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You Can Be Sure | Part 1

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October 22, 2021 8:00 am

You Can Be Sure | Part 1

Love Worth Finding / Adrian Rogers

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October 22, 2021 8:00 am

In this message, Adrian Rogers reveals five foundational facts on which our faith rests.

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And you lose your salvation by your free will listen to Gabriel Rogers. Some people did either. Well, you know you got saved by your free will. You could get lost by your free will and I got my leg amputated by my free will. But I could never put back on, what is the devil could take out God's hands.

Only God is and you're still in God's hands, quietly taking you out if he could do if he could he would if he has and hasn't he been nice to you and now you go to heaven by the goodness of the devil enough strength.welcome to find the dynamic Adrian Roger salvation from start to finish is of the is only by the grace of God we can be sure of our salvation. Adrian Rogers said you can be a shouting Christian and not a doubting Christian you can be in! Rather than a? With your head and over. There are five foundational facts on which our faith rests. If you have your Bible turn to Romans chapter 8 will begin in verse 28 as Adrian Rogers reveals how you can be sure the department store and same old boy, you probably be seven or eight years of age will be a little girl probably little boy and he'll be facing the down escalator and he wants to see if he can run up the down escalator be ever seen a child about a boy do that if your boy, you probably tried to go up the down escalator and is always coming down faster than you can go up and it makes a little progress, and then he goes backward makes a little more and finally ends up at the bottom. Now that down escalator. That's the old nature of acts against us that downward pull. But you see, listen when you're trying to save yourself run the race you're always losing because your nature is going down faster than your good intentions are going up. We understand that but you cannot be saved by self effort to try to be saved by self effort is going up the down escalator when your little guy and you just can't make thank God for the grace of God, and that's what were talking about a newbie finding Romans chapter 8 and in just a moment where going to look in verse 28. I will talk today about his assurance the part of the message. You can be sure not to many of us have a maybe so hope so. Thanks so salvation and you will never never be a victorious Christian you will never ever have victory.

You will never ever have meaningful service of the first of all you have the rock ribbon assurance of your salvation.

Too many Christians alike?

For they had all been over when they ought to be like! Too many Christians are doubting Christians when they ought to be shouting Christians. Too many Christians are saying. Maybe I'm saved. I hope I'm say when they ought to be saying, praise God.

I know I'm saved I'm heaven born and I'm heaven bound now looked in verse 28 and notice how verse 28 begins and that's the theme of what we're talking about here and we know and we know they are some things that Paul is not making or surmising about is not conjecture. This is not theory. Paul says I want to tell you what we know. I want to tell you how we can be absolutely sure. We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, who are the called according to his purpose or, and this verse just builds on verse 28, four whom he did for know. That is, whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son that he that is God's son might be the firstborn among many brethren, that is, he might be the older brother to a great big family that moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called and whom he called bin. He also justified and whom he justified, them he also glorified what she was saying into these things. If God be for us, who can be against us now to give you five foundation stones that you can stand no and together they make a wonderful foundation for your assurance. These words now. They may sound technical and they may sound too theological but don't check me out. Look at them right now.

Beginning in verse 29_the word foreknow, for whom he did foreknow, he did also predestinate underscore the word predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called underscore the word call and whom he called, them he also justified underscore the word justified and whom he justified. They may also verify that you have got five words and it's upon these five words are we going to think about the basis of our assurance today and you when you see these things will love that Drew salvation's plan will grace that brought it down to man the mighty golf that Todd did span at Calvary. Now let's look at these five words right now and the very first of these tells us what we can be sure afraid. You can be sure of God's foreknowledge of your salvation. Look at it in verse 29 for whom he did foreknow. Now this word for knowledge is Greek word program. No skill.

I knew you were waiting a long time to hear that none of you eminently blessed after you heard that broken nose go want to just simply means is to know ahead of time.

A program Oscar RR English word prognosis comes from this word, it means to look at a new future and know what is going to happen God for knows everything that we use the word today prognosis.

The doctor will examine you and he will tell you what your state of health is going to be. Recall that a prognosis heard about a man who went to the doctor. The doctor said I got some very bad news for you got your live. And then he handed Matt a bill for $5000 Manson I can't pay that bill. The doctor said I give you another year has sometimes the doctors prognosis is not always very accurate because the doctors prognosis is based upon his training and it is an educated guess. God never guesses at anything. God knows the future, God sees the future of the present and the past. All is one we don't understand that because we are humans and we are limited by time and space.

God is not God, is about time and space.

So God knows everything God can't learn anything God can't forget anything. God is never surprised, and God saw you accepting Jesus Christ before you ever accepted him and before this world was slung in the space. God saw you getting saying about is a God already knows everything is going happen now. The reason that's difficult for us to understand is because we are humans and we think in in finite terms is like a little boy watching a parade through knothole. He sees the floats as they go past and only what comes through the knothole of his perspective. Now suppose somebody would see that little guy watching the rights of the knothole and they picked him up and taken to the top of a 10 story building is a sign you can see better from there and there the little guy sees the parade making up down here he sees the parade this person got here and he sees everything in between. He has a different vantage know that's a very poor illustration because it will still only see so far God can see all the way and God sees all the time.

But see, God sees from eternity.

We live in time. So what takes place to sequentially in time is known the beginning but to the end and and the Bible says known to the Lord all his works from the beginning of the God just knows no and so God, foreknow God saw you getting saved. God saw a boy down West Palm Beach, Florida. Got a mean kid skipping school, cheating in class taking God's name in vain, getting in fights they want to bring us a boy but God saw that boy hearing the gospel.

Repenting of us in trusting Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord and God saw that boy doing that before the world was ever formed a boy's name was Adrian's bow, God saw that God saw me getting saying now see God doesn't learn anything you can't teach God anything because God already knows everything and you know that there's some people who wonder whether or not they are the elect. Well does God just simply choose some people to be saved and other people not to be say no.

Who are the elect. Well, listen to first Peter one verse two. The Bible says there that we are a lack according to the foreknowledge of God, let me just help you for moment the elect are that whosoever will be elect out of whosoever will I when a person receives Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He is the elect now a part of our problem is that we think of God already knows who's going to be saved, then it is settled and that we don't have any choice about the matter know God knows the choice that we going to make but it is still our choice as well problem because we try to put God in a box and you can't put God in a box who has known the mind of the Lord and his counsel. You think that you can understand things as God can understand.

Thanks and so here's a box and we say well God for knows everything and therefore we don't have any choice whether you try to put God in that box man's free will man's choice of jump out of that box. Well then, on the other hand, if you put God in a box and you say well God didn't have anything to do with it.

God can't know what I had a diamond and God doesn't have any electing progress. It's all what man does, then the sovereignty of God will jump out of that box. You just can't put God in a box and and then Jesus said in John chapter 6 all of the fall that given me shall come to me and him.

It cometh unto me, all in no wise cast Bread.

You can be sure that every body that God knows is going to be saved will be saved and they going to come to Jesus and Jesus will not read views him but received him, now you say pastor you know I really don't understand that while I'm glad to know that some things about God that you can understand. I can understand God is God, but I want to tell you this friend.

God knows the future before the future ever happens, and God foresaw you getting saved, and you know that he already knows that I had a time now to foreknow, does not mean to cause to happen. Some people think that if God for knows it.

Then God makes it happen. Let me ask you question.

See if you disagree with this. Everything that's going to happen eventually will you disagree with me, Disagree with everything that is going to happen eventually. Well, I don't care what is right or praise or murder are mayhem our picnic on my scratching my ear everything that's going to happen eventually. Well now when it happens. Does that take God by surprise.

Of course, no. Does that mean that because God foreknew that there is going to be blasphemy are right that God calls personal everything is going to happen eventually well and God can't learn anything. God knows every thing agree, but God gave you a choice, and God gave you a will and God knows simply what choice you are going to make now the astronomers know when Haley's comet is going to appear again. I don't, but they do not you think because they know when Haley's comet is going appear that they cause it to appear? You see, foreknowledge just simply means that foreknowledge God for new God knows you can be sure that God ahead of time so your salvation that that's a great comfort that that you not an accident and incident. God knows I had a time. That's the reason Jesus at all that the father had given me come to me personally will everything is going happen eventually with the second play I want you to see not only can you be sure God's foreknowledge of your salvation but you can be sure of your predestination to be like Jesus. Now look at the Scripture. Again, look at it, for whom he did foreknow need it. Also predestination into what some people think they think that God predestined some people go to hell and God predestined some people go to heaven. No, it doesn't say anything about hell or heaven.

It saddens that when God foreknow somebody. He predestines them to be like Jesus is not looking backward to your salvation is looking forward to your glorification when God saw that kid in West Palm Beach giving his heart to Jesus Christ. God said that was will be like Jesus.

I have settled it. I have predetermined it is God he be lying Jesus Christ. That's God's eternal purpose.

That's Romans 828 all things work together for good, not to make you happy holy are richer wealthy and wise would make you like Jesus, you see God's purpose is that Jesus might be the firstborn among many brethren and you are predestined to be like the Lord Jesus Christ. Now some people think that some people are predestined to hell and some people are predestined to heaven. Let me show you friend that God than predestined anybody to hell God and want anybody to go to hell.listen to me. God wants everybody save God wants everybody say let me give some Scripture.

Second Timothy two verses three and four for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who will have all men to be say I somewhat say all of the elect and say that this is all let me give you another Scripture second Peter three verse nine the Lord is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

And in Matthew 23 about verse 37 Jesus is coming down off the Mount of olives about to go up to Jerusalem Leon at Palm Sunday and that crowd is saying him him but he knows that in just a few days there be no blood in Calgary.

That same group. This I hail him will be saying nail him. And Jesus is weeping, convulsing great salty tears anything Jerusalem. Jerusalem stone is the proper status and what I've gathered, even as by handouts or tricks, but either way, but he would now I would with you folks. I want to submit to you that if he had said I would have, but you couldn't that whole thing would've been a great charade and why those tears why Jesus went about when he said I want have what you would know if they couldn't be. I mean, it was all settled somewhere, predestined to heaven, and some are predestined to help one preacher said if God predestined me to go to hell. I want to go to hell with anything that does what God made it to do is happy to be happy and Helena would be in heaven that God made me go to something that will know no do you think that God Almighty God fashioned a creature chance and I making this went to him and I hell no Lord is not willing that any should perish. Nobodies predestined to go to hell.

Not one thing when you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

You bring going to be like Jesus is what it says, whom he did foreknow them that he also predestination to be all to the image of God's son.

Now you can be sure therefore that one day you're going to be like the Lord Jesus Christ and by the way, this is our great verse here it is only verse in the Bible prove eternal security be enough. I mean listen in what predestined means having just done it several I mean Almighty God by his omniscience for new and by his omnipotence predestined by watch.

Do you think that what has been settled in heaven can be an old in time or on earth by humans are by Hill. Some people get the idea. Well, you know you got saved by your free will. You could get lost by your free will. Well man. I have my leg amputated by my free will. But I can have a put back on by my free will.

What is the devil could take out God's hands only because you think that you still in God's hands.

Why had he taken you out if he could. Don't you know if he could he would and if he has and hasn't he been nice to you and are you going to heaven by the goodness of the devil in answering talking means I can do it as why haven't done it. He can do know God says when you receive Jesus Christ as your personal savior and law you are cream to be like Jesus is wonderful news. Now you can be sure you can be sure God's foreknowledge of your salvation. You can be sure of your predestination to be just like the Lord Jesus Christ taught anyone else.

You can be sure of. You can be sure that God has called you to salvation. Now some people get the idea that God calls him. God didn't call other people know I would take look. In this passage of Scripture, the Bible says we did foreknow them. He did also predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son that he got son might be the firstborn among many brethren. Verse 30 moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called and whom he called, them he also justified.

Now what is the calling. How does God call you be saying what God calls you to be saved through the gospel is the preaching of the gospel. It is God's call. Let me give you a Scripture to put down a second Thessalonians 2 verses 13 and 14 but we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren love the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation. You say, I thought I chose him know you only chose him because he chose you got it chosen you to salvation, how did he do it. Watch it through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

The Holy Spirit brought you on the conviction and you believe the truth. Those who are the chosen are those who believe the truth now listen to it.

How did you get to hear the truth, whereunto he called you by our gospel. Paul said what you would call it when I preach the gospel.

Now I'm preaching the gospel today, and God is calling you to salvation, and it's such a wonderful calling because you see is not just a preacher preaching. It's the citation of the spirit.

I can't open blind eyes. A man needs more than like to see. He needs site I preach the light but God has to give the site name is more than words. To be saved in each hearing, and God didn't make the blind to see the adapter here. And salvation is a miracle that God works when the gospel of Jesus Christ is preach and that is God calling people. Now some people have a doctrine that they call irresistible grace that is God only chooses some to be saved and then when God calls an individual, they can't help but come all yes they can help. But, Stephen said when he preach that message to those just before the stoning.

He said you stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart you do always resist the Holy Ghost as did your fathers see the Holy Spirit can be resisted. That's the reason the Bible says today if you hear his voice tone hard in your home or God will be calling you today in this message but you can say no to him or you can say yes to him and God is not going to override you all well. You have been dubious privilege of saying no to him. He doesn't want you to say no. We want you to say yes, but if you don't want him he's not going to force himself upon you listen to me florist. Love is a contradiction in terms. If you don't choose to love God is not love at all coming up on Monday will hear part two of this important message.

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