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Evangelism:
The Time Is Now!

Section 6, Chapter 3

The Faith That Saves
 

By Dale P. Kruse

Back to Chapter 2, Chapter 4

One Sunday afternoon an associate and myself continued our door to door surveying near Fresno State University. We came to the door of a Teen-age Woman named Cynthia. She invited us in. We started with the survey I outlined in Section 5 Chapter 8 of this Textbook, that helps you get to the root of what is blocking a person from turning to Christ, what they are basing their salvation on and finally gently and successfully leads you into being able to share the Gospel itself. The conversation went as follows.

Dale: Cynthia, does your household attend church?

Cynthia: Yes.

Dale: Are there any problems you see in the Church in General today?

Cynthia: Lack of Explaining Readings (In her particular church).

Dale: If you could make changes in the Church, what changes in the Church would you like to see take place?

Cynthia: I wish the Priests would spend more time with the people. They are always too busy, on the run.

Dale: If you were to consider going to a Church, what would that church need to be (qualities) for you to go there?

Cynthia: It would need to be more friendly, more available.

Dale: Who is Jesus Christ according to your understanding?

Cynthia: Our Savior.

Dale: If you were to die tonight, do you know for sure whether or not you would go to heaven?

Cynthia: No.

Dale: If someone were to come up to you and say, "I want to go to heaven! What must I do to go there?" What would be Your answer to him?

Cynthia: I would tell the person to ask God for forgiveness of sins.

Dale: If you could know for sure how to go to heaven and have eternal life, would you be interested in knowing how?

Cynthia: Yes!

In our conversation with Cynthia, as we went through the survey, we came to know that she was raised in a Christian faith, that she had a knowledge of the Christian faith and about who Jesus is, in nature and person, but she did not have a saving faith, she did not know Jesus personally. She had an intellectual understanding about what the Christian faith teaches, but she could not express having assurance of salvation.

When we asked her if she would like to know how to have assurance of salvation and know for certain that she would go to heaven, she gave a hearty yes, that she would like to know how to know. In response to this I shared with her What Is Eternal Life? (WEL).

When I got to the two people on page 11ó one representing a Self-Controlled Life, the other representing a Christ-Controlled Life ó I asked her:

Dale: Which person best represents your life?

Cynthia: The one on the left (Self-Controlled Life).

She clearly indicated that she did not know Jesus. Later though as I went on to share with her the prayer on p. 12, she said the following:

Cynthia: I pray and ask Jesus into my life every night.

Dale: Cynthia, asking Jesus into your life is a one time life decision. This is because when you ask Jesus to come into your heart, He comes in not because you ask Him to, but because he promised in Revelation 3:20 that He would come in ("I will come in") if you asked him to. But He said something more important to us in the Scripture in Hebrews 13:5. Let me show you (turning to page 13 in WEL at the bottom of the page). Jesus said that once you ask him to come in, He promises us in this passage, "I will never ever desert you, nor will I ever ever ever forsake you." Cynthia, in the Greek the first words "never ever" is a double negative, two words in Greek meaning the same thing: "no, no" or "no, not" or as translated in English "Never ever". The word translated "ever" is a triple negative, the same words in Greek as in the first phrase only stated three times: "no, not, no". Jesus said it this way to us to make it absolutely clear in the strongest way possible, "I will never, never, ever leave or forsake you," once you ask Him into your heart by faith.

What is the importance of this to us? God the Father gives us a testimony concerning His Son. This testimony of God the Father to us is quoted to us by the Apostle John in the First Epistle of John chapter 5:11-12 (page 13 in WEL),

"And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life."

God the Father testifies to us that the ones who will have eternal life and that will go to heaven are the ones who have Jesus living in themselves. The ones who have Jesus living in themselves are the ones who have responded to Jesusí invitation in Revelation 3:20 and invited Jesus into their hearts. Jesus says that once we ask Him in that He will never never ever leave us throughout all eternity.

Cynthia, when we ask Jesus to come into our hearts, we know he comes in not because we feel he does, but because He said He would come into our hearts if we asked Him to. We have to accept this by faith. When we say by faith we do not mean blind faith. Jesus came back from the dead to prove to us that what He said about Himself and the promises that He made to us were absolutely true. You can know that when you ask Jesus to come into your heart He will, because He proved to you that He will do what He says He will do by coming back from the dead to prove it to you. Again Cynthia, Asking Jesus into your heart is a one time life decision. This is because once you ask Him in, He promises to never, ever, ever leave you, so you never have to ask Him in again.

Cynthia, I know you said you ask Jesus into your life every night, but why donít we pray one last time and this time pray with faith. By faith I mean, after you ask Jesus in, thank Him that He is in your heart once and for all and for all eternity so that you never have to ask Him in again, not because you feel Him, but because He promised in Revelation 3:20 that He would come in if you asked Him to and that once He comes in He will never, ever, ever forsake or leave you again.

Cynthia: Okay!

Dale: Iíll pray, Cynthia, like I prayed twenty-two (1991) years ago. As I pray, you repeat it after me, okay?

Cynthia: Okay.

Cynthia repeated the following prayer after me,

Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and repent of my known sins. I ask You now to come into my heart as Savior from my sins and as Lord of my life. Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving my sins through Your Sonís death and shed blood on the cross and that I now have eternal life. Now take control of my life, and through Your Holy Spirit lead me into your will and plan for my life; in Lord Jesus Christ of Nazarethís name, amen. (p. 12 of WEL)

Dale: Cynthia, did you just sincerely pray this prayer in your heart?

Cynthia: Yes.

Dale: If you did, where is Jesus right now in relation to you?

Cynthia: He is in my heart.

I then went on to re-explain to her 1 John 5:11-12 and Hebrews 13:5. I then asked her,

Dale: Cynthia, do you have eternal life?

Cynthia: Yes.

Dale: Are you going to heaven?

Cynthia: yes.

Dale: How do you know?

Cynthia: Because I have Jesus in my heart and God the Father said that he who has the Son has eternal life and will go to heaven.

Dale: Do You ever need to ask Jesus into your heart again?

Cynthia: No.

Dale: Why?

Cynthia: Because Jesus promised that once I asked Him into my heart that He would never, never, ever leave or forsake me again.

This is The Faith that Saves.

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