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Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
As you can see, God is speaking to Jacob (Israel) here. Although the Christian Church is not modern-day Israel, we certainly can glean from these beautiful verses. What can we glean? We most certainly can see how compassionate and loving the Father is toward His children! Just as my earthly parent’s heart is held tightly by my children, so much so is the Father’s heart toward His children!
The unsaved don’t have that wonderful privilege. The Ten Commandments teaches a person just what a sinner he is. When a person reads the Ten Commandments, he cannot help but see how many of them he has broken. A person cannot help but break them because we all have a sin nature because of the sin Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Once one begins to realize that he is a sinner, he then can realize that he needs a Saviour. Christ is the ONLY Saviour for the world.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
There are not many roads to God (through Buddhism, Islam, etc.), there is ONE road and that is through Jesus Christ alone. Once a person repents and accepts the work of Christ’s shed blood on the cross for his sins and ONLY this, then is this person born again.
After salvation, a change in that person’s life should occur. This is where you can separate those who are truly saved from those who “profess” to be saved. The Bible says that we are supposed to change AFTER salvation. We can’t change before … if we could, we would not need the Ten Commandments nor would we need Jesus’ shed blood, amen?
2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Salvation brings about such a relief! What relief, you might ask? It’s a relief to know that we are no longer headed for eternity in Hell but we are now a child of the King of Kings and will spend eternity with Jesus Christ. Our faith in Him and His work on the cross secures our position in Him. He holds us in the palm of His hand and we do not have to wonder where we will spend eternity, amen?
John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Oh what security that provides us! It removes all fear of where we will spend eternity! But make no mistake, it is only by faith in Christ that brings this security!
Galatians 3:24-27 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Have you “put on Christ,” dear reader? No religion will get you into Heaven – no church – no traditions – nothing but repentance and faith in Christ.
Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.