Our Last Breath

today is the day of salvation

That is a very hard reality to deal with on this earth isn’t it?  Someday, no matter what, you are going to have a day on this earth where you stop breathing and you die.  I know, I am not trying to be depressing.  This is a message of hope!

None of us know how or when we are going to go.  Will we get old, will we die young?  Only God knows.  My Great Grandfather fell down the stairs one night and hit his head.  It is a very sad story for our family.  I emailed my Mom in Illinois about it before I did this post (thanks Mom!), and this is what she wrote:

“Jake was my Mom’s Dad, so your Great Grandad (we used Grandad for him).  He fell down the basement stairs and hit his head.  My Grandma Pearl said he thought he was opening the bathroom door, which was only a few yards apart.  He had bad eyesight due to cataracts.  Grandad read the Bible every day.  I remember him laying on his iron bed, with one leg hanging over the side, his foot touching the floor, and his Bible in his hands. He often would fall asleep with his Bible on his chest.”

My Great Great Grandfather was struck by lighting one night trying to put the horses in the barn during a storm.  This is what my Mom (thanks again Mom!) wrote about him:

“Your Great Grandpa Ward’s Dad, John, was struck by lighting when Ward was 17 or 18.  There was a very bad thunderstorm, so they both went to the barn to tend to the horses.  When John was at the barn door he was hit by lightning.  It struck his head and left a burned hole in his hat. Ward is Grandpa Ed’s Dad, so John would be your Great, Great Grandpa.”

If you read my book, then you know that I stopped breathing on April 28, 2012 due to anaphylactic shock I suffered from eating oats.  I have Celiac Disease, and at that time I did not know I could not have oats yet.  I am only here and alive today because I was with Jesus when I stopped breathing and He brought me back in the mighty wind of the Holy Spirit.  Yeah, you heard me right!  Why do you think I am on here preaching in the fire of the Spirit day and night!  Check out the “My Book” page for details about my published testimony regarding my very strange supernatural life!

Nope, none of us know when we are going to go.  I stopped breathing when I was 33 and that is when I should have died, but I’m 40 now and I’m still here!  Thank You Jesus!  I love You Lord!

We must take heed of the warnings in the Bible regarding our eternal souls.  We are living in a time of God’s grace when mankind still has a chance to repent and receive Jesus.  Do not waste it!

Paul said it this way to the church at Corinth:

“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.  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 God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Today, right now, not tomorrow–today is the day of salvation!  Do not mess around with your soul any longer.  It is no joke!  I am not on here playing games folks.  This blog is not just some hobby or something I like to do for fun.  Heaven and hell are real and if you don’t know Jesus, you are not going to Heaven.  That’s a mouthful, I know, but I am commanded by the Lord to warn you.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

If you have my book, then you know my family lived with a demon in our house for four years when I was in High School (’92 to ’96).  Yes, haunted!  That is why I came to Christ!  That is why I preach with urgency.  I accepted Jesus in college in 1996, encountered two angels in 1998, then 14 years later in 2012 I stopped breathing and the Lord saved me with a miracle!  That is why my book is called “One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life.”  All the supernatural strange stuff started when I was 13 and it just kept happening to me throughout my life.  I never know what to expect from God!  The Lord urged me to write a book about it, so I did.  It is my testimony before man and God and I testified to it all!

Let me tell you something, when you are taking your last breath is not the time to be figuring out your eternal soul!  I cried out to Jesus as my breath was leaving me that night, and I was so very glad I was with Him!  You do not want to be dying without Jesus, please just trust me on this.  He is alive!  He was with me!  He told me “It’s okay,” and He protected and comforted me.  I am still here today and I conquered my heart stopping and my breath stopping because of Jesus!  I don’t care if people think I am crazy or not.  I am going to preach it!  I tell you all these things in love.

Make sure you are right with God before you go.  The way to do that is through Jesus Christ.  There is hope!  There is forgiveness in Jesus and He will forgive all of your sins!  That is why He died on the cross!  You could never earn salvation.  It is a free gift from God!  I urge you, receive it with joy and be saved!

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

Remember, today is the day of salvation because we really never know if we will get a tomorrow.  God bless you all!

Saved by grace through faith

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Don’t Ever Get Chipped!

mark of the beast

I want this post to serve as a warning for everyone on earth.  Revelation is a very serious Book in the Bible, and I am not going to try and tackle the entire topic of the end times in this post.  There are many disagreements within the church about the Rapture and the Tribulation, and I am not going into that here.  One thing we all agree on is that in the end the anti-Christ will come on the earth and he will force everyone to receive his mark.  This will be a worldwide event in every country, and you DO NOT want to take that mark!

The Apostle John received the amazing revelation of Jesus Christ, which became the Book of Revelation, while he was imprisoned by the Romans on the Island of Patmos.  John was later beheaded by the Romans for preaching about Jesus.

Here is the Prologue of Revelation:

“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.  He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”

Revelation 1:1-3

So, by reading and hearing what is in the Book of Revelation and taking heed of the warnings, we will be blessed!  Okay, let’s look at one of the most serious warnings in it.  This section of Scripture is about the anti-Christ who will be empowered by Satan to rule the earth for seven years during what is called The Tribulation.  We do not know the time or date of this event, but it has not happened yet, and it is coming.  We can all feel it stirring, the world is going mad.  This is how the anti-Christ will obtain power and rule over every human being on earth:

“He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.  This calls for wisdom.  If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number.  His number is 666.”

Revelation 13:16-18

People, the governments of the world already have that kind of technology right now!  People are already getting chipped by having microchips implanted under their skin!  Please listen to me!  Do not ever, ever, ever do that!  You are not some animal to be chipped, tracked, and controlled by your government!  Flee from that!  Flee away from that evil and run to Jesus!

chipped hand
Micro RFID chip implanted in a human hand.

mark of the beast 2

They already have the ability to put all of your information on that chip or on a bar code tattoo!  Your bank accounts, private health information, driver’s license, passport, and whatever else they want to put on it.  It is not so far fetched anymore is it?

Do you see now how an evil world ruler could say you cannot “buy or sell” without his mark?  If you don’t have one, or they turn off your chip, then you cannot be a part of society!  No food, no house, no job, no nothing!  That is what Revelation 13:16-18 is warning us about!

Some companies are already chipping their employees all over Europe and here in America too.  They receive their paycheck and access the office building that way!  Don’t let them chip you!  Do you see how they roll it out slowly over time to trick you, and they talk about it like it is a good thing?  It is not!  It is evil and sick!

Here is why you do not want to take that chip–and I mean ever!

“A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice:

“If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath.  He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.  And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever.  There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”  This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.”

Revelation 14:9-12

Yeah, big time warning!  I am telling you right now, do not ever take that mark.  Whether they do it on the forehead or the right hand, do not ever take it!  Repent and believe in Jesus, and no matter what happens in this world with all the governments, do not take the mark!  Even if they say you cannot buy food or work, okay fine!  God will provide for His people!  I don’t need Satan’s filthy mark to provide for me and my family!

It makes me sick when people get chipped like that!  They are advertising it like it so cool or it can help save lives.  That is nonsense!  None of us need to be chipped like animals ever!

Okay, deep breath Ryan.  I am passionate about this because the technology is here in our time, WW3 is always knocking on the door, and the end could happen at anytime.  No, I am not going to grow a beard and run around New York City half naked yelling about the world ending.  What I am telling you is to be aware of the times around you.  We all like and use technology, but not all of it is good, and I guarantee you that chip is going to be used for evil in the end!

You have been warned!  If it happens in our time, please remember what I told you!  Do not ever let them chip you with that sinful evil mark!  I don’t care if I have to go all “Red Dawn” Patrick Swayze style up in the Rockies–I am never taking the mark of the beast!  My wife and I and our kids can all hunt and fish and I know without a doubt in my mind that God will provide!  Wolverines!!!

Standing strong until He returns!  Grace and peace to you all!

Revelation 1 verse 8

 

 

Beautiful Song

Ephesians 5 v 19

In case you missed it in my earlier post today, I wanted you to know about a very beautiful song that I learned about from a sister in Christ who is from the Caribbean.  This song is beautiful African praise and worship and it is anointed in the Holy Spirit for sure!  Let it wash over you.  Jesus is the Living Water overflowing with love!

Thank you all for praying for my cousin Eric!  You will beat that cancer in the Name of Jesus cousin!

Grace and peace to you all!

Here is the YouTube link to the song:

Holy Ghost Air

Psalm 105 v 2

Urgent Prayer Request!

James 5 v 16

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

James 5:16

I am reaching out to all of the Holy Spirit filled prayer warriors out there!  My cousin Eric in Illinois has been battling cancer for a long time now.  He has to go back in for surgery on the back of his tongue on August 28, 2018.  It is not healing, so they have to scrape off the dead tissue to try and stimulate tissue growth.

He has not been able to produce saliva since the original cancer surgery and his taste buds are gone.  He is having trouble eating as you can imagine.  He is suffering and he needs prayer.

Eric is a strong believer in Jesus Christ!  He is one of my older cousins and he would always share Christ with me when I was a kid.  We call him Big E because, well, he is big!  I mean like Shaq big!  He grew up playing basketball just like Shaq too!  I loved playing ball with Big E!  He can really take it to the hole!

Big E has a big heart and he loves Jesus.  He is a gentle giant.  He visits friends in the hospital, invites folks to church, and he always mowed my Grandma’s lawn for her.  He’s that kind of man in Christ.  I love you cousin and you are going to get some serious prayer power out of this!  I am sending it worldwide brother!  We love you E!

Holy Spirit filled prayer warriors, please pray for Eric today!  Ask God to heal my cousin!  I am asking the Lord to specifically heal his tongue, regrow his taste buds, help him produce saliva and eat, and completely remove the cancer from his body, in the Name of Jesus, amen!

Thank you all for listening and taking the time to pray for him!

God bless you all!

1 John 3 verse 1

 

Walking By Faith

Walk by faith

I want to tell you about one of the most wonderful and intense events in my life that changed my life forever.  It stretched my faith to the limit and it was heart wrenching in the beginning of it.  I had to trust God and keep walking even though I didn’t know what was going to happen.  I had never been in a situation like it before in my life, so I had to completely rely on my faith, not my sight (or rather what I had experience with).

I am talking about the birth of my baby girl.  Our daughter was our first born.  She was born a month early and she arrived into this world only weighing 6 pounds.  She was as small as a little Teddy bear, and she was the most beautiful gift of God I had ever seen.

When the nurses laid her down on the warming table to clean her up, I noticed that her tiny chest was heaving up and down like she wasn’t getting enough air.  I asked the nurses who were helping her what was wrong, but they said she was healthy and fine.  I would not give it up and I persisted to ask what was wrong with her.

The emergency unit nurse heard me and she came over to look at our daughter.  The very moment she saw her, she said, “Okay sir, you need to come with me.”  As she grabbed the wheelie cart my daughter was on, the other nurses backed away immediately.  The emergency nurse is the head nurse and she was the boss.

She quickly, but safely took our daughter to a room where they put her under an oxygen hood.  It’s like a plastic box that goes over them and fresh oxygen is pumped into it.  The head nurse told me that she was having a little trouble breathing and she was glad I said something.  She told me it was normal and everything was going to be okay.  Colorado is at high altitude, so kids who are born here sometimes have trouble breathing due to the thin air.

I was a mess.  I could not stop the tears and I felt broken inside.  There was nothing I could do for her.  I could not comprehend why this would be happening with our first child.  My wife couldn’t even hold her yet.  I was crying out to God deeply inside my soul and clinging to my faith.

I sat down next to my daughter as she lay there just barely a few minutes old struggling to breathe.  She still had her eyes closed and she was so little, so soft and precious.  The weight of fatherhood was on me, and I accepted it with an open heart.

As the oxygen filled her lungs, I could see her chest beginning to calm down and not strain so hard for air.  I was praying for her quietly and digging deep into my faith.  There were openings on the sides of the oxygen hood, so I put my pointer finger inside and touched her tiny left hand.  At once, her little fingers wrapped around my finger tightly.  I whispered very softly to her, “It’s okay honey, Daddy’s here.”

The very second I spoke to her, she turned her head towards my voice.  Her eyes were still closed, but she was turned so that her face was looking right at me.  I said again, “It’s okay honey, Daddy’s here.”

After that, I was in tears and trying not to cry hard.  I stayed like that with her for the next two hours until she was able to breathe on her own.  That was my introduction to fatherhood and I was just a young man in my early 20s.

When the nurse gave us the all clear, she took us back to the birthing room (which was like a hotel suite) and she immediately gave our daughter to my wife.  It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen to watch my wife hold our daughter.  I will never forget it.

I was there for the whole birth, and I even assisted the nurse.  I watched God bring a new life into the world, and it changed my entire life!  It was amazing!

I was there for my son’s birth too, but his birth is funny!  He came flying out in one push and the doctor actually bobbled him for a second and then caught him.  I told the doctor, “Good catch!”  Seriously, he came out like he was on a water slide healthy and strong, praise God!  The second child is easier I guess!

Our daughter grew stronger and stronger by the day, and she is now a beautiful 10 year old girl who loves music, art, and dance.  She plays piano and french horn, and she is the kindest person I have ever known.  I love you Rosie girl!

I call my son Biggie Son, or Bigs for short!  That is because he is a strong athletic boy with a big heart.  I tell him, “You are going to be a big man someday, and you need to use that to help people.”  He has an extroverted type personality and he loves theater and music.  When he walks into school, just about every kid knows and says hi to him because he is nice to everybody.  I love you Biggie Son!

Being a father has stretched my faith to the limit many times.  Many times I could not see how things were going to work out or why things happened the way they did, but I just dug deeper into my faith in Christ.

It was Jesus who anchored me that day my daughter couldn’t breathe.  It was Jesus who helped her in the power of the Holy Spirit as I prayed over her.  It is Jesus I glorify for all of it!

No matter what you are going through right now, you can trust that Jesus can and will get you through it victoriously!  Walk by faith in Him.

Grace and peace to you all!

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Our sweet little girl.
Family pic 3
She always loved climbing up on the couch and sitting right next to me!
Dad and rosie in mountains
Yep, that is the heat I pack to protect my family when we are in the mountains. If you have a little sweetie like ours, you better protect her.

 

Family pic 4
That is our boy–my Biggie Son!
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She is a great big sister, and he is a great little brother! They love hanging out together.

 

Ambassadors for Christ

Colossians 3 verse 17

I always take a deep breath after reading that verse because it gives me serious pause to reflect on how I act, what I say, and how I say it.  I am a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ!  There I go again taking another deep breath.

There is another verse that causes me to have serious reflection.  In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church, he explains to the believers how they should now regard all people and who they actually are in Christ as they serve Him on earth.

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.  Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

That is an incredible responsibility for every believer in Jesus Christ!  Our main job is to represent Jesus Christ as we wait for His Glorious return.  We are ambassadors for our King!  I am very glad for the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8)!  Just as Paul said, we are to look at all people through the eyes of Christ and offer them this reconciliation with God at all times.

We implore people on Christ’s behalf, “be reconciled to God!”  Through Jesus Christ He is not counting men’s sins against them!  If you do not know Jesus today, please know that He loves you and He died for you.  No matter where you live in the world, he died for you so your sins would be forgiven!  See my invitation to join God’s family in my post “The 116 Family!

In Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, he gives the believers some practical ways on how we should be representing Jesus:

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Ephesians 4:29-32

Sounds impossible, and it would be, except believers in Jesus are able to live and love like that because of the power of God’s Holy Spirit.  We can speak what is helpful, build others up, and even forgive just as Jesus forgave us!  That is a big one too!  Forgive each other just like Jesus forgave you.  That is so crucial to represent Jesus in victory!

Paul continues his advice on how to live in chapter five:

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Ephesians 5:1-2

Paul makes it very clear that believers in Jesus are to represent Jesus by living a life of love like He did.  To be like Him and help people like He did.  In the most simple terms, that is how we are to be ambassadors for Jesus.

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

Ephesians 5:3-4

I want to focus on “coarse joking” for a moment.   The Greek root of the word sarcasm means “tearing of the flesh.”  Remember that next time you feel like being sarcastic.  If you joke with someone in a mean way, it is not funny.  You are tearing their flesh.

We are not going to be perfect at all of this.  We walk in grace by faith in Jesus.  We are not working our way into Heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Jesus paid the full price for our sins for us.  Always remember that!

God will empower you to live in victory like this when you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  You will be able to love, live, and forgive like He did, and He will use you to take His message of reconciliation to the world!

I plead with you and implore you in my time as Paul did in his time, be reconciled to God!  Find peace and healing in Jesus.  He is making His appeal through all of His followers and reaching out to you this very moment!

It has been such a great encouragement to see all of the different blogs for Jesus!  It is incredible to see how He works through each one of His followers.  I pray the Lord will combine each work He is doing through us into one giant powerful work of the Holy Spirit!  Pray for each other!

Here is one more crucial piece of advice from Paul.  It is important to note that he is not saying you can’t have wine.  He is saying do not get drunk.  Just wanted to make that clear.  I don’t drink because of my past and how I came to Jesus, and because of Celiac Disease, but it does not bother me if one of my brothers in Christ wants to have a beer or a glass of wine.  I am not judging you.  Just be very careful how you live.  You know if you are drinking too much, and if you are, then honor Christ and stop.  These Holy God-breathed Scriptures are not about guilt.  They are about wise instruction for living a righteous life.  We are to represent Jesus well as His ambassadors, and I pray that we all do that in the power of the Holy Spirit!

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  Speak to one another with  psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

Ephesians 5:15-21

Jesus is Lord!  Grace and peace to you all!

Here is some music to speak to you with spiritual songs.  I watched this on the blog of a wonderful Caribbean Christian Sister in Christ!  This is Holy Spirit filled African praise!  Enjoy, it is beautiful!  Thank you sister for posting it!

Holy Ghost Air

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

1 Peter 1:13

Ephesians 6 verse 19

 

Salvation By Grace Alone Through Faith Alone in Christ Alone (Not by works!)

Ephesians 2 verse 8

Yes, that is a long title, but I am trying to make a very crucial point!  Salvation in Jesus Christ is through grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  I can’t stress how important this is to understand.  There is absolutely nothing we could do before or after we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior to earn our way into Heaven.  This is fundamental to the Christian faith.  You must understand this!

The Book of Ephesians is the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus.  In the letter he is reminding the believers of their new found life in Jesus, and reminding them that their salvation is a free gift from God that they could never earn.  He teaches them that there is to be no boasting about their salvation because they did not earn it through works.  There are no amount of “good works” that will get you into Heaven.  If that were the case, then Jesus Christ died for nothing!  Please understand that!

Here is how Paul says it:

“All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.  Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.”

Ephesians 2:3-5

Did the Apostle Paul say “it is by works you have been saved?”  Did he say, “it is by your own effort you have been saved?”  No, he did not.  He said we are saved by grace, and that grace comes from our loving God who is rich in mercy.

Paul continues his explanation regarding grace in the following verses:

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

Ephesians 2:6-7

There is that word grace again.  I don’t see the word “works” anywhere in there, do you?  That’s because it is not in there and we are not saved by works.  People who preach salvation by works often misunderstand what the Apostle Paul was saying in another set of Scripture found in Philippians 2:12-13.  Unfortunately, they use it to instill fear in people that they have to “work” their way into Heaven or they could lose their salvation.  Let me be clear here, that is a lie straight from Satan!

Once you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are saved and it is finished just as Jesus said on the cross!  Here is the verse people misuse.  I will explain what the verse really means from the Greek context of the words afterwards.

Philippians 2:12-13 (The misused and misunderstood verses)

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”

The New Testament was written in Greek.  The Greek root of “work out” means pressing on toward the goal.  It does not mean, nor does it say, you have to “work for” your salvation.  The salvation part is set in stone because Jesus paid the price for us and our salvation cannot be lost once we are His.  The Greek root of the words “fear and trembling” in this context means a great reverence and respect (fear) and awe (trembling).     He is saying to press on and follow Jesus with great reverence and awe.  He is not saying you have to work for your salvation.  Okay?  Please understand that.

Paul uses the same language when speaking about Titus in 2 Corinthians 7:15:

“And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling.”

There are the words “fear and trembling” again.  You see, it is how Paul writes.  It is the Greek language.  He is thanking the church at Corinth for showing Titus such respect.

Okay, now that the language barrier is cleared up, let us move forward.  Paul continues his explanation of salvation by grace to the church at Ephesus by writing one of the most famous verses in the Bible.  Here it is:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

I think Paul wanted to make it very clear that we are saved by grace through faith and it is a gift from God and “not by works.”  There is to be no boasting from anyone about it!  Jesus saved you.  You cannot save yourself through good works.

Salvation

I want to make something else crystal clear.  Jesus called us to repentance.  Repentance leads you to salvation, which is a free gift from God.  The Greek root word for repentance is “metanoia,” which literally means “a change of mind” or “change in the inner man.”

Strong’s Concordance:
“metanoia: change of mind, repentance

Original Word: μετάνοια, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: metanoia
Phonetic Spelling: (met-an’-oy-ah)
Short Definition: repentance, a change of mind
Definition: repentance, a change of mind, change in the inner man.”

Jesus called us to change our minds about our sins, turn away from them, and turn to God and His Way, which is to believe in Jesus Christ!

“From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Matthew 4:17

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

2 Corinthians 7:10

You receive salvation through Jesus Christ and are saved the very moment you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior through faith.  It is a free gift from God by His grace.  Repentance simply leads you to salvation in Jesus Christ, which is by grace through faith, and not by works.

Paul explains this clearly as he writes to the church at Rome:

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

Did Paul say, “if you run around and do a bunch of good things, you will be saved?”  Did Paul say, “if you confess Jesus is Lord, believe, and then do a bunch of good works, you will be saved?”  No, he did not.  He said you are saved the very moment you confess Jesus is Lord and believe!  Don’t let anybody ever tell you that you can lose your salvation or you have to work for it!  Those are lies and that nonsense is NOT found in the Bible!

One more very important truth I want to make crystal clear is that once you receive Jesus like the above verses say to do, you will receive the Holy Spirit immediately.  Here is how Paul explains it:

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”

Ephesians 1:13-14

Is it clear now?  You receive the Holy Spirit immediately upon believing in Jesus Christ and that Holy Spirit inside of you guarantees your inheritance in Heaven!!  Your salvation is guaranteed when you trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and you don’t ever have to worry about losing it!

If you are a Christian and you go off and start sinning (which happens), it doesn’t mean you lose your salvation, but it does mean God is going to have to discipline you and bring you back.  Sometimes Christians back slide and fall into temptation, but God is gentle with us and restores us through His discipline (see Hebrews 12).  You don’t lose your salvation once you belong to Jesus!

Permanently engraved

I truly hope that clears the whole salvation by grace versus works issue right up!  Jesus died for you and that gracious gift of salvation is free from God, and there is nothing we could do to work for it!  Praise God for that!  May we all live in the truth and freedom of Jesus Christ every day!

Grace and peace to you all!

Ephesians 2

Ephesians 2 verses 8 and 9

2 Corinthians 12 verse 9

Saved by grace through faith