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Eternal Life, the Free Gift of God

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have life eternal.

"For God has not sent his Son into the world that he may judge the world, but that the world may be saved through him.

"He that believes on him is not judged: but he that believes not has been already judged, because he has not believed on the name of the only-begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18)

 

 

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Fresh Blessing From an Old Scripture

No Neutral Ground, by C. A. Coates

God's Gift of Eternal Life

What is Saving Faith?

             If I express an interest in the things of the Lord after an evangelistic service a counselor may ask me if I “believe” that Christ died for me, and that He rose again from the dead?  Receiving an affirmative answer, the counselor may then “assure” me that I am now eternally saved. 

            But an intellectual "belief" based on pressure from a well-meaning evangelist may leave one with a false "assurance" of having been added to God's book of life.  Consider the following:

            Eternal salvation is the free gift of God.  You cannot "do" anything to get this gift.  It begins when God in His sovereign purpose 'foreknows' us (fore-loves us), He then marks us out beforehand, he calls (designates) us, he justifies us, and [in the future] glorifies us (Romans 8:29-30).  All this God does entirely by Himself on our behalf.  We have the same zero input to this wonderful series of actions as we had with our earthly parents when they conceived us.

            Every human being enters this world as a creature of "flesh."  The Lord Jesus said that there are two births, one of "flesh" and one of "spirit" (John 3:6).  And the creature of flesh must be "born anew" (John 3:7).  Without this spiritual birth no one can be part of God's kingdom (John 3:5). 

            But once I am "born of the spirit" my spiritual eyes are opened and I begin to realizes that by my natural birth I was completely lost for eternity, and that only what God has done for me through the precious sacrifice of His Son, is what actually saves me.  It is now possible for me to know this because God has given me the gift of faith which enables me to understand these wonderful spiritual things. (See Eph. 2:8)

            If an evangelist assures me that I am saved, but if there has been no actual turning to God from sin on my part, and no personal commitment to the living Lord Jesus Christ, and to the Word of God, it raises important questions as to the reality of my profession.  Perhaps I may never have been "born of the spirit" and I may have a false “assurance” of having been saved!  Realize, it is not my intellectual faith that saves me.  I can become "convinced" of all the "facts" related to the blessed work of our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary, but still remain lost.  After all, true saving faith is totally the gift of God, and has nothing to do with any "human understanding" of the gospel, nor does it depend on any moral works that I might perform.

             God given “saving faith” becomes evident when it moves me to realize that I am totally marked by sin (Rom. 3:23), and that I am under the Divine sentence of death (Rom. 6:23).  It moves me to repent of sin (Acts 17:31-32).  Repentance means I abhor my sin and consciously turn to God from sin.  True faith also moves me to fully accept that there is nothing I can do in my own power to get right with God.  Church membership, giving to charity, my own good works, water baptism, communion, observing all the rituals of a religious organization.  Even my repentance and my human faith, etc., do not pave the way to heaven.  And salvation from sin is not achieved by signing a "decision card" or praying a "formula prayer."  So what is left?

          God is a God of mercy.  Realizing I am a sinner and that I can do nothing to earn God's favor I and only cast my whole self upon God.  I can only rely completely on His mercy, and His provision for sinners.  This provision for sinners is the Lord Jesus Himself.  This Jesus is the only one who can take away sins.  He, (the Lord Jesus), and only He “. . . is able also to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him” (Heb. 7:25).

          God alone is the originator of, author of, and giver of eternal life to those who believe on or toward (not merely about) the Lord Jesus. 

 It is absolutely impossible for anyone to seek God unless the Father draws that person to His Son (John 6:44).  This is why “faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” is an actual evidence (Hebrews 12:1) that I, an undeserving sinner, have been spiritually 'made alive' (Ephesians 2:1 & 5) and have received spiritual life in Christ Jesus the Lord.  It is the evidence that I have been given a vital link with God and am one of His children.  My faith in the Lord Jesus is not the cause of my salvation. The Lord Jesus is the cause of my belief and my salvation.  But if I truly believe on Him I will surely display the fruits of eternal salvation.

A true child of God has been bought with a price (1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 Cor. 6:19-20), and thus becomes a bondservant.  As a slave of Christ I gladly commit myself to Christ as my Savior and as the Lord of my life. While none of us could ever live a perfect life, if you or I simply believe the facts about the Lord Jesus, without repentance and commitment to Him, this is not evidence of a “Saving Faith.” A true Christian bows to Him as both Savior and Lord.

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