Are You Saved?

Jan Antonsson

The Glory Road Blog, A Kingdom Highway

January 12 2019

Neosho, MO

“In the beginning God Elohim created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form being waste, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the abyss.  And the Spirit of God Elohim brooded upon the face of the waters.  And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there became light”  (Genesis 1:1-3, exeGeses parallel Bible).

 “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”  (John 1:4-5, ESV).

This is a strange title for me to be writing about, as my writings over the years attest, so why am I?  These writings come from Father God. Sometimes I get a feeling about a topic; other times a scripture triggers the thoughts, but this time I heard the title loud and clear.  The Lord speaks to all of us by sundry means and various methods, and as for me, when I hear it, I write it.  The reason it’s strange is because as most of you know by now,  I am committed totally, all-in as they say, to the glorious truth that God will eventually save every last one of us.  This question, however, has often been raised among Christians, and the answer usually had to do with what the person hearing it had done to please God.  It was often asked to trigger fear of hell after death, and to get the hearer to do something to avoid that dreadful fate.

I cut my teeth on The King James Version of the Bible.  I love it because it is lyrical, poetic, and beautiful to hear read aloud.  When a scripture comes to me, it often comes in the vernacular of the King James.   Shortly after we began the ministry, we learned about The Emphatic Diaglott, by Benjamin Wilson.  It is a word by word translation of the Greek into English.  The author states in his preface that for all the beauty of the King James Version of the Bible, it has 20,000 translation errors in it.  That’s a lot of errors!  To make it worse, the men who translated this version were told by King James, who authorized them to do it, to make the scriptures plain, but, “Don’t rock the boat!”  What that meant back then, was that if they did rock the boat, they were likely to find themselves lashed to a stake and burned to death for heresy.  Such a threat does not allow any translator the freedom to stray from what was traditionally believed no matter what the text actually says.

Benjamin Wilson does not use the two words that have kept millions in thrall to fear:  “hell” and “forever.”  These are words which have come to mean something other than what they actually do mean.  Hell is translated from the Greek word Gehenna, a physical location on the Southwest side of Jerusalem which served as a constantly burning incinerator for waste, and forever means age-lasting, not eternal.  I’ve written about this many times, including the very first article the Spirit pressed me to write:  “The Primrose Path to Gehenna.”  I’ll put a link at the end of this article if you care to read it.

For now, I’m going to share what I’ve gleaned by walking with Father God and experiencing His Presence up close and personal.  The Apostle John attests that “God is Love” (I John 4:8, 16).  Is that true or just a religious fantasy?  The Apostle Paul’s message to young Timothy has sound advice for all of us:  “You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the Christians there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus.  Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God–no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers”  (I Timothy 4:6-9, The Message).  

So the answer to the question, “Are you saved?”  is, “Of course, you are saved!” The Apostles John and Paul said so. Additionally, the Apostle Peter declared without equivocation,  “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”  (II Peter 3:9, KJV). Now I ask you, if it is God’s will that none should perish, how can anyone possibly be evil enough or strong enough to break God’s will?  Paul also affirmed, that God “chose us in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Ephesians 1:4, ESV).  This is in a glorious passage which also declares that we were predestined for “adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will”…and, “in Him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.”  In summing up these blessings, and perhaps giving a reason why we can be sure they are true, the Apostle writes, “In him we have obtained an inheritance having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:5, 7, 11, ESV).

To sum it up, if something in scripture is said to be God’s will, like His not wanting any to perish, our adoption through Jesus Christ, our redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of our trespasses, we can take those promises to the First Bank of Heaven and cash them in.  They are true.  They are eternal, and they are ours not because of works we have done, but solely because God loves us and wants to give us good gifts.  Here’s the passage:   “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”  (Ephesians 2:8-10, ESV). We don’t have to worry and wonder what we must do to please God; our steps are ordered beforehand by Him.  That is a huge relief to those of us who were weighted down by the heavy handed application of Jesus’ saying,  “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).  I don’t know about you, but that verse always made me twitchy, nervous and insecure because I realized what a great gulf fixed there is between me and perfection.

Our Father is faithful and very patient with us, leading us ever closer to the light which He is.  Isaiah’s prophecy thrills me beyond words, and is in itself the answer to the question raised by this essay: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising”  (Isaiah 60:1-3, ESV).

John the Baptist identified Jesus as “the light which shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it”  (John 1:5, ESV). Jesus himself said of all of us,  “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden”  (Matthew 5:14, ESV).  I submit to you that light is not a “doing,” but rather is pure “being.”  Light either is or it isn’t.  Therefore, I conclude that when Jesus said we are the light of the world, it is because He is light, and He lives in us.  That being true, there is no need for anyone to ask the question, “Are you saved?”  We all are saved in Him.  We are the children of our  “Father of lights, with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17, ESV).

One last question is, “What does it mean to you to be saved?” I’d like to hear from you about this if you have the time and leading to do so.  For me,  the meaning of salvation has broadened and deepened from going to heaven after I die, to enjoying the presence of God in my life right now through Christ, my hope of glory.  It seems to me that Jesus expanded and explained what He, the long awaited Messiah would do in the first public sermon of His ministry.  Luke records that promise filled message: “God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, To set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”  (Luke 4, 18-19, The Message).  From this, I conclude that Messiah came to give us good news, pardon and forgiveness for our sins, freedom from bondage of all kinds, physical and emotional healing, hope and comfort, and I dare say, like you, I hope 2019 is God’s year to act so that all flesh shall see His glory together.

Father, we bask in Your light and thank You for calling us your children. We long to see You as You are for then we shall be like You.  Grant us the privilege of sharing Your light with all whom You put in our path, knowing that it is nothing of us and everything of You which draws souls to Your heart.  We thank You that the Glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh, all of us who ever drew breath in this world, or ever shall, will see it together for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.  Amen.  Jan Antonsson

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