The Narrow Way

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Watering the Tulips
11/09/2011
 

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” - 1 Corinthians 11:3

 

Not too long ago, I was in the local Christian bookstore.  There was a book devoted to pointing out several steps in order to being saved.  I quickly moved on and dismissed it as worthy of being read.  But, it has continued to bother me that anyone in mainstream Christianity would accept the book as doctrinally sound.  This book does nothing less than corrupt “the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Errors on this point can easily arise.   The truth is “that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).  There is nothing to add to the work of Christ.  It is enough.  He is the ever successful Savior!  The work of Jesus Christ must ever be the focus of every New Testament church.

There are two extreme positions that often veer off course.  The liberal side would add some type of work (or works) to salvation.  In Christianity, Rome is obviously the most extreme position in this group.  However, they are not alone.  Many believe we must do certain things in order to get into Christ.  This denies that salvation is “by grace through faith” (Ephesians 2:8).  Many would say that our faithfulness keeps us saved.  The truth is, however, that God preserves His saints (Psalms 145:20).  This is the reason why the children of God persevere.

The more conservative side is often more difficult to notice.  This side would often add the belief of some certain doctrine (or doctrines) to salvation.  Yet, this cannot be true either.  Without doubt, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).  But this knowledge is rooted in one thing – salvation through the work of Jesus alone.  Many children of God have lived and died with little understanding of deeper doctrines.  Since the thief on the cross, there is little doubt that many children of God have died knowing little more than that Jesus died for their sins.  I’m not encouraging a lack of knowledge at all.  The more one knows, the more one enjoys his salvation.  But, theoretically, one can be right on the doctrine without fully trusting Christ (Ephesians 1:13). 

Biblical salvation is simple.  Mankind fell in Adam.  We all became sinners by his work (Romans 5:12).  Yet, God was not caught off guard.  God determined to send His Son to die for the sins of His people (Acts 2:23; Matthew 1:21).  We are to share this message with the whole world (Matthew 28:18-20). All who believe, by God’s grace, are saved (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 1:21; Acts 16:30-31).  How has man so messed this up?  Perhaps a better question would be “why?”  Our prayer is that you are trusting in Him and Him alone today!

 

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