Receiving Salvation Guaranteed
By A.J. Hemstrought
By the end of this message, if you listen and hear the words I’m saying, you will have salvation — guaranteed!
I’ve been asked this question and I’ve asked it myself: with all this focus on the Holy Ghost, where does that leave salvation or the salvation message? To which I say, it leaves it solidly in the scriptures.
If you want to have real salvation, it’s going to be solidly based in the scriptures, right? And over and over we see that we are to “Believe on Jesus, and receive the Holy Ghost.”
I will be saying this many, many times: believe on Jesus, receive the Holy Ghost. If you do that — believe on Jesus and receive the Holy Ghost — then you’re scriptural in your salvation.
This is how you get saved. This is how you get saved right — the right way. And this is how you know you’re saved.
It’s not a feeling. Salvation is not a feeling — it’s a belief. It’s believing something and receiving Someone. We’re going to believe on Jesus and receive the Holy Ghost.
We are never told to receive Jesus into our hearts.
We are never told to receive Jesus into our hearts. I’m going to show you this from the scriptures, and if the scriptures are right, then maybe what you’ve been believing or have heard preached was not right.
We are told repeatedly in scripture to believe on Jesus — what he did for us and where he is right now (in heaven at the Father’s right hand) — and then we are told to receive the Holy Ghost. Why would that be? Because Jesus is in heaven at the Father’s right hand, and the Holy Ghost is God in the earth today. We receive him. We believe on Jesus and receive the Holy Ghost.
I’m going to show you the right way to get saved. Wouldn’t it be good to get saved in the right way and start off on the right foot, not on a messed up religious footing? This is not the die-and-go-to-heaven gospel you’ve probably already heard. In my estimation, that is a defeatist gospel — to die and go to heaven. You’re already defeated if you started out that way. If that is your end goal — to die and go to heaven? well, that’s just sad and fear-based.
Have you ever heard people try to get others scared? “Oh, you‘ll go to hell if you don’t get saved here tonight.” Or, “If you don’t know for a fact that you if died right now you would go to heaven…” That’s not preaching faith, that’s preaching fear. It’s not necessarily wrong (what they’re saying) but preaching should generate faith in the hearer. (Romans 10:17)
I’m not saying that you won’t go to heaven if you were to die tonight; but if that’s the goal you’re setting, and that’s what the “getting saved” your preaching is talking about… then it’s defeatist at best and it’s religious at worse. Why do I say that? Because it provides nothing for you in this life.
It’s also why you have so many Christians that hold to “that kind of a gospel” and look down their noses at anyone who tries to believe for anything in this life. Yet, we’re supposed to walk with the Living God who gives us richly all things to enjoy. (1Timothy 6:17)
We, in fact, serve a Living God. he is alive and with us in the earth today. Yes, if you do happen to die and believe this gospel I’m preaching you will certainly go to heaven — but that’s not the point! That’s not the goal! By the end of this message, if you listen and hear the words I’m saying, you will have salvation guaranteed.
Anyone can do it. It’s not complicated. This is for whosoever will. I will be saying words tonight that, if you hear them and believe them, you will have them.
Have you ever heard this before? “Every head bowed, every eye closed” and you need to raise your hand then come down to the altar and pray the prayer; if not, you won’t be saved. That’s not in the bible. I’m going to show you what is in this bible, and how you can have guaranteed salvation. In fact, by the end of this message tonight, if you’ll listen and hear, you will have salvation.
Salvation is much more than just going to heaven when you die; it includes a lot of other benefits as well. It certainly does include remission of sins — meaning your sins are forgiven and you have heaven as a future eternal home — it includes all of those things.
So what’s the real point, the real goal, to getting saved? What are you saved unto? I’ve asked myself this question a lot, because it seems to me that people were getting saved, but they weren’t getting saved unto the right thing; and I’ll tell you why: they don’t know what the right thing is, so they can’t have the right goal to get saved unto. But you answer that and it leads you to the proper process of getting saved.
Salvation is important, but what are you saved unto is equally so. If the whole point of salvation is just for you die and go to heaven, well, then I think you missed it.
You’re saved into fellowship with the Holy Ghost.
Are you ready for this? You’re saved into fellowship with the Holy Ghost. We believe on Jesus, but we get saved into fellowship with the Holy Ghost. Believe on Jesus, receive the Holy Ghost.
What should be the goal then? Receiving the Holy Ghost and being in fellowship with the Holy Ghost. You get cleaned up by what Jesus did, and you become a living, breathing, speaking temple of God — that’s the goal; and if we start with the goal, we’ll have the right steps, in the right process, to get us there.
The fact is, you get to meet and know the Holy Ghost. That’s the goal, that’s the point. That’s the point of salvation, that’s the goal of salvation.
I’ve got some things to say, that are going to feel really good — I can tell when I get ready to say them — but they’ll come later on, so get ready.
That’s the goal, that’s the point. What is? Meeting the Holy Ghost, knowing the Holy Ghost — not dying and going to heaven; that’s an afterthought, that’s just “I’m sorry you died, but you got to go to heaven.” You get to meet and know the Holy Ghost, and walk with him, and be changed from glory to glory to glory to glory.
Salvation. The point, and destination, and goal of salvation is knowing and walking with the Holy Ghost. Salvation is knowing and walking with the Holy Ghost!
Salvation is knowing and walking with the Holy Ghost.
I’d like to see people getting saved the right way and getting saved unto the right thing. What’s the right thing? Meeting and knowing the Holy Ghost, and walking with him as God in the earth today.
Ephesians chapter 1, and let’s look at verse 13. “In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed…” Who did they believe on? That would have been Jesus, “after you believed you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” Who is the promise in this verse? The Holy Ghost.
The goal of salvation is to complete and have the promise; after you believed, you received the promise. Who do we believe on? Jesus. “You were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,” which means you received the Holy Spirit of promise. Who’s the promise? Jesus? No! You read that verse wrong — it’s the Holy Ghost. What’s the promise of your salvation? A relationship with Jesus? No, a relationship with the Holy Ghost.
If I get saved the right way, I’m ready to receive the promise; the promise of my salvation.
Acts chapter 2 verse 38: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus christ for the remiss for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost for the promise is unto you…” Who was the promise unto those who believed on Jesus? The Holy Ghost! They received the Holy Ghost.
Here the Holy Ghost said he is the promise, so he the Holy Ghost is the promise of salvation. Do you have a problem with that? If you do, you have a problem with the word.
He the Holy Ghost is the promise, he the Holy Ghost is the destination — and that includes all of the promises, because “all of the promises in him are yes and amen.” (2 Cor. 1:20). So salvation is him the promise, and it includes healing, deliverance, prosperity, soundness of mind, and youth renewal (just to name a few) and who do those come through the promise — who is the Holy Ghost, who is the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. He is the destination, he is the point.
If you got saved into anything else, or unto anything else, then you’re missing so much and I feel sad for you; and after all of that if you happen to die, guess where you go? To heaven — you just go there better off.
First Thessalonians chapter 1 and verse 9: “For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” Now here it says they turn to God from idols; what does that mean? There’s another word, I’m going to bring it out here: what does it mean when you turn from idols to God? You turn around. What is the word for that? What’s the bible word for that? Repent. Repent; that’s what repent means, you turn away from something and you turn to something else — that’s repenting; you’re repenting from the thing that you’re turning from.
Here it says you’re turning from idols to God to serve the true and living God. Who is the true and living God, by the way? The Holy Ghost, he’s the true and living God in the earth today. Who does this say that they turned to? Did they turn to Jesus? No. Who did they end up serving? The true and living God — The Holy Ghost, the true and living God.
So, real salvation. Yes, you turn from your sins, but then you turn to and serve the true and living God — that’s the goal of your salvation, that’s the point. Who are you turning towards? The Holy Ghost. You turn from your sin to him.
he the Holy Ghost is the author of the word, that you must believe. 2nd Peter chapter 1 verse 21: “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” These scriptures were spoken by the Holy Ghost; he the Holy Ghost is the author of the word. You must believe to get saved that he, the Holy Ghost, is the author of the word. You must believe to get saved that he’s also the one who raised Jesus from the dead.
Romans chapter 8 verse 11: “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you…” Who’s the Spirit that dwells in you? The Holy Ghost. It says here specifically that the Holy Ghost is the one that raised Jesus from the dead; he is the one who quickens you.
I’m turning to him; I’m believing his word, believing in what Jesus did — and he’s the one who quickens me.
John chapter 6 verse 63: “It is the Spirit that quickens…” Who does the quickening? The Spirit, “…the Spirit that quickens; the flesh prophets nothing: the words I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” The words that Jesus is speaking to them are spirit and life.
These are the words that you must believe to get saved, the right way, guaranteed. It’s the Spirit who quickens through words, and belief of those words; not a feeling — simple belief of the words that the Holy Ghost says.
“Jesus saves” is a misnomer. We’ve all heard it; we’ve all said it. I’ve said it thousands of times. People say it. “Jesus saves” is a misnomer; it leads in the wrong direction. Jesus isn’t saving anybody.
Who quickens? The Spirit quickens. Who’s God in the earth today? The Holy Ghost.
Where’s Jesus? If you believed (if you’ve believed correctly) he’s not here — he’s in heaven. Receiving Jesus in your heart also puts you off on the wrong foot. Have you ever been in a marching band or marching in line with somebody? If you step out on the wrong foot, guess what? You never get on the right foot until you do a little hop, skip, and a jump — this seems like a hop, skip, and a jump. I’m trying to get you on the right foot.
Jesus isn’t here, therefore he can’t save you. he already did what needed to be done for you to believe words and to be saved. Be saved in the active sense of “I am saved, now.”
Trying to receive Jesus into your heart is a lesson in futility — it doesn’t work. I know people that say, “Yeah, but I did and I got saved.” It was accidental, because they believed other things. I can show you that in a bit, but why do you want to be accidental about it? I’m excited about it!
John chapter three, let’s look at verse five: very familiar verses of scripture… “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh;” That which is born of Me is born again, is that what it says? No. “That which is born of the Spirit…”
I’m going to ask you a question: who is Jesus preaching about right here — about getting saved and getting born again — who was Jesus preaching about? The Spirit, the Holy Ghost. Unless you’re born of the Holy Ghost…
Who am I going to go to, to get born of the Holy Ghost? It has to be the Holy Ghost and it has to come through his word — that’s how he does everything.
If you will listen to me, you will have actual, real salvation, and not some religious thing, and you can be solid in the word over it. he’s the one who’s the author of the word. You must believe that he’s the one who raised Jesus from the dead, he’s the one that quickens you, he’s the one Jesus was preaching about.
Here it said you had to be born of him… What if I told you that you must be born of the Spirit? Who would you go to for something like that? If seems pretty obvious now, right? If I told you that you must be born of the Spirit, who would you go to, to be born of the Spirit? The Spirit! Who would you go to, or turn to? Remember, who would you turn to? The Living God, and serve him.
I realize this is difficult because so many of us have been brought up thinking something completely different, and we have to flip it over. You’re out of lock step, and you have to get in step. The goal of our salvation was never to die and go to heaven, or to receive Jesus in our hearts; the goal of salvation is to get cleaned up so the Holy Ghost could come into you and you could walk and live with him in the earth until Jesus returns. It’s pretty simple, but we’ve messed it up with all this other gobbledygook.
If I told you you must be born of the Spirit, who would you go to, or turn to, for something like that? The Holy Ghost. Jesus preached receiving the Holy Ghost, not him.
Luke chapter 4 verse 14: “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went a fame of him throughout all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.” Most people would agree that this is the beginning of Jesus’s ministry. The Holy Ghost came on Jesus; he went out, was was tested by the devil for 40 days and 40 nights and fasted… remember all of this? Then he came and returned in the power of the Spirit.
So this was the beginning of Jesus’s ministry; let’s read verse 17, it says, “And there was delivered to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written…” These are the first recorded words that we have of Jesus when he entered the ministry — the very first words that came out of Jesus’s mouth, “The Spirit of the Lord…”
The first words of Jesus were: “the Spirit of the Lord.” Did Jesus preach on the Holy Ghost? Yes! “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he…” Immediately he’s letting people know that he is the Spirit Lord; he is a person; he is God. he goes. he does all of these things: “… to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year…” (or time) of who? Jesus? No — the time of the Lord who? the Spirit of the Lord. Jesus preached about the Holy Ghost.
This was the first thing that came out of his mouth: “The acceptable year of the Lord.”
What do you suppose the last thing that came out of Jesus’s mouth was? Acts chapter 1 verse 4: “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise…” Wait for it; don’t go anywhere; wait for it, the Promise. Who do we know the Promise is? We’ve already been over this: the Promise is the Holy Ghost. Wait for the Promise. They’d already believed that Jesus was risen from the dead — he’s standing there talking to them, and he said: “wait for the Promise.” What was the goal of their salvation? It was to wait for the promise, at this point. “Which, saith he, you have heard of Me.” They had heard of the Holy Ghost from Jesus; Jesus must have told them, and preached to them, about the Holy Ghost. “For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with…” (or into) “…the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Go down to verse 8: “But you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you…”
Jesus’s first words were “the Spirit of the Lord.” Jesus’s last words were “don’t go anywhere: but you shall receive all of these things when you receive the Holy Ghost.” What was the culmination of Jesus’s ministry? People receiving the Holy Ghost; and it says so right there: you shall receive.
So we believe on Jesus; in fact, if you’re believing on Jesus, what he said right there, that’s what you’re believing: you believe on Jesus, and you receive the Holy Ghost. Over, and over, and over, we see “believe on Jesus, and receive the Holy Ghost.”
Still don’t believe me? let’s go to John chapter 7 verse 38: “He that believes on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
Believe on Jesus; receive the Holy Ghost. This was in the middle of Jesus’s ministry — our gospel should be rooted in the destination of receiving the Holy Ghost.
The point of the gospel is for your sins to be forgiven and cleaned up so you can receive the Holy Ghost.
The point of the gospel is to, who? The Holy Ghost — it points to him. The point is for your sins to be forgiven and cleaned up so you can receive the Holy Ghost. What part of “die and go to heaven” is in there? That’s an after-effect, but that’s not what Jesus was preaching — so why are you preaching it and messing people up?
The Holy Ghost says to me, “I don’t want people receiving Jesus in their hearts — I want them to receive Me.”
The Holy Ghost says, “I don’t want people receiving Jesus in their hearts, I want them to receive Me” — if you have a problem with that, you have a problem with this, and with all of the things that I’ve just been saying.
Any salvation without Holy Ghost as the destination must be corrected. I’m going to show you two examples of apostles doing exactly that.
You know, you keep thinking about what I’m saying in terms of your own religious dogma, or this church, or that church… knock it off! I’m not saying this by any religious, doctrinal, denominational dogma — I’m telling you this by the Holy Ghost and the scriptures, so you can have true salvation guaranteed.
Acts chapter 19 verse 1: “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coast came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, he said to them, have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?” Any “so-called” salvation without the Holy Ghost, must be corrected.
Here’s the apostle Paul immediately jumping on it; the first thing he talks about is the Holy Ghost.
“You talk about the Holy Ghost too much; with all this emphasis on the Holy Ghost, what about salvation?” Well, Paul? What about it?
“Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?” he perceived that they had believed; they did the believing part, now they had to do the receiving part. “And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.” Are there any people like that today? Yeah.“And he said unto them, Unto what then were you baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should…” What? “Believe on him which should come after…” Are you here? Am I making this stuff up? “Saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Jesus christ.”
You believe on Jesus, meaning there’s words that people are told about Jesus, and who do those words come from? The Holy Ghost. If they believe those words, what happens? They get saved — but what are they saved unto? They’re saved unto being in a position to now receive and walk with the Holy Ghost, who is the promise of your salvation.
Acts chapter 8, verse 12: “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” They believed. Baptism is an outward sign of your confession, that you believed on Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection — that’s what baptism is. What did they do? They believed.
Verse 14: “Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John.” When they received the word of God, that means they believed it. “Who, when they were come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost; for as yet he was fallen on none of them: only they were baptized in the name of Jesus, when they laid their hands on them they received the Holy Ghost.” Who did they receive? The Holy Ghost. Who did they believe? Jesus, and the word about Jesus. We believe on Jesus, we receive the Holy Ghost.
John chapter 3 verse 16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” How are you going to not perish but have everlasting life? Believing on Jesus. It did not say “receive Jesus in your heart” or any other fiction, that’s man-made-up. whosoever believes shall be.
I used to say I received Jesus in my heart, and I told others to do so many, many, many times. “I received Jesus in my heart; you should receive Jesus in your heart,” and it didn’t get me very far. That doesn’t mean I didn’t get saved because of belief; because, I did believe on Jesus also, do you understand? I did believe on him, and that’s my point. I did believe on Jesus, I did actually get saved, but I was in the wrong position to go forward; I was stepping out on the wrong foot because I was trying to do something that was unscriptural. Until I believed the scriptures and stood solidly on those, I believed the word concerning Jesus and I put it to bed. I ended it — and from that point on I’ve had no difficulties. Why why would that be? Because I was being scriptural. When you get right with the scripture, you get right with God. I finalized it by my faith and belief in what the word says; and then there was no shaking me from it, because the word can’t be shaken.
I’m going slow, because there are things that I need to walk people through. It’s important. Salvation is important; but even more important is getting saved the right way, and into the right situation. Can you see that? A lot of people get saved into the wrong situation, and end up wasting their lives.
Acts chapter 10, verse 43. We’re talking about Jesus here, and Peter is preaching, “To him” (Jesus) “give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins.” If you believe in Jesus, you shall have remission of sins.
Acts chapter 10, verses 37 and 38: “That word, I say, you know, which was published throughout all Judea and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;” So the word being preached all throughout the region, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” That’s what was happening, and they’d all heard about it; verse 39, “And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree.” They all witnessed this — not just one witness in the dark somewhere, they all witnessed it. Verse 40: “Him God raised up the third day and showed him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.”
First Corinthians 15:6 also says, “After that, he was seen of above 500 brethren at once,” after he was raised from the dead.
Verse 42: “And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he which ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins.” These people are hearing this gospel; they are hearing about Jesus for the first time, and being able to believe on Jesus.
Verse 44: “While Peter yet spake,” meaning while he was mid-sentence preaching about Jesus, who Jesus was, what Jesus did, his being raised from the dead, all of these things that he just said, “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, (…) because that on the gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
They believed on Jesus and what he did because Peter had just preached to them, and as they were believing on Jesus they received the Holy Ghost. They believed, and then they received. They believed. What did they believe? They believed the words that Peter was preaching, and it made them ready to receive the Holy Ghost.
I realize I’m presenting this in a way you’ve never heard it before, but I assure you this is the truth. I’m speaking by the Spirit of Truth who is the Holy Ghost, and if you believe these words you shall be saved. Salvation is in these words. If you believe on Jesus, you shall be saved. “I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God.” If you believe, you shall be saved.
Say: “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
I’m just giving you the straight dope; I’m not trying to make something up, I’m not trying to make you feel anything. I’m going to tell you words in a minute that, if you’ll believe them, you shall have remission of sins. Are you ready? God ordained Jesus of Nazareth. He lived on the earth, and he was crucified for sins — not sins of his own, he was crucified for our sins.
Don’t get religious on me, I’m saying words here.
Crucified: meaning he died, and was dead for three days. Then he rose again from the dead, appeared to all of his apostles and over 500 people. To him, all of the prophets of the bible testify. Do you believe this? Yes? Then say, “I believe it.” I believe it; on the authority of the word of God I call your sins forgiven.
Say, “On the authority of the word of God, my sins are forgiven.”
Welcome to the kingdom of God.
Now you are ready to receive the Holy Ghost. We believed on Jesus, on words spoken about him; now we’re ready to receive the Holy Ghost.
Say, “Holy Ghost, I receive you into my heart, in Jesus name.”
Right now he’s going to be giving you words to speak; as you receive him, just begin to speak those syllables, those sounds, those phrases as they come up… Go ahead speak them out.
We’ve received you, Holy Ghost, and we begin to speak in your languages.
He’s the one who’s with you.
Say, “He’s with me.”
Learn to walk with him; learn to worship him.
Say, “I worship you Holy Ghost.”
Let me pray for you: Holy Ghost I thank you for these these new believers, these new believers in you, that they just got saved in the right way. Holy Ghost, I ask you to seal them, seal that salvation unto them, and let them know you as God. As they begin to walk with you, and worship you, and speak in your languages, great things will begin to take place in their lives; a new life, a new way; new thinking, believing, and living. We thank you for it Holy Ghost, for all of these people coming in right now. In Jesus name, amen.
Transcribed and Edited by Olivia Hemstrought