Is the blood of Christ enough to give us salvation and eternal security
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Saved for Sure, Overcoming Doubt: How do you overcome those doubts, to be brought to the point where you say, “Yes, I know it’s okay. I’m going to Heaven.” For Doubters Only: There are still some people who have a tough time in having confidence in their salvation. What do those folks need to do? Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s personal testimony.
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. YBS2
Keywords: Passover lamb, Death of Jesus, Blood of Christ
- Lutzer: John, could I throw something else in here? If there is somebody listening right now who’s a skeptic, who says, “Yeah, I don’t believe this is God’s Word. I don’t believe in Jesus,” I have a 21-day experiment to give to them. This is life transforming. The 21-day experiment is to take the New Testament and take the Gospel of John. It takes only 10 minutes a day. It has 21 chapters. Read a chapter a day and say something like this: “God, I don’t believe you’re there, but if this is truth, show me.” Do you know that atheists have been converted doing that because the promises of God, the Word of God, the Spirit of God that we’ve talked about combining together begin to open their eyes and they say, “Who is this Jesus? He must be who He claims to be.” So that’s the way faith is birthed in the heart. “Faith comes by hearing” [Rom. 10:17].
- Okay, so we have faith directed toward Christ alone; it’s confirmed by the Holy Spirit, the promises. It’s also a faith that results in works. The Bible says that “we are saved unto good works” – in fact – “which God had foreordained that we should walk in them” [Eph. 2:10].
- Ankerberg: Not “by” good works.
- Lutzer: That’s right. But you see, once a person is changed, of course he’s going to live differently because he’s going to have different desires. But the important thing that needs to be emphasized is that it is not these good works that give us the assurance, because you and I know, even after we’re saved, we still struggle with sin. There are times when we disobey everything we know is right, and so it isn’t as if to say that our assurance is based on it, but there is a confirmation. You know, if somebody says to me, “Well, I have accepted Christ as Savior” but he has no love for God, he has no desire to serve God, I don’t know his heart, God is judge, but I have to question whether or not he has come to Christ.
- Ankerberg: Yeah. Go ahead.
- Lutzer:The other thing is, it’s the kind of faith that grows. You know, my faith in God and Christ and the Bible is stronger than it was when I was in college. I hope it’s stronger than it was last year. So it’s a faith that continues to grow and in the process of growing that faith, we come to what it says in the Bible, “The full assurance of faith” [Heb. 10:22]. And some new Christians, God bless them, they struggle with their faith and they have doubts. If they continue to read the Word and walk with God, oftentimes those doubts disappear and their confidence in the promises of God keeps growing.