Simplicity of Salvation2022-09-17T17:35:05-04:00

The Simplicity of Salvation is …

As simple as coming when called. Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mat 11:28).

As simple as drinking water. Jesus said: “But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (Joh 4:14). “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, ‘out of his heart will flow rivers of living water …’” (Joh 7:37–38).

As simple as eating bread. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst … I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world” (Joh 6:35, Joh 6:51).

As simple as entering a door. Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved” (Joh 10:9a).

As simple as receiving a gift. “For the wages of sin is death, but the [free] gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).

As simple as calling for help. “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Joe 2:32; Rom 10:13).

As simple as the trust of a child.“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven’” (Mat 18:2–3).

As simple as believing in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life” (Joh 6:47). “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (Joh 11:25–26).

Each of these examples and illustrations is designed to show the simplicity of faith. The Scripture says. “So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17). Faith is trusting what the Word of God says. In the final analysis, it all comes down to the question in the above passage, “Do you believe this?” Your response will determine your eternal destiny—either Heaven or Hell.

Do not stumble over the simplicity of the Gospel message of salvation!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 is the most well-known Bible verse throughout the world. It’s simple enough for a child to understand it. It’s so rich that theologians and pastors struggle to fully communicate the depths of God’s love contained in this one small verse. In 2nd Corinthians 9:15, the Apostle Paul speaks of the gift of God’s love and says, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” And I love that word – “Indescribable, because when I think of the goodness of the Gospel, it’s hard for me to describe the joy and the purpose that my salvation brings to every day of my life. We cannot even begin to describe the gift of God’s grace, because as humans, we can’t fully comprehend all that God is and all that He has given to us in the Person of Jesus Christ. This little book, The Gift, is written to describe something that is indescribable. And we’ll look at this verse in six parts: (1) “For God” – The Indescribable God, (2) “So loved the world” – His Indescribable Love, (3)“That He gave His only begotten Son” – His Indescribable Sacrifice, (4) “That whoever believes in Him” – The Simplest Invitation, (4) “Shall Not Perish” – The Indescribable Danger, and (5) “But have eternal life” – His Indescribable Gift.

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