What is the Difference Between the Saved and Lost?
SAVED AND LOST?
The difference is represented ultimately by Heaven and hell. Heaven is the eternal abiding place of the saved, and hell is the eternal abiding place of the lost. It is impossible for anyone to read the Bible without seeing this distinction; and it is impossible for a minister faithful to the Word of God to preach without maintaining this distinction and keeping it constantly before the people. To be saved means to become a child of God and to be born again.
To be lost means to continue in sin and to die without faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible is the Book of salvation. The whole purpose of the Bible is to bring to man the message of God, the Gospel of salvation, which will gave his soul and give him the treasure of everlasting life. Everlasting life is a possession of those who have been saved. Eternal damnation is the estate of those who are lost.
To be lost, to continue in an estate of being lost, man needs to do nothing--absolutely nothing. To be saved and, to receive the gift of everlasting life, it is necessary for men to accept by faith the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
This decision is an act of faith, and faith is a gift of God. TEXTS FROM THE B113LE WHICH EMPHASIZE BEING LOST, AND DYING AND PERISHING, INCLUDE:
The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. - Luke 19:10. He that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on -him. John 3:36.
God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not -believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. -- John, 3:17, 18.
What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lost his own soul? Matthew 16:26.
Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. -Luke 13:3.
TEXTS FROM THE BIBLE WHICH EMPHASIZE BRING SAVED, AND SALVATION, INCLUDE:
What must I do to be saved?.. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be: saved, and thy house, - Acts 16:30, 31.
Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. - Romans 10:13.
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.
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation? - Hebrews 2:3.
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.--2 Corinthians 6:2.
God hath not appointed us to wrath: but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Thessalonians 5:9.
If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the -Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. - Romans 10:9.
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. -, Psalm 34:18.
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. Ephesians 2:8, 9.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us. - Titus 3:5.
The preaching of -the crow is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. - 1 Corinthians 1 :18.
There is a difference between being saved and being lost, and, when this difference is recognized and seen to be one which is real and even eternal, the greatest single decision which can be made by any human being is that of accepting Jesus Christ and becoming saved.
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" is an invitation which is real and genuine, offered by God to you. The decision to acknowledge this difference and to pass from death into life is one which may he made at this very instant, for the Bible says:
"The word is nigh, thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from' the dead, thou shalt be saved' (Rom. 10:8, 9).
20TH CENTURY REFORMATION HOUR
Rev. Carl McIntire, D.D., Director
COLLINGSWOOD NEW JERSEY