"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2
There is been much confusion within the church, regarding eternal salvation. The majority of that confusion comes directly from pastors, ministers, priest or leaders within the churches. They are not strictly adhering too or correctly interpreting the Word.
The Bible, the Word of God, teaches but one thing: Grace Salvation.
Grave has but one meaning — mercy, forgiveness, unlimited pardon. God’s grace toward humanity, His grace in His treatment toward us, is a free gift. If that concept is not completely understood, we’ll will awake one day in Hades, to await our judgement and be transferred eternally to hell. And likely wonder, “How can this be!?”
Romans 4:20-21 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.
We’ve studied these verses in our church, and by study, I mean we’re given the exegesis of the original Greek words and their precise interpretations.
The word “promise” in the original Greek is the word “epaggelleo”. It is in the Perfect Tense, which means something done in the past and is continued into the future (this is of course, very relevant). The ‘promise’ is made by God; God has made a promise to Abraham (as the verse says, applies to all humanity). IF Abraham believed God, this ‘promise’ but hold true.
“fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. “was able” is the Greek word “dunatos”; “to do” is the Greek word “poieo” — the ‘doing’ was by God Himself, not Abraham. Abraham did do, and could do, nothing for his own salvation. It is, it must be, the same for all of us. We can do nothing to save ourselves.
“Poieo” is in the Active case, which means it was God’s purpose, direct intent to do this act. This was God’s original purpose for Abraham (and therefore, us) to believe in Him and His promise — that the faith, the trust in Him, results in eternal salvation. A ‘free gift from God’, so, if we add any ‘works’ to that “gift”, it is no longer a gift, but works — and rejected by God.
Romans 4:4-5 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
God made the promise; He is the one doing the work. We are asked to believe what He has said. Nothing else.
When we interject own ideas, our own ways to salvation, it is no longer ‘grace’; it becomes works and God rejects every path but the one He has given us. If we count on water baptism, going ‘good works’, going to a particular domination or church assembly, we are interjecting works, our own pathway to God, not His! We are changing the Gift He gave, into works we supply.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Pray diligently and seek God’s direction, so we are not deceived and eternally lost.
Even ‘believing’ His now of our own volition, but He must enable us. John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.
Thank God for His perfect, loving Gift of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Further study material at: http://www.bereanmemorialchurch.org/