“Always do good to others. Be selfless. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. This is the direct way to Moksha or salvation.” ~Swami Sivanand (Hindu Spiritual Leader)
” Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.” ~ Siddhartha (Founder of Buddhism)
“God made so many different kinds of people. Why would he allow only one way to serve him?” ~Martin Buber (Jewish philosopher)
“All religions must be tolerated… for… every man must get to heaven his own way.” ~Frederick the Great (King of Prussia)
The above quotes all sound good to the human mind; that’s because they come from a humanist perspective. All our wrong as so clearly stated by the Apostle John:
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:6-13)
The universalist beliefs that there are many paths to God and that we are all children of God are both countered by the above passage. To become the children of God is a right bestowed upon us by the Lord Jesus Christ when we receive Him. How do we receive Him? By believing in His name.
You have to believe in Jesus to become a child of God!
And believe does not mean just a head belief but a heart belief that results in committing one’s life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I can no longer trust in myself for my salvation; I have to trust in Jesus. Elmer Towns puts it this way:
“One becomes and has the right to be known as a child of God as a result of believing on the name of Christ. This is more than an intellectual acceptance of the revealed truths concerning Jesus Christ. His name expresses the sum of all the qualities that mark His character and nature. To believe on, or believe in, that name involves the absolute transfer of trust from self to the Savior. Anything short of this falls short of saving faith.”
Beloved we were born into sin by our Adamic nature and our inheritance is death, eternal separation from God. The only way to get out of one family and into another is to be adopted. That is what the Apostle Paul teaches:
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.'” (Romans 8:15)
We cannot call God “Abba, Father” if we refuse to receive His Son. God’s love for us was manifested through His Son Jesus Christ. Again we turn to Paul:
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
That verse alone takes care of all our needs; it literally rocked my world when its truth finally broke through. That verse tells me I don’t have to wait to accept Jesus. It tells me I don’t have to get my life straight before I accept Jesus. It tells me I can never be too bad for Jesus because He died for me while I was still a sinner.
You may know someone who is refusing to accept Christ for a number of reasons. You may be one who has yet to accept Jesus as Savior. No matter the reasons, the truth is we do not have to do anything to receive salvation. We do not have to earn it; that is impossible because the wages of sin is death.
We must be adopted and that adoption comes when we believe and trust in Jesus for salvation; all we have to do is receive His free gift.
You see it’s a grace thing.
It simply means “the absolute transfer of trust from self to the Savior.”
Won’t you do that today?
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