CONDITIONAL EVERYTHING!....NOT !!!
Dec 16, 2011
One common concept of salvation is that of what I call 'conditionalism'. Scripture is read and understood, or misunderstood, based on conditions. For example, one CAN be saved IF one does this or that. It places whatever gift God has to offer an individual on that person's shoulders to either accept, do, not do or something else to make it happen. IE., one can be forgiven of one's sins IF he or she 'repents'. Again, one can be sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph.4:30) if one believes, accepts, understands or does SOMETHING to make this sealing of and by the Holy Spirit a reality for the individual. And again, one can receive the gifts of God( James 1:17) and make them applicable to oneself IF we apply the correct conditions to make God like us, love us, bless us, forgive us, have mercy on us, save us, raise us, etc, etc, etc ad nauseum. Can you see a picture here? I call it, " the tail wagging the dog." We become in charge. We in effect become God. We become the one who holds our present and future in our own hands by what we DO ! Folks, this is NOT the Good News or the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is POSITIVE. It is NOT conditional at all. It is an announcement of what Jesus HAS done to and for all of humanity--you included. And it occurred before the "foundation" of the world! ( Eph.1).
Luke 19:10, tells us that Jesus came to seek and save what was lost. It does not depend on whether we accept that fact or not. It does not depend on whether we believe it or not. It does not depend on whether or not we do anything. JESUS SAVED WHAT WAS LOST!!! You included.
Salvation is a PROCLOMATION of what God has done for ALL of His children. There is NO Condition to it. It is a gift. God loves the world. He loves His children. All are reconciled to God. ( Col.1:19-20). We can say that ALL are made alive in Jesus. ( I Cor.15:22). We can also say that ALL are SAVED in Jesus Christ. Does everyone know this. No ! Will they someday? Yes. Every knee will bow to Jesus, and I say out of celebration, love, joy and appreciation for what our Loving God has done to and for all of us in Jesus.
There is NO bad news in the Good News. Let's proclaim Good News to everyone we know and meet. Simply that God Loves you and has done everything to insure your eternal life with and IN Him. Once we know this, we can live our life out of this wonderful truth. Praise God.
Lord I believe. Help my unbelief!