We can not discuss the hope that we do not have, because of our assurance of Salvation that we claim to already possess, as opposed to the knowledge of one day receiving it. Many deceived souls accept the false teaching of having the assurance of Salvation by works, when they claim to be saved now by the words they speak. They do not have the hope of the rewards promised to be given at the end of this age, and therefore they miss out on an incredible journey. This is one of the greatest lies ever taught to the masses; it also parallels a similar condition that Jesus encountered with the false teachers of that time.
To make the claim that we are saved before we truly are, is self-righteousness, and it is a deadly and empty false doctrine.
Lam 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
The Lamb of God is also the King of Kings, and He alone provides our assurance of Salvation. This gift is given to all who are worthy of it, that worship Christ in Spirit and in Truth.
Zech 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
The cross upon which Christ died, for the remission or covering of our sins, is the reason we can know of and obtain our assurance of Salvation.
Luke 1:77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
The explanation of this beautiful act of redemptive power and glory is given through His Love letter to us. This is our prized possession, it is the Living Word of God.
Acts 13:26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
Following the new commandments that are written in our hearts and minds enable us to be referred to as His children. We can with Christ’s Love, understand and direct others towards the path of our assurance of Salvation. When one experiences real joy, sharing this joy with others naturally occurs.
Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
The gospel message and salvation scriptures of Christ to us that believe with all of our heart mind and spirit is the power of god unto our assurance of Salvation. The word unto is an important one that distinguishes the timing. John uses the same word when he said that he baptizes with water unto repentance.
Gal 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
According to salvation scriptures, we gain access to His Grace and Mercy by Faith through His Spirit. What a blessing our assurance of Salvation truly is. Our redemption from the sinful flesh and our gathering together unto Him, at the last day both occur at the same time. This is what motivates us, gives us a sure hope and allows us to produce works that are approved and acceptable through the Holy Spirit.
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
We joyfully wait with great anticipation, for the second coming of our Redeemer. Our reward is with and through Him, and Christ is the treasure we cling to. For the spirit filled Christian our assurance of Salvation is the realization we will inherit incorruption and immortality, if we faithfully run the race set before us. Notice that Christ only appears a second time with our Salvation, not three times as the Pre tribulation Rapture crowd would have it.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Judean first, and also to the Greek.
We are to put off the works of darkness and the many false teachings that have lulled so many to sleep. Christ our Salvation draws nearer, as this present evil world is about to expire.
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we (first) believed.
That which is born of the flesh is of the flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is of the spirit. We who are Born again have a true knowledge of the Kingdom of God, and our assurance of Salvation is fully realized and sought after with great joy.
Being born again and receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit are one in the same. Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he can not enter into the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-8).
The greatest tragedy is believing you are Born again without ever experiencing the true indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This lie is an empty promise that leads to death and destruction, as the ability to truly understand Christ and His life changing testimony is impossible without His Spirit (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; Eph 1:13).
All false teachers and the congregations that they preside over, that do not truly have the Holy Spirit have a form of godliness. But they deny the power thereof, as it is quite impossible to truly know Jesus, apart from having His Spirit that abides in us.
The true spirit filled believer is the temple of God. The first chapter of Ephesians is very powerful, and gives us a vivid description of our assurance of Salvation that we can possess. The believer that has been sealed is Born Again. This life changing event is also known as the baptism of the Holy Spirit. With this infilling we can understand and walk in the Word, and therefore our assurance of Salvation is possible.
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise
Christ purchased us through His shed blood and gives us the Holy Spirit as a down payment. We are sealed or set apart from the world at this point, and the fulfillment of this contract which is our inheritance, occurs upon our redemption at His second coming.
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Christ spoke plainly when He said that unless you believe and are baptized you shall not be saved. He did not say you are saved, but you shall be saved.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized (with the Holy Spirit) shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Emphasis added
John the Baptist proclaimed that are two Baptisms; one is unto repentance, and the other is unto our assurance of Salvation through the Holy Spirit. All in Christ can have the Assurance of Salvation, but it does require the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit it is impossible to even understand the Word of God. This is why there is so much division in the so-called Christian church today.
Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
John also tells us in salvation scriptures that we will be baptized with fire. This will be a process in which the impurities and useless pursuits of our lives will be burned up. What is left behind will be the determination of what type of rewards are due.
1 Cor 3:13-14 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
Our faith will also be tried in much the same way as our works. The end result of real faith, is that it automatically produces good works, unto our assurance of Salvation.
1 Peter 1:7-9 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
It is the Spirit of Truth that enables us to truly receive and walk in Christ; the Spirit witnesses or confirms the truth of Jesus to us. It also empowers us to be a true witness to others with the authority of Christ.
John 15:26-27 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:And ye also shall bear witness,( testify) because ye have been with me from the beginning.
We are saved by the renewing of the Spirit; the picture here is that of our old nature being made new, when we put on the mind of Christ. The same word is used when Paul warns us not to conform to the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The word regeneration is used by Christ to describe the process of our immortality and incorruption when we are changed at his second coming.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he (saves us) by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
The Hope of our assurance of Salvation, is actually both a tactical and a defensive weapon, that we use to endure and conquer.
1 Thess 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
We love Him because He first loved us. We believe through the power of the Holy Spirit that provides us with a lasting faith unto our assurance of Salvation.
1 Peter 1:8-9 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Christ speaks very clearly regarding the timing, of not only our assurance of Salvation revealed but the gathering together (or rapture), which most definitely occur at the same time. Here are a few more examples:
The Word of God will return to set in motion the first judgment and resurrection; those that destroy the earth will be sent to Hell to await the lake of fire. However a full reward is given to the prophets, saints and servants (Rev 11:18). It should be noted that the prophets saints and others are rewarded at this time, which most assuredly is at the end of the great tribulation period.
Three very crucial false doctrines are destroyed just by this one verse.
1-First of all, a rapture or gathering of the church before this time is quite impossible. How could the prophets not be worthy of the same rewards of the church? The entire body of Christ, together, will be rewarded with glorious new bodies at Christ’s second coming.
2-Secondly, a pre-tribulation rapture would suggest that the present day church is more righteous than those who died for their testimony of Christ, and penned the very Word of God. This notion is obviously beyond ludicrous.
But this is the teaching of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture movement. The church is raptured away and receive their rewards; then years later the prophets and saints are rewarded.
3-Thirdly, our assurance of Salvation is fully realized at the second coming of Jesus our redeemer. The reward for the righteous is salvation, which just happens to occur when Christ returns (Isa 62:11; Col 3:24; Rev 22:12).
2 Thes 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to (or unto) salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
To understand the intended meaning of salvation scripture it is important to understand that the word to, used in 2 Thes 2:13, carries the same meaning as the word unto, used in Matt 3:11. In both verses the word that should be used is unto, and this subtle change creates a completely different meaning.