One reason so many
assume they are
saved . . . but are not.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR SOMEONE to call upon
Christ for salvation and yet never get saved?
Can a person go through the motions of
"Inviting Jesus into their heart," and still walk
away unsaved? Can a person make a "false
profession," be self-deceived into thinking they
got saved, when in reality they never did?
Some people feel that Bible salvation is so
simple, that it is virtually impossible to get it
wrong. However, in spite of its simplicity, it may
surprise you that false professions happen quite
often. One reason is because the false professor
never "saw" the real reason he/she needed to
get saved in the first place.
Isaiah "saw" the reason . . .
In Isaiah Chapter 6, the prophet Isaiah describes
this vision: "In the year that king Uzziah died I
SAW ALSO THE LORD sitting upon a throne,
high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six
wings; with twain he covered his face, and with
twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did
fly. And one cried unto another, and said, HOLY,
HOLY, HOLY, IS THE LORD of hosts: the whole
earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the
door moved at the voice of him that cried, and
the house was filled with smoke. Then said I,
WOE IS ME! FOR I AM UNDONE; BECAUSE I
AM A MAN OF UNCLEAN LIPS, and I dwell in
the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine
eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts."
Please note Isaiah's self-condemnation upon
seeing God. He cried: "I am a man of unclean
lips." Isaiah recognized his wretched sinful state.
He recognized he was a sinner--more so than at
any other time in his life.
Oh, in the past, he may have often admitted
he was "a sinner." Like many today, he may
have said countless times: "Sure I'm a sinner,
nobody's perfect." Perhaps, like many today, he
minimized his sinful condition, downplaying its
severity by mixing in a little self-righteous
justification. However, on this particular
occasion, Isaiah had nowhere to hide. He fully
realized, right then and there, that he was a
HELL-DESERVING SINNER: "Then said I, WOE IS
ME!" You may be nodding your head, saying to
yourself, "Yep, I can relate. I knew I was going
to Hell when I asked Christ to save me; I've got
the tears to prove it." However, read the
passage again. Notice THE REASON for Isaiah's
reaction: "And one cried unto another, and said,
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, IS THE LORD...THEN
SAID I, WOE IS ME! For I am undone; because I
am a man of unclean lips."
Isaiah "saw" Him . . .
Isaiah truly realized he was a sinner when he
saw GOD'S HOLINESS contrasted with himself.
My friend, when the convicting Holy Spirit brings
a person to the point where he/she is truly ready
to get saved, that person can't help but "see"
God's holiness. In the presence of God's
Holiness, that person instantly realizes what a
wretched sinner he is and how he has offended
a holy God. Such a realization brings the person
to the end of him/herself. There is no self-
righteousness left to hide behind; gone is any
prideful sense of self-worth. That is why Isaiah
cried: "WOE IS ME! FOR I AM UNDONE."
When we "see" the enormous contrast between
our sinful nature and God's holiness, we
instantly realize how we appear in God's eyes.
God looks down and says: "THERE IS NONE
RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE: There is NONE that
understandeth, there is NONE that seeketh after
God. They are ALL gone out of the way, they
are together BECOME UNPROFITABLE; there is
NONE that doeth good, NO, NOT ONE....For
ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the glory
of God." Rom. 3:10-12,23
The key word here is "unprofitable" . . .
THE WORD "unprofitable" MEANS
USELESS. It describes us--creatures in
rebellion against their Creator. Rebellious
mankind collectively shakes its fist at God and
says, "We desire not the knowledge of thy
ways. What is the Almighty, that we should
serve him? and what profit should we have, if
we pray unto him?" (Job 21:14-15). Isaiah said:
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned every one TO HIS OWN WAY" (Isa. 53:6).
As long as we willingly refuse to submit to
God's rule over every area of our lives, we serve
no useful purpose to Him and His plans.
Salvation is God's attempt at salvaging a lost
and unprofitable creature. The only reason God
even bothers to save us is because HE WANTS
TO, not because we are worthy of salvation. It
is by God's mercy and grace that we even get
saved: "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"
(Eph. 2:8-9). "Not by works of righteousness
which we have done, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS
MERCY HE SAVED US." Titus 3:5
Peter "saw" Him . . .
On the Lake of Gennesaret, in Luke, Chapter 5,
we find Jesus Christ performing a miracle. The
miracle convinces Peter that Jesus is none other
than God in the flesh. Notice Peter's reaction:
"When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at
Jesus' knees, saying, DEPART FROM ME; for I
AM A SINFUL MAN, O Lord." Luke 5:8
Note that Peter says, "DEPART FROM ME; for I
am a sinful man." My friend, think this through.
If a man or woman see themselves compared to
the holiness of God, wouldn't the normal
reaction be "guilt and shame" before God's
presence? Read Genesis Chapter Three, and you
will find that upon sinning, "Adam and his wife
HID THEMSELVES from the presence of the
LORD" (Gen. 3:8). When a person truly sees
him/herself as a lost, unprofitable, hell-deserving,
hell-bound sinner, the natural reaction is to fear
God's holy wrath! If the person doesn't sense
the wrath of God looming over his/her head,
then that person is NOT READY to get saved.
After all, it is from God's judgmental wrath that
one gets saved in the first place:
"Much more then, being now justified by his
blood, we shall be SAVED FROM WRATH
through him. For if, when WE WERE ENEMIES,
we were reconciled to God by the death of his
Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be
saved by his life." Rom. 5:9-10
How about you? Perhaps you profess to be
saved. Yet, what was it like in those convicting
moments leading up to your salvation? Were
they relatively pleasant? Were you "happily"
waiting to receive Christ into your heart? Or was
your reaction that of Peter: "Depart from me; for
I AM A SINFUL MAN, O Lord." Did you "see"
Him? Did you see yourself the way God sees
you--as unprofitable? Did you "see" God's holy
wrath ready to be poured out upon you? Did you
realize you were deserving of that wrath--so
much so, that the Holy Spirit had to convince
you that God indeed wanted to save you?
The Publican "saw" Him . . .
In Luke, Chapter 18, we find the Lord Jesus
Christ teaching the following parable: "And he
spake this parable unto certain which trusted in
themselves that they were righteous, and
despised others: Two men went up into the
temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other
a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus
with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as
other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers,
or even as this publican. I fast twice in the
week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the
publican, STANDING AFAR OFF, would not lift
up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote
upon his breast, saying, GOD BE MERCIFUL TO
ME A SINNER. I tell you, this man went down to
his house justified rather than the other: for
every one that exalteth himself shall be abased;
and he that HUMBLETH HIMSELF shall be
exalted." Luke 18:9-14
Note that the publican, upon acknowledging
his true sinful state, was "STANDING AFAR
OFF, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto
heaven." Again, we find a reaction of wanting to
hide from God's holy wrath! This is exactly how
sinners, seeing their guilt, will react. Jesus
taught, "And this is the condemnation, that
light is come into the world, and men loved
darkness rather than light, because their deeds
were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth
the light, NEITHER COMETH TO THE LIGHT, lest
his deeds should be reproved." John 3:19-20
My friend, if you have ever seen yourself as a
hell-deserving sinner you would know it! You
would remember the reaction of wanting to hide
from the presence of holiness. You would
lament, like Isaiah: "Woe is me! for I am undone;
because I am a man of unclean lips." Like Peter,
you would say to God: "Depart from me; for I
AM A SINFUL MAN." Like the publican, you
would have stood "AFAR OFF," pleading: "GOD
BE MERCIFUL TO ME A SINNER."
Job "saw" Him and repented . . .
My friend, you can call upon Christ, inviting Him
into your heart as often as you want, but
unless you come to a point where you see
yourself as God sees you, you won't get saved.
Why? Because normally without such a
profound, soul-shaking realization, a person
does not truly REPENT. Job, upon realizing his
wretched sinful state, cried out to God: "I have
heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now
MINE EYE SEETH THEE. WHEREFORE I ABHOR
MYSELF, AND REPENT in dust and ashes" (Job
Referring back to Peter, notice his total
surrender to God's will after he saw himself a
sinner before God: "When Simon Peter saw it,
he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart
from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord....
And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from
henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when
they had brought their ships to land, THEY
FORSOOK ALL, AND FOLLOWED HIM." Luke
Peter didn't try to "have his cake and eat it
too" by getting saved from Hell, so he could live
his own life free of guilt. Peter REPENTED. The
realization of his sinfulness before a holy God
raised the white flag of surrender in Peter's
He submitted to God's rule over his life. Peter
realized that he was useless, destroying any
sense of self-worth. He knew that without God
he was nothing! Peter not only accepted Jesus
as his Saviour, but he also made Christ the ONE
AND ONLY LORD of his life!
Have you "seen" Him?
Total submission to God, in repentance, is
missing among most people who profess Christ,
today. People simply don't submit themselves to
God's ABSOLUTE rule over their lives.
Oh, they might forsake most of their sin; they
might quit smoking, boozing, swearing, illicit
sex, or any other sinful acts they may have been
practicing at the time. But if asked whether they
are following God's will, as revealed in the Bible,
most of these same people will say, "no". Yet,
Jesus said unto His disciples, "If any man will
come after me, let him deny himself, and take
up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will
save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose
his life for my sake shall find it." Mat. 16:24-25
How about you? Have you ever seen yourself as
a hell-deserving sinner in light of God's holiness?
Did your "salvation experience" reflect Isaiah,
Peter, the publican, or Job's attitude? Did you
repent? Jesus said: "I tell you, Nay: but, except
ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:3
IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven? The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).
BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated between you and your God," Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23.
SECONDLY, you must realize that there is NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn Heaven: "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." (Eph. 2:8-9) Baptism, good deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are all examples of good works that cannot save you, because: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he [Christ] saved us," Titus 3:5.
THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through Jesus Christ. He said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) THAT'S WHY: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8-9
THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your mind); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner and can't save yourself. And call upon Christ, and Him alone, to save you. "if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus [REPENT], and shalt believe in thine heart [TRUST] that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9
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