What will God look for when Christians stand before Him
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: Christ alone, Righteousness
- Ankerberg: Let’s talk to people and encourage them that some of the great men in the Bible had doubts.
- Lutzer: Yes.
- Ankerberg: Talk about John the Baptist.
- Lutzer: John the Baptist. Here he is. He’s a cousin to Christ, basically. He’s in prison. He expects Jesus to get him out of prison. Just like people expect miracles today, he was expecting one. And he sends a delegation to Christ and politely asks, “Are you the One that we should look for or should we look for another?” [Matt. 11:3ff] What he was saying is, “Jesus, I thought that you were the Messiah. So are you or aren’t you?” And Jesus sends back and says, “Tell John the dead are being raised, the blind are seeing” and so forth and then Jesus said this, “Blessed is he who is not offended because of me.” I like to give it my own Lutzerian paraphrase: “Blessed is he who does not stumble over the way in which I run my business.” “Blessed is the person who does not doubt simply because I don’t do what they think a good God should.” “Blessed is the person who does not doubt because I don’t answer prayer or do a miracle that they are expecting.” “Blessed is the person who goes on believing no matter what.”
- Now, as far as we know, John the Baptist probably died with his doubts and yet Jesus said that “among those who were born of women, there is none greater than John the Baptist.” [Luke 7:28] So I would say to people today that, if you’re having doubts, that’s not so bad, as long as your faith, however small it is, however wavering it is, as long as your faith is in Christ alone, that’s the important thing. And if your faith is in Christ alone, your faith will take you all the way from this earth, all the way to Heaven.