Acts 11:14 “who shall tell you words, whereby you and all your house shall be saved”
The conversion of the Gentile Cornelius, and his household, opened up the Gospel to the Gentile world, all according to the Grace of the Cross. However, on a personal basis, the story of Cornelius affords us a great look into the Gospel and its reception. The Scriptures say many wonderful things about Cornelius; but yet, despite those wonderful things, he was still unsaved. The Scripture says this about him:
1. He was “a devout man”: This means he was a moral man.
2. “He feared God with all his house”: Despite the fact of being a Gentile, he recognized there was a God, and feared Him greatly.
3. “He gave much alms to the people”: He was generous with his money, helping the poor, etc.
4. “He prayed to God always”: While wondrously commendable, still, Cornelius wasn’t saved.
5. “He had a Vision which definitely was from the Lord”: What a wonderful experience, but yet, still, he wasn’t saved.
6. In the Vision, he saw “an Angel of God”: This presented an experience of unprecedented proportions, but still he was unsaved.
7. The Angel told him that his “prayers and alms had come up for a memorial before God”: This means the Lord had noted everything that Cornelius had done and was doing, and was extremely favorable toward this Gentile. But yet, Cornelius was unsaved.
Most all of the world, even a great segment of the modern Church, would automatically conclude this man to be saved. But despite all these wonderful things happening to him, and despite his efforts at morality, he still was unsaved.
Why didn’t those things save him?
Salvation only comes one way, and that is by and through the Message of the Lord Jesus Christ, and what He has done for us at the Cross, and our Faith in that Finished Work.
Peter said, “Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
To the inquiry of the Philippian jailer, Paul said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house” (Acts 16:31).
Peter, and those who were with him, came to the house of Cornelius and began to minister to those who were gathered; when he came to the place in his message where he said, “To Him (Jesus) give all the Prophets witness, that through His Name whosoever believes in Him shall receive remission of sins,” evidently Cornelius and those in the house instantly believed, because “the Holy Spirit fell on all them which heard the Word” (Acts 10:43–44).
All of this simply means that there is no way that one can be saved except by accepting Jesus Christ as one’s Saviour and Lord (Johnn. 3:16). It must be understood that it is Jesus Christ Who died on the Cross, thereby paying the price for man’s sins, thereby satisfying the demands of a thrice-Holy God. No other did that, only Jesus; consequently, it is in Him that one must believe, or else one cannot be saved, whether they are Jew or Gentile (John. 3:16).
What was just stated, the world does not like! As Cain, they desire to effect their own Salvation; then they demand that God accept it. He won’t! It is Christ, Christ Alone, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
John. 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Reader, are you merely a Pew Sitter, a Sunday Christian?
Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
Revelation 20:15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Revelation 22:19 “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
If you go to the store to buy Meat, don't run to the Milk section or the Junk Food aisle looking for it!!
The Meat Section is the True Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Milk Section is likened to those who will not preach on sin and Hell, just a feel good message, the Social gospel.
The Junk Food Isle is the outright false doctrine AKA the prosperity gospel, name it and claim it, the Hebraic Roots movement and other false teachings!!
Feasting on just Milk and Junk will eventually cause you great harm, you can count on it!!
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