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DocReits January 3, 2014 at 10:24 am

Great article Jack. May I seek clarification on two points? We are all God’s creation but we are not His children until He adopts us once born again( saved), correct?

“ALL true believers in Jesus Christ are ‘born again’ as God’s adopted sons and daughters. But, ALL who reject or ignore Jesus Christ, have neither God (Father) or the Son. They are NOT born again in the Holy Spirit as God’s ETERNAL sons / daughters. (Jn 1:12, Gal 4:4-5, Jn 8:44, Jn 3:1-2, Gal 3:26, Rom 8:14-18, Jn 5:23, 2Jn1:8-10)”

Also, I have found the word “continue” confusing to the believer, and one that is a cause of fear of not being saved…because we all continue to sin, until we die.

We will continue to sin, once saved, as we are not yet perfected in Glory. But, as you have said, many times, we will sin…less. (Great play on words, by the way, by you…I have used your illustration many times..thanks). Making sin a lifestyle and glorying in sin(practicing sin) would argue against genuine salvation.

I like to think of my journey as falling down(sinning) less and less as I mature in Christ, but I still fall down. The mark that the Christian is saved is that the believer has a repentant heart, running to the only One(Father) who can heal our wounds, seeking forgiveness.

I think you agree with this, I just sought clarification.

Blessings and thank you for a great article!

DocReits

Jack Wellman January 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

Thanks Doc…yes and amen to the fact that those who reject Jesus as Savior are not the Father’s children. The old axiom of the universal brotherhood of man and the Fatherhood of God is untrue. Jesus told the disciples, not the world in general to pray like this: “Our Father…” and so He is your Father only if a person repents, confesses their sin, sees the need of the Savior and then trusts in Christ. I do agree that we are adopted (Eph 1) and elsewhere and that the word continues confuses some. If we continue in His Word and abide in it, this is evidence of salvation. Jesus said “If you continue in my Word” meaning that if they do then they are following Him but if they don’t, as John said in his later epistles, then they went out from us because they were not of us. Thanks for these diagnostic questions friend.

Josh January 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Doc,

I would like to thank you for your many comments on the website. Your feedback on the articles really enhance them and cover issues others are thinking also.

God Bless,

Josh

Jack Wellman January 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Doc, I so agree with Josh because you ask questions that make us dig deeper for I know Josh and this website strives for the glory of God and to know Him better so that we can more be in awe and wonder at His magnificence. We are all the more stronger because I myself am still a huge work in progress and have so much to learn and so Doc, I concur and second the comment of Josh, whom I also dearly love and known that he too is dedicated to sticking to the truth and making God know more clearly so that He is more glorified.

DocReits January 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Thanks Josh and Jack,

I have sought out many Christian Forums on-line and this is, IMO, the very best. Thank you both for being a major part of this work.

Blessings,

DocReits

Jack Wellman January 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Thanks friend…and I believe that YOU are the very reason that it is what it is…thanks be to God for you and to Josh too of course who thought of this site to begin with. This deserves to be to him and all glory of course goes to God.

David January 6, 2014 at 2:00 am

A very fine article brother. It reminds me of Matthew 7 vs`s 21 to 23. Yes, we do sin as Christians, and we must daily repent. Thank you Jack for this reminder, bless you. David Central Europe

Jack Wellman January 6, 2014 at 8:08 am

Thank you David. I appreciate your encouragement and great tie in to the Matthew 7 verse indeed. No Christian is perfect because I only have the mirror to remind me of that. Thank you for your words of grace sir.

Daniel October 19, 2016 at 10:10 am

So, I have a bit of a problem.
Not with the article, it was great, but a problem with myself in a way.
I was saved when I was quite young, I remember where, I remember who was there, that is about it. I accepted Jesus on that day, but was I really saved?
The bible speaks a lot about being reborn as part of our salvation. Now I wonder if as a child I allowed him to remake me, fill me with the spirit and let it define me inside and out.
This is something a young child like myself would just not understand. It was really a fear as I continued my life. Though I tried to be a good person, I am still human. I messed up, big time. I sinned many times, and sometimes without really thinking about what I was doing. I was putting another sin on the cross. Every false word and wrongdoing I was taking our perfect savior and nailing him on the cross to die for me. After the dust settled so to speak, I repented and regretfully looked back on what I had done. Where those the words of a child of God? Is this how a true Christian acts? It wasn’t. And when I read through my bible about backsliding, false believers, and the like, I was scared. Was I really saved all those years ago, or was I lying to myself?

It’s been a fear of mine for about a year. I wake up and am afraid that he cannot forgive me. I go to bed and pray, but I never hear a voice in return. Maybe I did something wrong when I was saved, and did not truly let him remake me. My only reassurances are sites like these, they enforce my belief that I am saved, simply stumbling through the potholes of this world. And the parable of the prodigal son has always given me hope. See, the father saw his son when he was still very far away, and ran to him with open arms. Maybe I didn’t go all the way into my salvation, but instead, he ran to me the moment I started on the road back home.

Mench Rodrigo March 7, 2018 at 10:05 pm

Thanks sir Jack and Doc!





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