Euphoria or Truly Saved
By Dennis Huebshman
Euphoria – feeling of well-being or elation; intense excitement and happiness (momentary or short-lived).
Save – to deliver from sin; to rescue or deliver from danger or harm; to preserve or guard from injury, destruction or loss (more permanent). (emphasis mine)
John 1: 9-14, “The true light which enlightens everyone was coming into the world. (10) He was in the world, and the world was made through Him; yet the world did not know Him. (11) He came to His own people (Jews), and His own people did not receive Him. (12) But to all (everyone) who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. (13) Who were born not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God. (14) And the word (Jesus) became flesh (fully man) and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory; glory as of the only Son from the Father (fully God), full of grace and truth.”
John 16:68-69, “Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, (69) and we have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God” (Messiah)
What is the purpose of this message? Hebrews 6:4-6, “For it is impossible in the case of those who have been enlightened (made aware), who have tasted the heavenly gift and have shared in the Holy Spirit (momentary euphoria), (5) and have tasted the goodness of the Word of God, and the powers of the age to come (6) and then have fallen away (never truly accepted Jesus) to restore them again to repentance since they are crucifying once again, the Son of God to their own harm, and holding Him up to contempt”.
Think of the above as someone attending a Billy Graham revival crusade, and they hear the true word about the Savior. Then, George Beverly Shea comes out singing very emotional and inspirational songs. There is an altar call, and thousands make their way to the center of the field to “be saved”. The feeling of the moment is one of happiness and joy, and to be sharing good wishes with all those around them It’s like some of the “stage productions” being used as “sermons” in many churches today, to get people emotionally inspired, but not biblically entrenched. They’re designed to cause people to want to return the next meeting time to be “lifted up” emotionally again.
For a day or so, the feeling remains, but there’s a shadow that begins to creep in. Old friends begin to call, and your mind returns slowly (or maybe even rapidly) back to the things that were “important” before the Crusade. Satan plants pictures in your mind of all the worldly things that you are missing out on, and you begin to get the feeling anything Christian is foolishness. It gets easier and easier to continue the downward spiral, and soon you’re right back in all the old ways. Your heart had a “feeling” about Jesus, but not enough to “truly repent”; sincerely call on Him to forgive your sins, and be your eternal Savior. (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:9-13). The “belief” was momentary and never made permanent.
Jesus addresses this in John 6:25-29, “When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, Rabbi, when did you come here? (26) Jesus answered them, truly, truly I say to you; you are seeking me not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves (over 5000 fed). (27) Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man (Jesus) will give you. (It’s a free gift that can not be purchased or earned) For on Him, God the Father has set His seal. (28) Then they said to Him, what must we do to be doing the works of God? (29 and most important) Jesus answered them, this is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
Those who truly “received” and “accepted” Jesus as their Savior, will be His forever, which still applies today. Those who only reacted to the miracles, but never believed Him to be the only sacrifice we could have, will be separated from Him forever. The Pharisees witnessed many of His signs and wonders, but only a couple actually believed He was the Son of God who came to rescue us from our sin.
Once truly saved; always saved. John 10:27-30, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (28) I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hands. (29) My Father, who has given them to Me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. (30) I and the Father are One!” Remember, when we have Jesus as our Savior, we have the Holy Spirit living within us. Yes, we are still subject to sin as all humans are (Romans 3:23), but we have a pathway to forgiveness in 1 John 1:8-10 that the secular world does not have. To the world, Jesus is not their Lord by their own choice, and they are lost.
What can separate a believer from Jesus? Paul says it best in Romans 8:38-39, “ For I am sure that neither death, nor life; nor angels nor rulers; nor things present, nor to come; nor powers, (39) nor height nor depth; nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus, Our Lord.” I believe this covers just about every scenario a believer will face once they have Jesus in their heart.
In this day and age, false prophets and antichrists are abounding, just as the Bible said they would be. We are also warned that those who are believers, will not keep on sinning as a “practice”, and all who do not practice righteousness is of the devil, not God. (1 John 3:9-10) For one to “slip” and sin is not a sign of regular practice We will know we have sinned, and will not be comfortable until we confess our sin and ask His forgiveness. The only unforgivable sin is to not accept Jesus as our Savior, which is also denying the Father. (1 John 5)
It is unfortunate that there will be more people at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15), than at the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). There will be more than one judgment for believers from the different eras (pre-calvary; Rapture; post tribulation and post Millennium), but only one for all unbelievers and the lost from the beginning of earth’s time to the very end of the Millennium.
The antichrist and false prophet will be the first occupants of the Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20) followed by satan one thousand years later (Revelation 20:10). This place of eternal torment was made specifically for satan and his demons (Matthew 25:41), and after the White Throne, all those who chose him over Christ; either voluntarily, or by their actions. This is the “destruction” spoken of that the “broad path” leads to. (Matthew 7:13-14)
False prophets tell you there are many ways to heaven, and we all worship the same “god”. John 14:6 dispels this lie with, “Jesus said I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by Me.” Thing is, there are people who don’t believe in Jesus, but that doesn’t make Him any less real. Also, there’s no relief from the Hell fires as it’s eternal for all the lost. Heaven is eternal for all the true saved believers, and there are no other options available. Two choices, and each is completely up to each individual, and each is eternal.
Satan is saying there is plenty of time, and “Did God Really Say?”. He’s the master of lies, and hates anything that pertains to the Savior. Euphoria or truly saved. It’s evident by your actions.
Talk to the Savior; ask His forgiveness; and ask to have the Holy Spirit sent to live within you. Read His love-letter regularly (Bible). He provided this so we can all have the same message from the Father. Talk to Him regularly as well (prayer), as He loves to hear from us. Even though He already knows what we need, like any parent He likes to be asked anyway.
This may seem unnatural at first, but as time goes by, and your relationship with the Savior deepens, it gets much easier. If I don’t get into His word daily, I feel something is missing. It has become comfortable for me over the years to speak to the Father and Savior about everything.
The time will soon be here that’s spoken of in 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. This will be the calling “up” of all true believers to meet the Lord in the air in the “twinkling” of any eye, to avoid going through the Wrath (Tribulation) that is also coming. For those who say this is foolishness, that 7-year period will be worse than anything they will have experienced previously. By the way, there will be a shout and a trumpet blast, but all will be over in less than one second. And yes, God is able to do this.
Call out to Jesus today; tomorrow could be too late. He’s never too busy to welcome a new believer, and all the Angels rejoice when a soul is saved.
Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus!