate work. This very fact motivated Paul to not look back at his sins, but repent and continue on this race toward becoming like Jesus. Jesus made us his own, and now, by the Holy Spirit’s power, we must strive toward this goal and make it our own. Our past, present, and future sins were all nailed to Jesus on the cross. Repent, get back up, and work toward this amazing goal.

I am writing today with eagerness – encouraging whoever reads this to examine your life and what effect it has on those around you. The best passage of scripture I can think of using to illustrate my point today is 1 Timothy 4:15-16,

15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

We have to, as Paul says, “keep a close watch on [ourselves] and on the teaching. Persist in this,  for” or because, “by doing so [we] will save both [ourselves] and [our] hearers.” What is this passage really saying? What are we to persist in? How do we save ourselves and our hearers? What does this mean? Let’s look at the ESV Study Bible note, because it states it clearly and concisely. It states,

“Timothy’s perseverance in sound doctrine and practice will save him, i.e., it will lead him to persevere in the faith, confirming his salvation. This type of ministry will be effective in preserving his hearers as well.”

This verse and it’s implications are quite clear to me. What we believe about the character and nature of God (sound doctrine) and how our beliefs transcend into daily living have an affect on the people around us. My question is does our life help or hinder people’s understanding of the Bible? What I mean by this is if someone were to talk to you and observe how you live, and then pick up the bible and read it for themselves, would what they read in the Bible make sense based off of what they have been taught by you (through your actual verbal teaching and through observing how you live), or would the Bible be even more confusing?

If you are a pastor, a small group leader, or simply a Christian you are going to have people looking at you and then looking at the Bible. If you say that God is not angry, people will then read their Bible and see verses like John 3:36,

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

So when someone tries to cover up or ignore God’s wrath, it hinders people when they read the Bible because people are going to bump into more verses in the Bible that discuss God’s anger and wrath than His love. A.W. Pink states, “A study of the concordance will show that there are more references in Scripture to the anger, fury, and wrath of God, than there are to His love and tenderness.” Don’t create a new god and then make believe it is truly Yahweh. People will encounter the true God when they read the Bible in its entirety and it will be an earth-shattering experience for them, because they watched and learned from you.

There are a ton of other examples I could talk about. People nowadays are saying that God is okay with homosexuality, the Bible says the opposite (Romans 1:26-27). People say God doesn’t know all of the future because if He did then our human choices wouldn’t matter. The Bible says God knows everything – period (Isaiah 46:10). People say you can lose your salvation. The Bible teaches that God keeps His own (Jude 24) by causing us to walk in His ways, causing us to obey all His commandments (Ezekiel 36:27), and willing and working in us for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13, Hebrews 13:21); not to mention that He promises to finish what He has started – namely our faith (Philippians 1:6). People say that God only chooses those whom choose him, yet the Bible teaches that God chooses people based solely on his own sovereign choice (Ephesians 1:5). I could say a multitude of things that cults say that are in direct contradiction to the Bible, but for the sake of brevity I won’t go there.

The point is, we need to be thinking and teaching correct things about God, so that when people sit down to study God, they aren’t trying to figure out who they should listen to; us or the Bible.

One example of this in my own life, is when I started to see things in the Bible that really made God out to be a lot bigger than I gave Him credit for in the past. I had a lot of questions that were arising from my own Bible reading. I asked some people their thoughts on the subject, and they completely disagreed with what I clearly saw in scripture. It just felt like the truth, and I couldn’t twist the Bible to mean something else. Every time I tried to change the clear meaning from the text, I felt so convicted and I couldn’t do it. People in my life were making my own personal study of the Bible confusing. They would say things like, “that is not like my god,” and, “I couldn’t worship a god like that.” But this is the only God that makes sense with the rest of the Bible for me. And the people who disagreed with me couldn’t explain how my view of God was not biblical, yet they couldn’t explain how theirs was. Praise God that there were people in my life who did see the same glorious God in scripture and helped me understand Him more accurately. And when they did, it made the whole Bible come alive to me.

Does your life lead people to love the Bible? Not in the sense that they worship the Bible, but they love the Bible because they find their soul’s completely satisfying Savior within its pages.

In closing, I want to look at one more text. Psalm 119:79,

“Let those who fear you turn to me,
that they may know your testimonies.”

I think this verse completely speaks to this topic. David is saying that he wants people who fear God to look at his life, because when they do they will understand God’s word. Those who fear God know that if they don’t know God correctly then He is dishonored. God is strongly to be feared, especially when we attribute to Him less than God-honoring qualities. The person who fears God, knows this. And David is saying that if these type of people, who want to know God accurately, turn to him, they will be brought to a deeper and more accurate understanding of God. I pray that this is the case for myself, and anyone else who is reading this, so that we save ourselves and our hearers.

Know, preach, and teach the things of God accurately, so that God is honored and people are edified.

I’m all for social justice, as long as it does not become anyone’s works that they feel merit salvation and as long as it does not get so intertwined with the gospel that there is confusion as to what the gospel is. The truth of the gospel is told in many verses, but let’s look at Matthew 1:21,

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

Jesus came to save people from their sins, not ultimately from a bad physical situation here on a sinful planet. The main problem that He saves us from is the disease, SIN, not ultimately from all the symptoms or affects of that disease. Yes, the word “salvation” is used in the Old Testament for God delivering His people from slavery in the physical sense, but this was a foreshadowing of the fact that we are all slaves to sin and that we need an all-satisfying Savior.

I am all for feeding the homeless, drilling wells for clean water, adoption and foster care, battling sex trafficking, and all the other things involved in the social gospel, but I want to draw attention to the fact that Christians are not the only people that are concerned with these things. Muslims, Atheists, Agnostics, and a whole list of other humans are concerned about these things. Christians stand out, or at least need to stand out, because of what our Lord Jesus has taught us. Jesus has taught us that He is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one gets eternal life except by and through Him.

How should we stand out?

So I am all for loving my neighbor as myself, but is it true love if the gospel is never given to these hurting people? Let’s say that the homeless person is fed, the poor people get clean water, the orphan gets adopted, the woman is freed from sexual slavery, and not one of those people are given the gospel (the truth that Jesus came to save sinners from their sins and that whoever repents and believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life)- then the day after all this happens, they all die and are in ETERNAL (not just the here and now) punishment  and torment forever. Is that loving of us? When we are doing good deeds, they must always be accompanied by the whole of the gospel being PROCLAIMED to the people we are serving. Notice this play on words; we think that we are filling the “hole” in the gospel by doing social justice, and yet we are in most cases not delivering the “whole” gospel because we leave out the details of Jesus’ message. Actions should accompany truth statements, but actions alone cannot trump truth statements. In fact, the bible goes as far as to say, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). You cannot just serve people and not tell them the hard but amazing truth of the gospel, and think that God is satisfied with you. You must speak Jesus’ very exclusive message to all who will hear it and even to those that will not.

We are seeing some element of the falling apart of mainline evangelicalism and I would argue it is because we got so angry at the preachers of old who would correct us, tell us to repent of our sins, exalt God and His will above man and his will, and speak of such things as hell, fire, and brimstone.

Imagine this situation; A man comes up to a village of starving Africans, he feeds them and digs a well for them so that they have clean water for sanitation purposes and to drink. He then says, “Jesus has given this to you. Accept Jesus and believe!” There is no reason to think this whole village would not start to profess their love for Jesus and call themselves Christians. Now imagine the same situation, but this time we know a little more about the village. They worship all kinds of false gods (not that I am claiming that this is any way different from our “gods” that America worship; it is all idolatry if you’re not worshiping Jesus). The man gives them the same food and digs the same well. Then he tells them about the gospel. He informs them that they are indeed sinners and deserve the just punishment of their unrighteous deeds that belittle our perfect, holy, and righteous God. Then he explains that they need to no longer worship their idols and instead worship Jesus. He then quotes John 3:36,

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

I would hope and pray that they would still love, believe, and follow the same Jesus after this kind of gospel presentation. Peter Cha explains exactly how I feel in this short video clip.

So let us go out into the world and love our neighbors as ourselves, knowing that this love is incomplete if we do not share the truth of Jesus’ timeless message. Whether we say it to them or not, Jesus still demands things from people. He demands faith, repentance, and loyalty. As a reformed person I can rest in the fact that He grants exactly what He commands to whomever He wills, but this still does not negate His commands and expectations for the entire human race. You can only truly love someone by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to them. Think about that….

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So I was watching a video online this morning and I saw something familiar. Small world…

I thought I’d just throw out some random things just to get them out there.

  • We finally ordered high-speed internet so Jamie and I will actually be able to use the internet at the same time, and it won’t be over the Cricket network. Right now, we use a Cricket USB modem. Can’t wait for high-speed.
  • Even though I have been off for the summer from my teaching job, I really need a vacation. I have to get out of this town! haha.
  • I am somewhat excited to get back to teaching. I am looking forward to finding new and exciting ways to share the gospel with elementary-age children. If you didn’t know already, I am a worship leader and a full-time tutor at a Christian school. I run a chapel service every Wednesday that is truly a blessing to me and I hope to all the kids as well. I’m allowed to preach and lead worship! What an amazing privilege. Last night, I couldn’t sleep because I felt like God was giving me all these great ideas for things to do during the services. Ever feel like God is giving you these amazing ideas, but you know that you can’t do them on your own and you can’t do them without a great deal of resources? That’s what I feel like now. Not just with my the ministry I do at the school, but with a lot of different things too. I really hope and pray that God enables me to see some of these ideas fleshed out into real life. Do you ever do this though: you’ll have all these ideas and then they just drift into nowhere and they never come to fruition? Like there is a place where all lofty ideas and goals go to die. Hopefully some of these ideas don’t go there! lol.
  • I really have been frustrated lately with … (as I type this I start to realize that God is the one in control so I have to be careful with any frustrations. Ultimately I am frustrated with the way God is doing things so I must repent and instead, offer up prayers to God for him to bring about certain things, but also knowing that it is up to Him and His will to bring about those things and His judgment is perfect and sinless.) Sooooo…. lol.
  • I guess I should say I really pray for things to change. One of things I pray most about right now is for the salvation of one of my best friends who is currently not a believer. Notice I said in the last point that ultimately God is in control. Fully in control. Here is my Calvinism (which I would rather just call biblical thinking) coming out. My friend is blind to the truth of the gospel and Jesus Christ. Jesus says, “No one can come to me unless the Father draws him.” So if my friend is still blind to God and not able to see Him for who He truly is, because of the blinding effect of inherited and willful sin, I need God to do something. I need God to exercise His free will and break that blindness and choose to show my friend mercy and grace. God in no way has to do that. No one has claim on his mercy or grace. God is not in debt to anyone. That is not how it works. God is free to show mercy and grace to whoever He wills (reference Romans 9:14-18). If you are reading this, pray for my friend. Pray that his household comes to know Christ as did Crispus’ household in Acts 18:8.
  • Did you ever really think about the fact that some unbelievers are so much more kind and selfless than believers and wonder why? I was talking to Jamie recently about this and she made a good point. She said, “they believe that as long as they are good people and they do good to others, then they will be in heaven.” Then I thought, we Christians know we are sinners saved by grace and that we are far from being perfect. For us, it almost seems okay that we are stuck in our sin and remain mean and selfish. Then we think, “well Jesus died for our sins so it’s okay.” The Bible warns us of this terribly dangerous way of thinking. Hebrews 10:26, “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” We can learn a lot from non-believers. Although these kind acts may be done in some sad attempt to gain a pleasant afterlife, and in the end find out that all those righteous acts were as filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6), they could honestly be doing some of the good acts that the law lays out, because the Bible says in Romans 2:14-16 “For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.” God judges the heart, but I have been shown great friendship from certain unbelievers. The experience has led me to thank God for them and also it has motivated me to be better marked by love, for Christ sake.
  • I’m not handy at all but, I put in a pulley system so that Jamie can now hang clothes outside our apartment. Here is a picture of that.

    Makes me want to use it as a rip chord but I know it won't hold me.

    I had so much fun making this it makes me want to make some kind of crazy pulley system. Got any ideas?

  • Well that’s all for now.

I thank God that He has given me food to eat today. I am so thankful that I have a place to call home. I am thankful for my beautiful wife who is an answer to many prayers. I am thankful for the many strong fellow comrades in the Faith with whom God has gifted me. As I sit here writing this post next to my sleeping dog, Daisy, I thank God for such an awesome little lovable pet. And I really thank God for my health and pain-free physical existence right now.  God has been very good to me. He has given me way more than I should have ever been given. He has been very unfair to such an unrighteous sinner as myself and I am forever grateful towards Him for that.

The truth is that eventually all those blessings could be taken away. One that I am sure of is health. We are all slowly dying. Nobody wants to talk or think about death, even though it is a reality for us all. There is one thing that I wanted to discuss today. We are all going to die and we are going to need some serious help when we hear a doctor say, “you have __________ (fill in the blank with some sort of incurable disease). You only have a week to live.”

My mom is a Licensed Practical Nurse. When we get into our God conversations she always brings up an observation she has made. She says, “the people that really have a strong belief in God always seem to be at peace when they are about to die. The ones that don’t are scared beyond comprehension.”

I was thinking about how sometimes, randomly, I will have that voice inside my head (I attribute that voice to Satan) start questioning me over a multitude of things. I started to think that if I were to know I was going to die in a week would I really be confident of my beliefs? Honestly ask yourself that. Ever try to share Jesus with someone and they have all these questions? Can you answer them effectively? Biblically? Have you ever told them, “well I don’t know the answers to your questions, but you just have to have faith. You will never have all your questions answered.” If so, I promise you that when you are on your deathbed, their questions will become your questions and you may be stripped of all hope and peace as the enemy picks apart your faith. When death is not some thought in the distant future, but is knocking at your door, you may start to question some things yourself.

  1. Is God really there?
  2. I prayed a prayer and I live a good life, is that good enough for God?
  3. Is Jesus really the only way to heaven?
  4. Why does God have to punish sin? Why can’t He just forgive and forget?
  5. How does belief in this Jesus really save me?
  6. If God is really a loving God, why is there suffering in the world?
  7. What am I really saved from when I become saved?
  8. If God is supposedly in control, why is my life falling apart?
  9. What is the difference between Catholics and all the other denominations?
  10. What really happened in the spiritual realm when Jesus died on the cross?
  11. How does God feel about Muslims, Hindus, and people of other world religions?

The list goes on and on…

Once, when talking about some difficult realities in the bible, I had someone tell me that they are okay with not knowing everything in the bible. Is that what you are going to tell yourself when those questions come to mind on your deathbed? Something to help you die well is the confidence you have in Christ and what He has accomplished for you. The better you understand that and how it applies to everything in life, the more likely you can die well. What do I mean by “die well?” I mean die with an unshakable assurance of your salvation in Christ Jesus. How do you have that unshakable assurance? By knowing scripture and what it means! Listen to Paul’s words to the Colossians;

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
(Colossians 1:9,10 ESV)

The more you are filled with the knowledge of God, the more assurance you will have. And when you are lying on your deathbed, when the Holy Spirit begins to bring scripture to your mind that defeats Satan’s lies and confusion, you will have peace and an earnestness to be with your Savior!

So go, study God’s word, grow in the knowledge of God, and die well.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
(Romans 15:13 ESV)