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Andy Bustanoby
(C) September 30, 2009

   Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot 
   see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3 NIV).  Have you been spiritually reborn?  
   I tell my story in "Andyís Corner" at the following site:   You will find it in my Blogs From 
   2007 under the title, "Happy Birthday To Me."  My fear of hell brought me 
   to Christ.

   But perhaps you may know what "born again" means and may even remember 
   that once you accepted by faith Jesus Christ as your Savior . . . but now 
   you think you have lost your salvation and are afraid of hell because your 
   life doesnít show Christ.

   Let me assure you that you need not be afraid of hell--but loss you will 
   suffer.  Let me explain.

   One loss you may suffer is the loss of your life.  The Apostle John tells 
   us that there is "sin unto death"--physical death (1 Jn. 5:16-17).  This 
   is the penalty for your persistence in sin, not the loss of salvation.

   Another loss is a loss of reward.  The Apostle Paul warns against this.  
   Those of us who have accepted Christ as Savior are expected by Godís power 
   to build on that foundation good works (gold, silver, precious stones), 
   not bad works (wood, hay, straw).  In the day we meet God our works will 
   be tested by fire.  He whose works are burned will suffer loss though "he 
   himself shall be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames" 
   (1 Cor. 3:11-15 (NIV).

   No, we cannot lose our salvation.  Our security is assured by the words of 
   Jesus Himself:

     My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow Me.  
     I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; 
     no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has 
     given them to me is greater than all; no one can snatch 
     them out of my Fatherís hand.  I and the Father are oneĒ 
     (Jn. 10:27-30 NIV).

   The word "perish" in the Greek NT is the word apollumi.  It means, "to 
   loose from someoneís grip."  This is why Jesus says that we canít be 
   "snatched" from the Fatherís hand!  Godís hand is powerful!

   If you can read this itís not too late to come back to Jesus:

     If we confess our sins, he [God] will forgive us our sins and 
     purify us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:9).

   To "confess" means to say that what we have thought or done is what God 
   calls it--SIN.  Before itís too late, confess and come back!

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