Are you washed?

Published 1:00 pm Sunday, May 19, 2024

A problem of growing concern in Church today is the number of people who consider themselves saved yet have never confessed and repented of their sins, they have never made a commitment to Jesus to accept Him as Lord and Savior.

We have multitudes of “Church” folk who have decided for themselves that they are saved, because they are “good” or because they go to church, or because they are charitable, or any number of other things. Or worse still, those who don’t believe that they need salvation because they are comfortable in their sins.

If we are saved, it is only because we have accepted a Savior. There is only one Savior, Jesus. Therefore, if we have not accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are not saved. There are no exceptions to this. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NKJV)

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If we are saved then there is a point in our lives when we were saved. There is an occurrence, a kairos moment, a life changing experience where we accepted Jesus on His terms. A moment of complete surrender to the convicting power of The Holy Spirit. I can no more decide that I am saved than I can decide to be 8 feet tall. Your mother or father, or spouse, or pastor, can’t decide that you are saved. We can’t be decided into salvation. We must be saved, we must have the experience of salvation, the moment in time when we really did ask Jesus for salvation.

Having had that experience, how do we know that it was real, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “1 know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. John 2: 3-6. The “Truth”(John 14:6) is not in him either.

Are we really washed in the Blood of the Lamb? Or have we only been walking near the blood? Have we trusted Jesus for our salvation, or only talked about it?

Many are like the beautiful women who clothe themselves (almost) in the latest swim wear only to sit by the pool, to be seen.

Do we come to church only to be seen?

The Rev. Bobby Thornhill is a retired pastor.