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Blogpost by Apostle André Pelser

Who can save us?

In Egypt, the 10 Plagues destroyed a nation to free another. God did signs and wonders to give Pharaoh a chance to repent and release the Jews to go and serve God, but he bluntly refused. There are many theories of how the plagues could have happened, like at a certain time of the year the red reeds in the Nile let off a substance that changes the color of the water to red, like how the plague of insects caused the plague of frogs, like how the Red Sea gets shallow at certain times, but the only true explanation is the plagues were supernatural. It was not a rare disease that killed the firstborn during the last plague, but the Angel of Death that flew over the homes of the Jews because they covered their doorposts with blood of a spotless lamb.

Revelation speaks of plagues that will come over the earth in the last days just like they did in the time of Egypt. According to Revelation, one-third of the earth’s population would die.

The Coronavirus has spread to over 27 nations from China where over 2 000 people have already died, and tens of thousands of Chinese are affected as a result of the virus. They have not found a cure for it yet. Wherever you travel you get confronted with a corona testing gun at customs and all officials wear masks. The epidemic has affected air and sea travel and passengers are stuck.

Chinese eat about everything. The coronavirus was transferred from animal meat to humans.

The SARS virus, also from China, has also struck fear in the hearts of people, as did the Ebola virus from West Africa.

One-third of Australia’s forests have been burned to the ground and many people died and others lost their homes. Then great hailstones the size of golf balls hit Australia and people had no answer.

Floods devastate many countries and heavy snowfalls cause havoc.

There are wars all over the world and cities look like ruins. People flee their own countries to seek refuge elsewhere. It is crisis upon crisis. The world leaders regularly meet to find answers, but they have none.

The world has become a fearful place and there is no safe place anymore.

Unless God protects us in these days, we have no protection at all. Unless the Lord protects the house, those who try to protect it do so in vain. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who try to build it will not succeed.

The answer is: only God. Only God can save us – no one else. The safest place is in the will of God for your life.

There are life-threatening diseases all over the world, malaria, yellow fever, hepatitis B and scores of other dangerous maladies. Inoculations help to prevent some of it, but unless the Lord protects us, we have no defense against the onslaught of evil infections.

Crime and violence have increased at a drastic rate, fraud and corruption bring nations to their knees, governments are dishonest and can no longer be trusted. Many nations are bankrupt in the world, and some that seem to be going strong is merely avoiding the collapse.

Paul said, in the last days terrifying times will come because of 3 causes: men will be lovers of money, lovers of self and lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Greed is a result of the love of money; selfish interest is the result of self-love and lust results in loving pleasure. Europe speaks of a post-Christian era and no longer even believe in God. Young people everywhere are taught that Christianity is old-fashioned and religious.

Paul explained in the first chapter of the book of Romans that people who do not want to retain God in their thinking will be handed over to their own pleasures such as men doing unseemly things with men and women with women. The result of rejecting God is the cause of all the immorality, homosexuality and lesbianism in the world. God has handed them over to their own designs and lusts because they put God out of their minds.

Peter assures us that we can escape the corruption that is in the world through the great and precious promises of God in His Word, but people regard the Bible as outdated and no longer meditate in the Word. They have gone astray like sheep, because they do not heed the voice of the Great Shepherd. Most Churches in the world have rejected the Bible and priests and preachers give self-motivation lessons instead of preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

And yet, amidst the chaos in the world, the Spirit of God is still brooding like it did right at the beginning of creation when God created everything out of dark chaos.

Out of the chaos in the world God is creating a new nation, a holy nation, a kingdom of priests and a peculiar people who show forth the praises of God in the earth, people who know how to worship God in spirit and in truth, the way God desires it.

Only God can save us and protect us from all the terrible things that is coming over the earth. He protects us in several ways.

He protects us through dreams and visions. He directed Joseph the husband of Mary, through dreams of Angels appearing to him and telling him where to go and when to go. God has protected us as a family through many dreams that Nola, my wife, had.

He protects us by His Holy Spirit that leads and guides us into all truth and even shows us things to come. The Holy Spirit gives an inner conviction what to do and what not to do, where to go and where not to go and what to say and what not to say. He nudges us with promptings to do the will of God. Hilton, our youngest son, was in Sri Lanka when the Holy Spirit prompted him to get up and leave immediately. Later, the same day, a revolution broke out with much violence and they closed down the trains, busses and airports. If he did not head the voice of the Holy Spirit, he would have been stuck for a long time.

Jesus promised those who believe in His Name that they would not be harmed even if they drank deadly things. Twice I have been poisoned in Africa, but survived by the grace of God. The second time the doctors announced twice that I was going to die. My heart actually stopped beating and all my vital organs stopped functioning and I couldn’t breathe. But Nola blew into my mouth and said, ‘Ruach!’ which is the Hebrew word for ‘Breath of God’. God saved me and brought me back to life again.

God has given men & women knowledge in medical science to create vaccines to immunize people against deadly diseases such as polio, malaria, yellow fever, influenza and measles. Penicillin brought relief to many sufferers, blood transfusion saved lives and heart transplants lengthen the lives of many.

God uses the wisdom of the elderly to give advice to the young ones, if they listen, they will be safe. Going to Church is probably the best advice to give to anyone, because that is where you hear the Word of the Lord. His Word upholds all things in creation.

His Word brings health to all your being. His Word guides you along your life’s path. His Word sustains you. His Word corrects you. His Word warns you of what is to come. God told Joshua to meditate in the Word day and night and then he would have good success and make his way prosperous. He needed wisdom to lead the Jewish nations into the Promised Land. Solomon desired wisdom above everything else and because he did that God also gave him fame and fortune. He had to govern a great nation after David, his father, passed away.

As God saved the Jews and brought them out of Egypt through the dry bed of the Red Sea after He made a miraculous way for them, so God will save those who trust in Him in these last days when Jesus returns to take His bride away from this earth. We are to encourage and comfort each other with these words. We have a blessed hope in Christ. We are not hopeless or helpless in this world. We have Savior in Jesus Christ. He will save us. We are to keep our eyes on Him, trust in Him and live for Him.

God will save us.

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Why does the modern man need salvation?

Why does the modern man need salvation?
Salvation from what:
Bad habits?
Relationships gone bad?
Spiritual disconnection?
Self?
Moral decay?
A humanistic Worldview?
Being alienated from God, and church?

Possibly modern man needs salvation from all of the above, but mainly mankind is lost without Christ!

Christ is salvation!

Knowing, loving, believing, following Christ is salvation! He is the anchor of my soul, the unsearchable riches and wisdom of God. He is peace, hope and love. He is oneness with God! He embodies the timeless, sustained presence, and favour of God. He is forgiveness and acceptance from God. He is the best way to do life. He became the ‘son of man’ or ultimate human, to reveal the divine in our humanity.

We are lost, drowning, dying, and desperate until we are awakened to His righteousness.

God did not give us a saving buoy, He gave Himself.

How do I become a follower of Christ?

Say the welcoming word to God—”Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. Rom 10:9-10. (The Message) Salvation is a theological term. How can one describe this encounter with Jesus in more general life terms? It is best explained as the moment one begins to believe: Like the centurion who believed if Jesus would only speak a word his servant would be healed. Luk 7:1-9, or the Tax Collector: “Lord have mercy one me, a sinner.” Luk 18:9-14, or the thief on the cross “Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom.” or Paul’s exclamation: “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Acts 9:6, or Zacchaeus who made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. Luk 19:6 or Nicodemus the theologian who was told that he should get born again. John 3:1-3. How one is saved, is a divine mystery but what is evident, faith comes like a spark of fire into the heart of man, when a person receives Him John 1:12 and awakens to righteousness. 1 Cor 15:34; Rom. 13:11; Eph. 5:14

Share with someone.

After the demon-possessed man met Jesus and was delivered of his torment, he also asked this question; “Can I come and stay with you?” Jesus however, told him: “Go home to your own people. Tell them your story—what the Master did, how he had mercy on you.” Your testimony of knowing, and experiencing Jesus is the fuel that flames the fire. It is important to confess your faith, too someone. Rom 10:9. Say to someone; “I am saved” or “I am now a child of God” or “I am now following Jesus” or directly share your story of how Jesus made Himself real to you. Each one of us has a unique story to tell.

Hear & Obey

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me, and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. Mat 16:24 (The Message Bible) This new path you have chosen is an ancient path, a tested path, you do not know the way He has to lead you. It is also imperative that you walk back on your own life path, and repent, reconcile, and make restitution if necessary of all the wrong you have done. This is the first part of your journey, leaving al the baggage of past hurts and disappointments behind. It is a path of holiness and right-wiseness in doing what is right. One remains on this path till the end of one’s life, enduring until the end, and finishing the race of your purpose.

No individual salvation.

Getting to know Jesus, is not a solo mission. As you walk and connect with fellow pilgrims, and acknowledge His work in them, you get to know more of Him. He reveals Himself to you directly, but also indirectly. God is a family, and He rules and reigns the world as a family. In God’s family, one is trained on how to be wise and mature about relationships. As we connect more deeply with other people, we also connect more deeply with God. He uses people to demonstrate the incarnation of His love, mercy and grace collectively. No one person will individually attain the full stature of Christ. But together we make known His manifold wisdom to principalities and powers Eph 3:10 as He builds His church Mat 16:18, and bring us into His fulness together Eph 4:11-16.

The Holy Spirit Reveals Christ.

“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven” Matt 16:17 It was on this direct implicit revelation rock foundation the NT church is built. In the New Testament order, everyone can know God and enter His throne with boldness. Heb 4:14-16; 10:19. Everyone who hears His voice is part of His flock. John 10:27 Furthermore the: the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26 The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to you. Being led by the Holy Spirit is what distinguish us from the World as His children. Rom 8:14

There are not enough books to contain the knowledge to be obtained of Jesus Christ, the express image of God. Heb 1:3. Yet as we make seeking Him and His righteousness, His right-doing, right wiseness and divine Will the principal, the pre-eminent focus of our lives, we get all the other things being added to us. Mat 6:33 Wealth, peace, joy, provision, favour, seems to follow us, as we lost interest in running after that what is temporal.

Selfish, ego-centric, self-centred, greed, pride, arrogance, produce death and destruction. Self-serving motives of self-interest distort the image of Christ. When Christ becomes our focus, our centre, our consciousness, our identity, our way of doing life we begin to heal, and do good. Only Jesus Christ can save us from ‘self’ and lead us to a life of total self-forgetfulness, love, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Rom 14:17