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Salvation is not in any sense partial or incomplete. It is not temporary. God does not save us for only part of forever. He does not make us His children for only part of our lives.

Spiritually we have only one parent. We are totally the child of that one parent. Before we were saved we were wholly the children of the Devil. After we are saved we are wholly the children of God.

John 8:44a: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. . . .

Romans 8:15-17: For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

When we are saved our old relationship as a child of the Devil is completely over, gone, done, finished -- never to exist again. He now becomes our 24/7 adversary, accuser, persecutor and hindrance.

When we are saved God becomes our 24/7 Father, Protector, Guide, Planner, Executive Director, Strengthener, Motivator, Provider, Comforter, Sustainer and whatever else we need Him to be.

John 1:11-12: He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

As many as received Him means 100 percent. Not 99 percent and not 101 percent. It does not say as many as received Him plus a few.

Do you believe in some other means of salvation? Unbelievers in Jesus Christ try to find other means of salvation. There is no other 100 percent successful way. In fact, there is no other way that is even 1 percent successful.

John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Acts 4:12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

John 10:9: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Ephesians 2:18: For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Romans 5:1: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Whosoever believeth in Him is another 100 percent guarantee. But these are not two different guarantees. They are one and the same. As many as received Him and Whosoever believeth in Him are the same people. If anyone claims to believe in Jesus but they have not received Him they really don*t believe in Him. The Jesus of the Bible is never a Jesus who does not need to be received. Receiving Him is the evidence that you believe in Him. Believing in Him is the cause of receiving Him. Believing and receiving are inseparable.

John 3:36: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Here we have two 100 percent guarantees, He that believeth and He that believeth not. John repeats the same two 100 percent guarantees in his first epistle.

1 John 5:12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

We can have a small faith or we can have a large faith. But our faith must be exclusively in Jesus Christ. Our faith must be 100 percent in Jesus Christ. Faith that is 25 percent in Jesus Christ, 25 percent in church attendance, 25 percent in good works and 25 percent in something else is not faith in Jesus Christ. Faith that is partly in Jesus Christ and partly in something else will consign you to Hell. Church attendance may or may not lead to faith in Christ. Good works will not get you to Christ. Other things may or may not bring you to faith in Christ. J. Vernon McGee often says: You need do nothing more nor less than to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!!

Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ will normally cause one to attend church and do good works.

The good things that follow faith in Christ are beneficial. The good things that precede faith in Christ may or may not be beneficial. The good things that replace faith in Christ will condemn. Nothing can succeed as a substitute for faith in Jesus Christ. Nothing!

Not only must faith be 100 percent in Jesus Christ, but faith must be in 100 percent of Jesus Christ.

I know that Jesus is spelled differently in different languages. For the purpose of this poor little illustration we*ll stick to English. We could leave out any of the letters in Jesus name but if we did we wouldn*t be spelling Jesus. We might be spelling someone else*s name but it wouldn*t be Jesus. Examples: Esus, Jsus Jeus, Jess, Jesu.

The Jesus of the Bible is said to be Lord, Master, God, Powerful, Saviour, Teacher, Wonderful, Counselor, Friend and many other things. If we believe in a Jesus who is not all of those things we believe in a partial Jesus -- a false Jesus. If we believe in a Jesus who is not all of those things we have created our own version of Jesus in our minds. We must believe in the Jesus of the bible -- not the Jesus of our own mind -- or of someone else*s mind. Jesus is not a half-way Jesus and God is not a half-way God.

Matthew 24:24: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Because of man*s desire to rule his own life and destiny the most common version of Jesus that the minds of men come up with is a Jesus who is not Lord, Master, God or Powerful.

Luke 19:14: But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

This is a powerful picture of men rejecting Jesus as the Lord and Master who wants to reign over them.

Romans 10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

The title Lord Jesus means by definition the one in charge, the one who should reign. By the way many who have false Christs have Christs who were not raised from the dead.

John 20:28: And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

Thomas finally came to understand a little about who Jesus was and is. Many who have false Christs believe in Christs who are not God. They do not believe in the Diety of Christ. For example, some believe in a Jesus who is a brother of Satan and not his Creator. Many disbelieve or deny the power of God.

2 Timothy 3:5: Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

The bottom line is that men prefer a Jesus whom they do not have to obey. Men prefer a Jesus that they can manipulate.

Luke 6:46: And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Matthew 7:21-23: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

These people tried to manipulate God.

God hates sin. Christians ought to increasingly hate sin as well.

I know a woman who when confronted with her sin said sweetly about Jesus He lets me do that. She has a false Christ.

When Jesus forgives our sin He tells us to sin no more. -- John 8:11.

When Jesus saves us He gives us 100 percent of salvation.

Colossians 2:10: And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

John 10:28: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

2 Peter 1:3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Hebrews 7:25: Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

In this life we cannot see 100 percent of God*s salvation but we can trust His promise that it is as good as done. It will be totally completed!!

Philippians 1:6: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

When Jesus saves you He saves 100 percent of you.

1 Thessalonians 5:23: And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

When Jesus saves you it is a spectacular miracle. It is a cataclysmic turnaround. It stops a downward journey toward the Lake of Fire and begins an upward journey toward Paradise. It turns a man*s world upside down. For that saved one it extinguishes the fires of hell and ignites a glorious life that will go on forever. When we receive Jesus as Saviour we ingest eternal life.

1 John 5:11: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

This wonderful salvation is not always apparent to us in this life. It is a little like the wind that Jesus spoke of in John chapter 3. We can*t see the wind but we can see some of the results of it. A blind person could see none of the results of a wind. Just as a person who has not been born again could not see or understand the results God has produced in one who has been born again.

John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:8: The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

When Jesus saves you he forgives 100 percent of your sin.

1 John 1:7-9: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Psalms 51:2: Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

Jesus gave His all for us. He gave His very life.

When you receive Jesus He wants 100 percent of you. He wants lock, stock and barrel. He doesn*t want half of you. He wants 100 percent.

Luke 10:27: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

All of you will fit perfectly with all of God. We are incomplete until He has our all and we have His all.

Proverbs 16:4a: The LORD hath made all things for himself: . . .

Does Jesus have your all?

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