Just for a moment, suppose, one day we get to heaven and are visiting and talking with friends and family that we have not seen in a very long time. The Lord says to you or I, “go over there and talk with this or that person sitting there.” Would we sharply reply, “no Lord, I’m comfortable sitting here talking with my own friends and family?” I think not, we would gladly do whatever the Lord bid us do, no matter what it was, no questions asked. If we would do the Lord’s bidding in heaven, then why do so many blatantly refuse to do His bidding here on earth? When He says, “Jesus died for everyone, salvation is open to all,” they say, “ only to those predestined to be saved.” When He says “hear” they refuse to listen. When He says “believe” they scoff. When He says “repent” they say, “just as I am.” When He says “confess” they say, “only if I’m forced.” When He says, “be baptized for the remission of your sins,” they laugh and say, “there is no need, I’m saved already, for I asked Jesus to come into my heart.” When He says, “baptism now saves”, they reply, “I don’t believe that.” When He says “live Godly to keep from falling away to sin,” they say, “once saved always saved, I can never be lost no matter what I do.” When He says “God is no respecter of persons” they say, “but I’m different, I have a personal relationship with Jesus.” When He says “study to show thyself approved unto God,” they say, “I just ask my preacher.” All I can say is, “why do so many openly refuse to do the simple bidding of our Lord and Savior?” I cannot understand such logic or maybe the total lack of logic.
I have no doubt that God has the power to save us any way that He chooses. But He chose to save us by His eternal purpose in Jesus Christ. (Eph. 3:11). God clearly spells out His plan of salvation in His Holy Word, the bible. The Lord gave His life for us all, not just a preselected few (II Cor. 5:15). Salvation is open to everyone who is willing to hear and believe (Acts 10:34-48). God purposed that we must believe and have faith to be saved (Heb. 11:6). God could have saved man without him having to repent. But God’s purpose expressly states, “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). God’s word definitely settles the matter, without question, we either repent or we perish. Can we be saved without confession? God tells us that confession is made unto salvation (Rom. 10:10). We must confess Christ before men if we want Him to confess us before God the Father in heaven (Matt. 10:32-33). God could save man without baptism, He has that power. But Jesus told his apostles, “go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole of creation. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16) If one does not have enough faith in God’s commandment to be baptized for the remission of their sins, (Acts 2:38) then they do not have the faith to be pleasing to God. (Heb. 11:6) Many claim that baptism has absolutely nothing to do with salvation, but God says it is baptism that now saves us (I Peter 3:21). Who will you believe, man or God? God could save man outside the church, He has that power, but He purposed to add the saved to His church (Acts 2:47). Is it possible for a child of God to fall from grace? God clearly states that it is possible, and that we must guard against it (James 5:12, II Peter 2:20). Even the great apostle Paul was concerned, that after he had preached to others, he himself might become a castaway (I Cor. 9:27). We are each personally responsible for our own salvation. (Phil. 2:12). God directs each of us to study to show ourselves approved unto Him (II Tim. 2:15). Nowhere does He tell us to just ask our preacher. Some say if we are sincere in our worship, God will accept it. Are you absolutely sure? The bible records many, many, instances where people were sincere, but wrong, and God utterly destroyed them. Eternity is a very long time to spend in torment for being sincerely, but absolutely wrong. When God commands it, why not just do it, and let that be the end of the discussion?
God is unchanging, (James 1:17 Heb. 13:8) ) He will always act according to His will and purpose as revealed to us in His Holy Word. I diligently urge everyone to turn to the bible and accept God’s plan of salvation with complete obedience to His gospel, His revealed purpose, before it is eternally too late. God is a loving God, but will become a fearsome God if we refuse to keep His commandments. (Heb 10:31)
We invite all who would, to come together with us to study God’s word and worship Him in spirit and in truth. We are the church of Christ, Kedron congregation on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, KY. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00, Worship at 11:00, each and every Sunday morning.