What Must I Do To Be A True Believer?

Episode 493 Show Notes 

From the Show

Probably each and every one of us who follows Jesus could say, “I wish I was further along in my walk with you. Why am I still wrestling with these same old things over and over again?” We don’t want to make people feel like they’re not saved, they’re not truly justified unless they have enough works. That is so backward! We’re justified solely by faith, and as those who are justified, we get to serve him. Our focus needs to be Jesus Christ and him crucified. When you cling to that, you can rest!

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. I have a question that has kept me wondering about my salvation. It is about the verses from Revelation 3:15-16. It talks about lukewarm Christians, and it states that the majority of the Christian community is not going to be saved. Could you please explain this?

2. In Numbers 21, God sends down fiery serpents to bite the complaining Israelites. As I was reading, I thought to myself, does God get frustrated? I know that God does not sin, but how would one properly explain these passages in regard to His holiness? Is frustration not a sin? I see that Jesus uses this story in regards to looking to Him for salvation. Is this the reason this incident took place, just so Jesus would use it during His earthly ministry?

3. Jesus taught us to love our enemies, but we’re also not to cast our pearls before swine lest they trample on us. Can you shed some light on this gray area? Where do I draw the line?

4. Is lordship salvation biblical? When I think about it I get so depressed because I don’t understand.  From what I read you have to do certain things to be considered a true believer, but that just makes me feel hopeless.

Resources

Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael Horton

The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton

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