Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Good Intentions

Good intentions and admirable goals may pave some roads, but are insufficient to meet God’s requirements.

Getting Israelis and Arabs to set down, sign and live by a peace treaty would be close to providing world peace. Even such substantial works would be insufficient to meet God’s requirements.

He gave us the instructions through His Word, in His word: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:15 KJV)

Just why would He offer us eternal life?

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. (John 3:16 KJV)

That is the requirement, and it is stated clearly in more than one place in His word: 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 KJV)

It was repeated following His resurrection: 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 KJV)

When asked outright, in a straightforward manner, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? (Acts 16:30 KJV)

The answer was the same: And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:31 KJV)

Nothing more, nothing less. Simple faith, simply stated. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Ephesians 2:8 KJV)

Most people run into difficulty long before these verses. They have problems with a couple of concepts that are essential to coming to God.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 KJV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3 KJV)

Until we come to understand that The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. (Psalms 24:1 KJV), how can we understand that we are His, too?

Of course, salvation is unacceptable until we know we’re lost.

1 comment:

  1. Some people make salvation so hard, even after they have received it. Thank God that I didn't have to work for it and I don't have to work to keep it. If God can save me, he can get me to heaven too! I trust 100% in him and the finished work of Christ.


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