FROM A POST I MADE, VIA MY WIFE'S FACEBOOK (by permission):

By: James M. Lowrance

When you don’t know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life, it is extremely important that you read in the New Testament, starting with one of the gospels (The books of: Matthew, Mark, Luke or John). Once Jesus reveals himself to your heart, you will want a relationship - to fellowship with him in your life. Salvation is a free gift of God, that is by grace and not of your own works to receive it. “ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. “ (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, God’s Word, the Holy Bible follows in those verses with this statement: “ For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. “ Ephesians 2:10 ( All 3 verses are in the same passage of scripture). Does this mean God will only keep us in salvation if we perform works of Christian Love? No, it means that we should want to be pleasing to God by being a witness in our remaining earthly life, for Jesus Christ. This keeps us grounded and able to resist sin by staying in fellowship with Jesus and our fellow Christians. This, while also witnessing to those who do not know Jesus as Savior. “ but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). This is a scripture about Christians in all areas of the world/earth, being witnesses to people who are also all over the world: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). When we become “born again believers in Christ Jesus”, the Holy Spirit baptizes us into “the body of Christ” a term meaning those who become Christians are given power- an anointing to be witnesses for the Lord. “For by one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13). Finally I would add that some Christians receive, special callings and gifts (e.g. called to pastor, given special words of wisdom or knowledge) but even when special callings aren’t given to a Christian, he/she can still be a witness for Christ and speak words of great hope from God’s Holy Scriptures, to bring others into the body of Christ and help turn them away from being eternally separated from God with no hope of redemption through Christ remaining for them
09/09/2019

Author's Bio: 

I am a graduate of Liberty University (1996) for completion of theological studies. Bible studies are one of my most-covered book-subjects. I am however, careful to only address those subjects that I believe God has given me correct revelation on. I was a Christian Youth Minister, beginning in the 1980s for approximately 20 years (between youth ministries I served in other church capacities as well). I was also a guest speaker to churches, who invited me to present important Bible teachings to their evangelical congregations, during those same years. I am a redeemed man, who has received salvation by acceptance of Jesus Christ and what he did for me in shedding his blood and dying for me on the cross and in his resurrection from the dead, giving me the promise of eternal life, purely by grace (not due to anything I have done, other than to accept it freely).