We observe a man/woman and say, “Oh, they are so close… to being saved”. We watch, we observe and we tally… how many acts of goodness have been added, what is the quality of those acts, with what sweetness are those acts carried out? “Oh, they’re almost there”… we think, “just a bit more and they’re sure to convert.” What does such thinking tell us about our belief in Justification?
It would not have been said of Saul that he was within inches of Salvation… that a few more deliberate actions would have drawn him nearer to the Cross… regardless of his direction and zeal, there was no hope for self-improvement. BUT GOD…
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9 ESV)
When will we see ourselves, our neighbors, our world as completely lost? Without hope in this world?
- Man-made light, man-made evangelistic schemes/marketing cannot unveil the glory of God and give sight to the blind.
- A map won’t do (the Law and the Prophets make this clear).
- All the ‘right’ ingredients won’t do (We, the pharisees, and our own self-improvements, repairs big or small, tweaks, and make-overs… won’t do).
YOU… are completely dependent on God for eternal salvation. Right now, in your deadness, you have but one Hope and it is an incredible Hope offered to all who believe.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24 ESV)
Will you die in order to live?… Eternally!