In whom has God made us
Praise be to the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who blessed
us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual
blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before
the creation of the world to be holy and
blameless in his sight. In love he predestined
us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus
Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and
will to the praise of his glorious grace,
which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
What great gift comes
when we accept Christ?
For my Fathers
will is that everyone who looks to the Son and
believes in him shall have eternal life,
and I will raise hum up at the last day. John
6:40 (See also John 17:2.)
Gods Word as Evidence of
What is the foundation of
comes from hearing the message, and the message
is heard through the word of Christ.
What is the first and primary
evidence of our acceptance with God?
We accept mans
testimony, but Gods testimony is greater
because it is the testimony of God, which he has
given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the
Son of God has testimony has this testimony in
his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has
made him out to be a liar, because he has not
believed in the testimony God has given about his
Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us
eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who
has the Son has life; he who does not have the
Son of God does not have life.
1 John 5:9-11.
Note The primary
basis of all faith and acceptance is the Word of
God that which God himself has said. To
receive and believe this is the first essential
to salvation the first evidence of
Why did John write his
testimony concerning Gods love and purpose
in giving Christ?
But these things are
written that you may believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God, and by
believing you may have life in his name. John
Evidence Within Us
What witness does the true
believer in Christ have that he is accepted of
Anyone who believes in
the Son of God has the testimony in his heart.
Anyone who does not believe God has made him
out to be a liar, because he has not believed
the testimony of God has given about his Son.
1 John 5:10.
Note Faith and
feeling should not be confounded. Faith is ours
to exercise in the Word of God, regardless of our
feelings, and often in opposition even to our
feelings. Many fail to accept the pardon and
assurance of the acceptance of Heaven, because
they do not take God at His word, but instead
turn their attention to their changeable moods
and feelings. Faith always precedes the joyful
feelings that naturally result from the
assurance of forgiveness and acceptance. This
order is never reversed.
What is another evidence
of divine acceptance?
We know that we have
passed from death to life, because we love our
brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in
death. 1 John 3:14.
Three Witnesses of Acceptance
What three definite
witnesses of acceptance are mentioned by John?
The Spirit, the
water and the blood; and these
three are in agreement. 1 John 5:8.
How does the Spirit witness to
our acceptance with God?
Because you are sons,
God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
the Spirit who calls out, Abba, Father.
Galatians 4:6. The Spirit himself testifies
with our spirit that we are Gods children.
Of what is Christian baptism
For all of you who
were baptized into Christ have clothed
yourselves with Christ.
Note In baptism, the
water and the Spirit both bear witness of Gods
acceptance. The same Spirit which, at Christs
baptism, This is my beloved Son, in whom I
am well pleased, witnesses to the
acceptance of every sincere believer at his
To what does the blood of
We write to you to
make our joy complete. This is the message we
have heard from him and declare to you: God is
light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we
claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in
darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship with one another, and
the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from
all sin. 1 John 1:4-7. In him we
have redemption through his blood, the
forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the
riches of Gods grace.
Ephesians 1:7. (See also
Jesus and Acceptance
How only do any become
children of God?
You are all sons of
God through faith in Christ Jesus.
When may we find acceptance
with God through Christ?
For he says, In the
time of my favor I heard you, and in the
day of salvation I helped you. I tell
you, now is the time of Gods favor, now
is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2.
To whom, therefore, should we
ascribe glory and honor?
And from Jesus
Christ, who is the faithful witness,
the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the
kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has
freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made
us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his
God and Father to him be glory and
power for ever and ever. Revelation 1:5,6.
The Man With the Steamer
There is a story told of
a man who purchased a steamer ticket to Europe,
and then proceeded to get together a supple of
food to last him for the trip. He has a somewhat
miserable time of it, until one day someone found
him eating cheese and crackers in a secluded
corner. He was informed that his ticket entitled
him to fine, appetizing meals at the dining
table. Thereafter he was well fed. God has
provided salvation through Jesus Christ. Many
promises are given to us. Faith accepts the
blessings Heaven proffers, yet there are too many
today that are like the man with the steamer
ticket. They do not realize that through neglect
they are being robbed of the opportunity to gain
eternal life through Jesus sacrifice on the
All hail the power of Jesus name! Let angels
prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, and
crown Him Lord of all! Oh, that with yonder
sacred throng we at his feet may fall, Join in
the everlasting song, And crown Him Lord of all!
- Edward Perronet.