They are the aristocracy of the damned – and seem to be a prophetic archetype of Ezekiel’s “Gog.” In the Old Testament, there are many references to a mysterious race known in the ancient past as the “Rephaim.” An examination of several scriptural references reveals some amazing things, and significantly adds to the understanding of prophecy. Ancient writings from the Middle East, as well as the Bible itself, have long identified them as inhabitants of the underworld. They are described as the departed spirits of the dead. Furthermore, though they may be dissipated in strength in their present state, they appear to be conscious and in possession of knowledge about their existing condition. They are also the recipients of some of God’s most severe judgments. But defining them is not as simple as it may first appear, because there are also numerous references to living members of the Rephaim. Perhaps the most ancient mention of this strange “people” is found in Job 26, where Job contributes to a discussion about the wicked dead …
“Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof. Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering” (Job 26:5-6).
Here, the word “dead” is the Hebrew “rephaim”, not the ordinary word for the dead, which is “mooth.” These are not the dead in the ordinary sense, but the unredeemed in the underworld. The Rephaim are repeatedly presented in scripture as being beyond redemption. In fact, they seem to have done something that is especially displeasing to God. They are singled out for a special judgment. Another example of rephaim as the word “dead” is seen in Proverbs 21:16 …
“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead” (Proverbs 21:16).
Here, we are given a picture of an assembly of individuals beyond the grave. They appear to be gathered into some sort of group. As we shall see, they are also conscious of their own existence and situation. Their strange congregation stands as a grisly warning to the man or woman whose feet take him away from the path of righteousness. The Rephaim are the lost in the world of the dead. This assessment of the Rephaim is consistent and powerfully presented throughout the Bible. Perhaps the best example is to be found in a remarkable passage in Isaiah 14. This significant chapter describes the fall of Babylon and it’s king, then proceeds to the fall of Lucifer. He is seen as the power behind Babylon’s throne. Verses 12-14 detail the reason for Lucifer’s fall from grace, in which he finally proclaims in verse 14, “I will be like the most High.”
His open proclomation of rebellion is followed by God’s assessment of this brazen opportunist’s situation in verse 15: “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit”
The Leaders of the Dead
What makes this historical event so interesting in the light of this study is it’s proximity to a further reference concerning the Raphaim. Just prior to the passage describing Lucifer’s fall is another compelling allusion to this peculiar group of the unredeemed dead. Verses 9 through 11 record a bizarre reception committee as the king of Babylon descends into the realm of the damned …
“Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee” (Isaiah 14:9-11).
Here we see a gloomy, even horrifying procession of the unredeemed as they descend from Babylon into Hell. They are met by the “dead” – once again the Rephaim – who are
here called the leaders of the earth. Apparently, there is something of a hierarchy in hell, whose chief members were once the close henchmen of Satan. They were the possessors of great power. But now, they speak of having become “weak.” This is particularly interesting because their name originates from raphah, a word root that can indicate “feebleness” or “weakness.” Isaiah 26 is a song about Israel in the kingdom after the nation has been lifted up and resurrected to new life. But significantly, there is one group whom Isaiah says will never see resurrection. They are the Rephaim, translated as “dead” in Isaiah 26:14 …
“They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish” (Isaiah 26:14). The horrible plight of the Rephaim begs the question, “What could they have done to deserve such a horrible fate?” As we shall see, it was something quite monstrous indeed.
New Testament References to the Fallen
It is quite possible that there are a number of New Testament references to this evil group. For example, in 1 Peter 3:18-19, we find mentioned a congregation of the underworld who were singled out by Christ after his resurrection …
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison” (1 Peter 3:18-19).
Having completed his work of redemption upon the cross, the Lord broke through the stygian gloom of deepest Hades to proclaim his victory. No doubt, his message was most acutely aimed at the evil leaders of the revolutionary movement. Those to whom he spoke were incarcerated, though some evil spirits (the “principalities … powers … rulers of the darkness … “ of Ephesians 6:12 seem free to torment humanity. They are a hierarchy of dark spiritual forces who roam the earth. But there is group which has been locked away through several millennia. Who are these imprisoned spirits? The Bible gives several clues to their identity and the reasons for their confinement. No doubt, they’re still there, awaiting the day when the Lord will deliver them to their eternal fate: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14). As previously stated, there seems to be a special caste of condemned spirits in Hades. Perhaps they might be termed “ringleaders,” or the avante garde of great rebellion who joined in when Satan attempted to wrest the control of Heaven from God. This fact, coupled with their name, makes it possible to identify them. Jude mentioned them in verse 6 of his epistle …
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 6).
These ancient residents of Heaven must have been proud, powerful and as deeply deceived as their leader. If, as seems to be the case, that Heaven has hierarchies of power, these must have been those close to the upper levels – close to Lucifer himself. In Ezekiel 28:16, Satan is described before his fall as having been a “covering cherub.” In other words, he was once one of the watchers assigned to duty at God’s very throne. He existed at the very top of God’s chain of command. The throng of angels who followed him must have included many of those in Heaven’s most respected positions. From their lofty positions, they made a wrong decision of colossal proportions. Peter further defines the group when he mentions them in 2 Peter 2:4-5 …
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly” (2 Peter 2:4-5).
In these verses, the word “Hell” is translated from the Greek tartarus (from tartaroo, or gloomy prison). It indicates the deepest, darkest and most secure portion of Hades. These imprisoned creatures were once the royalty of Heaven. But they chose to follow the false promises of Satan. Once the elite of the revolution, they are now designated for special punishment. More than that, they are identified with Noah, as well as all those of the ancient world before the flood, who were destroyed in a massive demonstration of God’s power in judgment.
The Giants of the Ancient World
And here, the story begins to get interesting, because some of those rebellious angels mentioned by Peter and Jude are also implicated in the horrific perversions that led to the destruction of the world in the great flood of Noah’s day. Their story is told in Genesis 6:4-5 …
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:4-5).
Here, the “sons of God” are the b’ nai elohim. Over the years, it has been greatly debated whether or not these are human beings. Many have said that they are the sons of Seth. But in the final analysis, we find that the term b’ nai elohim is used several times in the Old Testament. In virtually all of it’s usages, the obvious reference is to God’s angelic creation (See Job 1:6/Job 2:1/Job 38:7/Daniel 3:25/Psalms 29:1/Psalm 89:6). Most expositors have concluded that these are fallen angels, the same as those whom Jude mentions as having left their first estate. More importantly, when we look at the result of their infraction, it becomes more than obvious that they were those corrupted angels. They literally took human women as mates, resulting in a monstrous progeny that was totally committed to wicked behavior. Their offspring are called “giants.” But this word is translated from the Hebrew word nephilim, meaning “the fallen ones.” Why then are they called “giants?” Most likely, it is because the ancient Greek translations of the Hebrew Torah translated this and other references to these monstrous perversions of humanity as “giants,” from the Greek gigantes. In fact, the evidence is strong that they really were giants. More than that, they seem to have displayed the superhuman powers that gave rise to the ancient legends of demigods. In the first century, Josephus wrote (Antiquities I, III, I) that “… many angels of God accompanied with women, and begat sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength, for the tradition is that these men did what resembled the acts of those whom the Grecians call giants.” Those even slightly familiar with ancient Greek mythology will shudder at the implications of this statement. Those ancient tales are fraught with perverse combinations of men and beasts. They tell of demigods whose powers were used capriciously to torture and enslave humanity. They reek of incestuous, occultic and twisted stories of power gone awry – of “gods” who took lives at a whim. They were characterized by evil thoughts acted out in an orgiastic nightmare of abused power. Greek mythology is one continuous horror story, peopled with beasts and monsters of every description. But Genesis refers to them simply as “giants.” A giant then, is some kind of perversion of that which is natural, originally designed by God to live in peace upon the earth. In fact, the ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament – called the Septuagint – refers not only to the Nephilim, but also to the Rephaim as “giants.” But in English translations, this connection is, for the most part, lost. Instead, we find the use of the proper name, Rephaim.
The Rephaim Were Giants
It is remarkable that the Rephaim are also mentioned in the Bible as real, living, historical beings. In fact, they were residents in the territory of modern Jordan and Syria, in the land that lies generally east of the Sea of Galilee. They lived in proximity with two other groups of giants, called “Emim” and “Zamzummin,” or Zuzim.” In the ancient world, all of them were referred to generically as “giants.” Genesis 14:5 mentions them in conjunction with Abraham’s move to the promised land …
“And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emins in Shaveh Kiriathaim” (Genesis 14:5).
To this day, ruins may be found in this region that are of gigantic proportion. Here, and northward into Syria and Lebanon, there are the remains of ancient buildings and temples that stagger the imagination. For example, the ruins of Baalbek, in Lebanon’s Beqa’ Valley are so massive that some have suggested that they could not be duplicated, even using modern building techniques. On the Acropolis of Baalbek stood a temple dedicated to the storm god Hadad. It was 60 feet wide and 290 feet long, surrounded by 19 columns, each 62 feet high and over seven feet in diameter. But it’s flooring stones – still intact – are each larger than a modern railroad boxcar. No one can imagine how they were moved into place. There are many other ancient examples of outsized ancient structures in the Middle East. We should not be surprised by their existence. Many
times the early Israelites encountered people that they called “giants.” Even later, when Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt into the promised land, giants were seen. Perhaps the most famous incident is in Numbers 13, in which a twelve man
reconnaissance party is sent in to spy out the land. Ten of the twelve men are so frightened by the presence of giants that they declined to enter the land again …
“And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” (Numbers 13:32-33).
In early Hebrew manuscripts, these giants are called the “Nephilim,” and were apparently thought by the spies to be descendants of a long line of these creatures, whom we first read about in the days before the flood of Noah. But if the pre-flood world, with the exception of Noah’s family, was entirely destroyed, how did the evil giants survive? Here, we can only speculate. But it seems likely that the lineage of the Nephilim, Emim, Zamzummim and Rephaim were somehow restarted even in the days after the flood. One thing we know: after the flood their behavior was continually evil, just like that of the pre-flood Nephilim. The strong suggestion is that humanity’s interaction with the evil spirits of ancient paganism is capable of disrupting man’s genetic heritage. The result seems to be a monstrous offspring. Still another branch of the Rephaim went by the name of “Anakim.” We see them in Deuteronomy 2:10-11, where Moab is described as their area of habitation …
“The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims” (Deuteronomy 2:10-11).
Here, the word “giants” is once again the Hebrew word Rephaim. They were an abnormal race. All of them seem to have been hated and feared by normal men. God sanctioned their destruction and eventually their lineage entirely disappeared. Even the Zamzummims were a subclass of the Rephaim. Deuteronomy 2:20-21 mentions their destruction from the land of Amman, while at the same time, designating their origins …
“(That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the Lorddestroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead) (Deuteronomy 2:20-21).
As can be seen from the various scriptures that have been quoted, the Rephaim existed in Moses’ day. The Lord even commissioned him to wipe out the last of their race.
Og, Last of the Rephaim
Prior to their entry into the promised land, Moses led the Israelites on a military campaign northward through Moab. Ammon and Bashan, lands today known as Jordan and Syria. His conquests were concluded with the defeat of Og, King of Bashan. Deuteronomy 3:11 describes him …
“For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man” (Deuteronomy 3:11).
Depending upon the length of the cubit used here, Og’s bed was between 13.5 and 16.5 feet in length. He was truly a monster. But that’s not all. Og was in the bloodline of the Rephaim. In fact, he was the last of the evil line. Joshua 13:12 punctuates this fact …
“All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast them out” (Joshua 13:12).
Moses, Israel’s great deliverer, was himself responsible for the demise of the Rephaim.
True, other giants arose after this period. Probably the best example is Goliath of Gath,
during the lifetime of David. But the period of dominant cultures of giants ended with Og. The living Rephaim like their namesakes who wander in the congregation of the damned, seem to be the product of a dark and evil system that lies hidden in the history of humanity. Among the Jews, it is even taught that some of the Nephilim survived the flood of Noah, and that Og was the last of their lineage. This is certainly not borne out in scripture, but there does seem to be a dark spiritual connection between Og and those monstrous predecessors.
Gog, The Spirit of Evil
The link between the living and the dead, Rephaim seems to fall upon the fact that they are both tied to the activities of fallen angels. But this study would not be complete without adding that the name of Og, king of Bashan, seems to ring out across the ages like some gigantic gong. He is marked to call attention to an amazing fact. In Hebrew, the name of Og is spelled in such a way that it can be – and indeed, probably was – pronounced “Gog!” The first letter of the name “og” is an ayin. Originally, this letter was pronounced with a gutteral “g” sounds: gayin. Therefore, his name would originally have been pronounced “Gog.” Further examples of this grammatical fact are a couple of familiar Hebrew place names: Gaza and Gomorrah. Gaza begins with an ayin, which produces it’s characteristic “g” sound. Likewise, Gomorrah starts with the same letter and is, to this day, pronounced with a hard “g” sound. To Og, (should we say Gog?), king of Bashan, is reserved a special sort of infamy. He is the last of a monstrous and perverted line that bears the name of a specially-recognized congregation of the underworld called Hades. Living or dead, the Rephaim are destined for judgment. Perhaps Og is languishing among the unredeemed dead in Hades to this day. He was the last of the living Rephaim. Perhaps the pronunciation of his name – Gog – tells us that he was also the archetype of a particular type of corruption. The name “Gog” (though spelled differently, it would have been pronounced roughly the same way) appears again in Ezekiel 39:2, one of two passages (Ezekiel 38 & 39) that describe a last days war commonly called the Gog/Magog war that will occur referring to the beginning of World War 3 involving Russia and it’s allies …
“Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the LORD God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal” (Ezekiel 39:2).
Here, the last-days enemy that most identify as Russia is given the dark designation, “Gog.” Linguistic experts have long attempted to explain why a Russian leader is given this name. It seemingly bears no connection to any other word.
Probably, it’s simply a title for evil perversity. In the very far future, this malignant title will be resurrected once again. We see a very graphic picture of this in Revelation 20:7-8 …
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea” (Revelation 20:7-8).
This is the final, depraved rebellion, once again engineered by Satan. After a thousand years of Messianic peace, he causes trouble once again after being loosed from the bottomless pit where he was bound after the second coming of Christ. Doubtless, he will be accompanied by a myriad of evil forces from on high. And one final time, Gog will go forth in the spirit of the Rephaim. It is a dark spirit, a spirit of rebellion toward God. As Samuel told Saul, “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft …” (1 Samuel 15:23). When he said that, he drew a connection between the fall of man and the dark occultic forces that so characterize the work of Satan. The ancient angelic rebellion once led by Lucifer, brought not light, but darkness; not a race of beautiful super-beings, but a hideous group of malformed monsters – the Rephaim.
As mentioned earlier in this article, Proverbs 21:16 gives a frightening statement that upon death, the unsaved person who dies lost will be met in the afterlife by these demonic creatures called the Rephaim …
“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead” (Proverbs 21:16).
While it is debatable that these creatures will actually torment damned people upon their arrival, it is clear that lost humanity will abide in the same place as the Rephaim. In Isaiah 4-10, we see a verbal communication happening between the King of Babylon and the Rephaim upon the King’s descent into Hell after death.
“That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth. The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
By extension, this may mean or be a clue that actual torment of these creatures upon lost humanity will occur along with all of the other horrors of Hell that the lost will endure. Either way, it is a place that one does not want to end up in after our short sojourn here on earth is over. If you’re reading this and you have not believed and received Christ as your savior, you are in eternal danger of going to this place regardless of what any University or the increasingly insane culture of modernism has taught you. If you’re still reading and interested in knowing your way of escape from this eternal nightmare, keep on reading.
THE WAY OUT AND YOU
In order to accept the offer of God’s grace and his salvation, you must take the crucial three steps of
1. Agreeing – A belief and agreeing with God in all that he says in his word, the Bible, about the fact that you are separated from God, as every man and woman on the face of the earth are before accepting his salvation. The Bible reveals that all are separated from him in a spiritual state of death, or in another way that the Bible puts it, in a state of sin, that will result in eternal damnation. Agreeing with God in your heart that you are in need of his salvation. The Bible reveals that God looks upon the heart of a man, and thus, responds accordingly to the man or woman who comes to him for salvation in recognition of his inability to save himself. The Bible makes these facts very clear – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The Bible describes these three kinds of death: physical death (the state experienced when life leaves our bodies); spiritual death (spiritual separation from God caused by our state of spiritual death, or state of sin that results in outward acts of sin on a daily basis as the Bible also puts it – the state of sin is received from the first man Adam); and finally eternal death (the fixed state entered into by the individual who dies physically while he or she is dead spiritually). It is eternal death, in particular, which is the horrible result of receiving the wages of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ frequently described such a death as being eternal (without end) in a destiny which he called Hell. He described Hell as a literal place of judgment (Matthew 13:42); a place of everlasting fire (Matthew 18:8); a place of torment (Luke 16:24,28); a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50); a place of remorse (Mark 9:44-48); of bitter memory (Luke 16:25), and a place originally prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). In fact, Jesus more often warned about Hell than he spoke about Heaven. It is not God’s will or desire that any person should be consigned to perish in Hell (2 Peter 3:9), but rather that all should come to repentance of unbelief toward him and believe on him for the salvation of the individual’s soul. But God’s justice requires that the “soul who sins” (remains in it’s state of death or state of sin) is the one who will die eternally (Ezekiel 18:4). So, agree with God, admitting that you are unable to save yourself and in a state of sin under God’s just condemnation for that sin and that you are in need of his salvation.
2. Believing – Then, believe that God does not want you to perish eternally in the torment of Hell because of your sin. Believe that God loves you so much that he provided a way whereby he could still be a just, holy and righteous God, and yet pardon you. Believe that God did not just overlook sin, but that he sent his only begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to provide salvation by personally paying the penalty for sin. Believe that Jesus Christ, whose life, death, burial and resurrection is the best-attested fact of antiquity, did come to earth to live, die, rise again and ascend to Heaven in order to provide justification and salvation for all who trust him. Believe that he, and he alone, can save you because he has fully satisfied the just demands of God. Believe that you can’t become righteous in God’s sight by your own effort. Believe that he wants to save you and that he will save you. The Bible provides a solid basis for such belief …
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
“But God demonstrates his love toward us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
God presented him (Jesus Christ) as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies the man or woman who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3:25-26).
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures … ” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
“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).
“Jesus answered, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out [drive away]” (John 6:37).
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
3. Calling – It is not enough to agree with God, admit your need, and believe that Christ can and will save you. You must act upon those facts. You must repent of the sin of your unbelief toward him and actively call upon him for the salvation of your soul based on the fact that you cannot save yourself because of your sins. You must be willing to completely turn from your own efforts to save yourself or from any other hope. You must come to Christ, calling upon him for salvation and counting on the fact that he will do what he has promised. This means simply taking the gift of pardon and eternal life which he offers. Merely believing about Jesus Christ without coming to him makes as much sense and is as effective as believing that a medication can successfully treat a fatal disease, but failing to take it. Yet again, the Bible emphatically and authoritatively provides the basis for such statements:
“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 3:18).
The word translated “believe” here means to “rest one’s entire weight and trust on the object or person in which the belief is placed.” It requires action in keeping with the intellectual assent of that belief.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
” … but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
The logical question you may be asking at this point is: “how do I come to Christ and call upon him?” The answer is that “calling upon the Lord” is just another term for praying, or talking to God. To talk to God is not a complicated process, dependent upon some special rituals. God has invited people to approach him through his Son in simple, straightforward terms. In fact, Jesus approved of the dishonest, despised tax collector who simply prayed, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” While the exact words of your prayer to God are not of vital importance (since God sees and knows the attitude of your heart), the following is the kind of prayer that you could pray in calling upon God for salvation …
“Dear Lord Jesus: I realize that I need you. I admit that I have sinned and that I deserve your just, eternal punishment for that sin. But I am sorry for my sin and I am turning to you and asking for forgiveness. I believe that you died and rose again to pay sin’s penalty on my behalf. I come to you and open my heart to you. I ask you to come into my life, forgive me for all of my sin and make me your child. I invite you to take control of my life and to cause me to be the kind of person you would have me to be. I thank you for doing this because you have promised that whosoever calls upon you, as I am doing now, shall be saved. I pray this in the name of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, I urge you to sincerely and genuinely express it to God as your prayer. The Bible makes clear that when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in our heart, God forgives our sins and counts us righteous, and that when we openly confess with our mouth what we have done in our heart, God gives us assurance of that salvation (Romans 10:9-10).
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:3-7).
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