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A person is not necessary saved just because he was told to ask Jesus into his or her heart. That does not necessary saved anyone, and many have held on to that statement as to their being saved.
First salvation occurs by the sovereignty of divine grace.
I do unfeignedly believe that Christ will in no wise cast out anyone who comes to Him and I dare to say that to every man and woman of the human peace—but I also believe just as firmly that no one comes unto Christ except those whom the Father draws to Him—and that all whom the father has given to Christ shall surely come to Him (The Drawings of Divine Love)
Both these statements are true and, therefore both of them are to be believed and we may rest assured that they both agree with one another.
On this occasion, of the saving of Naaman, whereas Jesus often preached the freeness of Divine Grace, here Jesus was please to preach upon the sovereignty of it, for it was the sovereignty of Grace that saved Naaman.
Second: God is a Sovereign and may therefore save whom He wills.
And He may also save them HOW He wills. yet when He is about to save a man, He does not depart from His usual method of working, but saves him according to the way in which He is accustomed to save.
Naaman was not healed until he was humbled. It was God’s purpose to heal him. He first had to hear the preaching of salvation, he had to have he faith to come to the place to be healed and then he had to be humbled.
The Gospel is that Jesus Christ suffered in the place of all sinners who trust him as their Savior, that he endured what they ought to have endured and made atonement to God for all the sins that they would ever commit. And if you therefore trust Him, you are saved. The simple act of relying upon Jesus as your Substitute and Savior puts away your guilt and sin forever.
As long as you have a rag of your righteousness that you trust in, you cannot have the robe of Christ’s righteousness to cover you
If you glory in what you have, and what you are, you are not the kind of man whom God delights to save!
You must lie low at the feet of Jesus! You must plead for forgiveness like a poor guilty sinner! You must cry, “Jesus save me, or I die!” or else through the gate of Heaven you are too big to pass for, “strait is the gate and narrow is the way,’ and no self-righteousness can go in there.
Pride must come down, self-righteousness must die and the sinner must glorify the Grace of God by admitting that he has no merit of his own – or he cannot be saved.
SO WHAT AM I SAYING: JUST THIS
Let us all go together to the Throne of God where we have offended and let us confess that none of us have any claims upon Him. Let each of us say to Him, “My Lord, if You should destroy me, I must confess that I deserve it. If You should save my brother, who is equally guilty, and not save me, I dare not complain, for You have the right to exercise Your mercy wherever and however You will, I shall receive the sentence that is just even if I am banished from Your Presence forever,”
Submit to the Lord as the burgesses of Calais came to the conquering king with ropes about their necks! That is the proper costume for a sinner to wear before God, Say, “Lord, I deserve, to die, I deserve to perish. I deserve to be destroyed, I will have no quibbles with You about my sentence, for how can a worm dispute with the Almighty? Who am I that I should reply against my Maker?”
When you have taken that position, rely upon the freeness of Divine Grace.
Grasp, as with a death-clutch, this great fact and say, “Lord, You forgive sinners for Your own name’s sake. You cannot find anything in us that is good, anything that can move You to pity. But oh, by Your mercy and Your love, let men see what a gracious God You are!
For Your great name’s sake, have mercy upon us and save us!”
And you can plead that Jesus said, “Him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out,’ And that He has bid His servants say,”Whoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,”
Let the wicked forsake his ways, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:7
Plead with Him that He has said, “Come now, and let us reason together..though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool,”
Go and plead in that way, and trust yourself upon the Truth revealed in the Word of God. try it and prove it, and see whether God really means what he says. Say to Him
You have promised to forgive
All who in Your Son believe.
Lord, I now you cannot life–
Give me Christ, or else I die!”
I will not say to you—Go and risk it, for there is no risk. I will not say to you—Go and venture, for it is no venture. Go and say to the Lord, “O Lord, if I must perish, I will perish trusting in Your mercy through the precious blood of Jesus,Your dear Son! ‘Other refuge have I none.’ I cast aside all my former confidences and all my boasting and come as the worst sinner must come, for I feel that in some respects I am the worst sinner who ever came to You.
I come as an utterly lost, undone, bankrupt sinner and I look to the atoning Sacrifice of Jesus for all that, I need.” Then if you perish like that, I am quite willing to perish with you! And I will stand at the bar of God with you on the same terms, for if you are lost, I must be lost too! I solemnly avow that I have no hope in anything I have ever done. I have preached the Gospel
these many years, but I have not preached one sermon that I can look upon with any confidence so far as to depend upon it as a merit in the sight of God! After we are saved, we may do something in the way of almsgiving and other things to show our gratitude to God, but they are worse than useless if we begin to boast of them as a reason for our salvation. My song is— “I the chief of sinners am, But Jesus died for me.”
”“You must ask Jesus into your heart to be saved.”
The true plan of salvation was best described by C.H. Spurgeon: “The gospel is that Jesus Christ suffered in the place of all sinners who trust Him as their Saviour; that He endured what they ought to have endured and made atonement to God for all the sins that they would ever commit; and if you thus trust Him, you are saved. The simple act of relying upon Jesus as your Substitute and Saviour puts away your guilt and sin forever.” He continues, “Pride must come down, self-righteousness must die, and the sinner must glorify the grace of God by knowing that he has no merit of his own, or he cannot be saved. … Say, ‘Lord, I deserve to die; I deserve to perish; I deserve to be destroyed. I will have no cavils with Thee about my sentence, for how can a worm dispute with the Almighty? Who am I that I should reply against my Maker?’
“When you have taken that position, rely upon the freeness of divine grace. Grasp, as with a death-clutch, this great fact and say, ‘Lord, Thou dost forgive sinners for Thine own name’s sake. Thou canst not find anything in us that is good, anything that can move Thee to pity! But, oh, by Thy mercy and Thy love, let men see what a gracious God thou art! For Thy great name’s sake have mercy upon us, and save us!’”
“You can plead that Jesus said, ‘Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.’ [Jn 6:37].
“Let the wicked forsake his ways, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God for He will abundantly pardon.”
“I cast aside all my former confidences, and all my boastings, and come as the worst sinner must come, for I feel that, in some respects, I am the worst sinner who ever came to thee. I come as an utterly lost, undone, bankrupt sinner, and I look to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus for all I need.” [Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 53, Sermon “Rule of Grace,” pp 500-502, Pilgrim Publications, Pasadena TX]
I. SIN IS AGAINST MAN’S PRESENT GOOD, IN THIS LIFE, against the good of his body and the good of his soul. For on both it has brought a curse and death.
(1) Against the good of man’s body. It has corrupted man’s blood, and made his body mortal, thereby rendering it a vile body. Our bodies, though made of dust, were more precious than the fine gold; but when we sinned, they became vile bodies. Before sin our bodies were immortal (for death and mortality came in by sin), but now alas they must return to dust. It is appointed to all men once to die, and it is well if they die but once, and the second death have no power over them. They must see corruption, or the equivalent of death, i.e. a change; for this flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, as that with which we were created might possibly have done (1 Corinthians I5.50). Our body is sown in corruption, in dishonour, in weakness (I Corinthians 15.42-43), and is therefore called vile (Philippians 3.21). Before this body is laid in the grave, it is languishing, in a continual consumption, and dying daily, besides all the dangers that attend it from without.