John 6:29 “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”
Great debates have raged through the centuries over this very topic. Religious factions have formed over the differences regarding how we are to obtain salvation.
Admittedly, the title of today’s blog was a bit misleading, but know this, that the subject of salvation is paramount in the life of every soul on the planet. The ability to be clear can only come from rightly dividing the Word.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Some seek to focus on man’s ability to have a part in the salvation of his own soul. The Bible is crystal clear in this matter.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For 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.”
It is a gift. Gifts are those which other purchases and are given freely. They must be received to be possessed, and salvation is no different. I can know that there is a gift that awaits me. Until I receive it and open it, it is not mine until I take possession.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
What we receive by faith is a myriad of God’s promises.
Salvation is first the forgiveness of sins. Sin is what stands between us and eternal life. The cure is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the only acceptable payment for sin.
Religions add works to what Christ did to make salvation attainable. But it begs the question:
“What can a sinful man add to the pure, perfect, holy, righteous sacrifice offered by the Son of God?”
Nothing. To add to it is an abomination. We are warned not to add or take away from the words of the Bible.
Revelation 22:18-19 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 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.”
That which God gives is to be freely received.
John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Born of God, not of man.
Once received, there is much that comes with the promise of sins forgiven—eternal life.
John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
If the promise is everlasting life, why would it ever be dependent upon sinful man’s behavior to lose or keep that which God calls eternal? You cannot lose that which God promises is eternal.
What part of the Word of God makes salvation conditional? NONE!
It is the will of God that we be saved. That salvation is offered to every person. We are drawn by God to a decision to either choose or reject Christ.
John 6:40 “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
When God says ALL, He means ALL. It is not up to us to place conditions on His promises, nor is it supported in the Word of God to do so.
I will not apologize for the dogmatic tone of what is written because the souls of men, women, and children hang in the balance.
We cannot and should not tamper with what God has given for the redemption of man. His way is perfect, flawless, righteous, and holy.
In our text, Christ tells us the only “work” to be done for salvation is to believe. Simple faith. Pride adds to salvation. Fear questions its merit. Doubt causes one to hesitate, and apathy will wait until it is too late.
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