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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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Scripture
         
95
 

“. . . that whosoever believes in Him should not perish . . .”

 
 
 
   

The Lord Jesus Christ is held out to us as the only Redeemer of sinners from one end of the Bible to the other. It is faith in Him, or believing in Him that is required of all who would be forgiven of their many sins and be reconciled to God and live in a harmonious relationship of fellowship with God. Sadly, man is a great believer in himself rather than in Jesus Christ, and consequently depends upon his own work and effort in personal reformation and resolution to do better. Thus the Bible repeatedly endeavors to turn man away from having faith in his own philanthropic efforts or ethical improvements to restore himself to divine acceptance. If this were possible, God would not have needed to send His Son into the world to save sinners. If sinners can save themselves by their own good works, what need of a divine-human Savior? It needs to be understood that we are saved by works, by good works, by works of the law of God, but not by our works. We can be saved by Jesus' works, His good works, His works of keeping the law of God perfectly. The perfect obedience and righteousness of Jesus Christ is put to the account of every person who believes or trusts in the righteousness of Christ. This is what is involved in “...that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” in John 3:16. It is through His perfect obedience, His spotless righteousness, His sacrificial death on the cross for sinners that we can be saved from our sins. But we must forsake and renounce any faith or dependence on our own merit as the basis of our salvation from the righteous wrath of God. Faith in Christ has to do with trusting in His obedience, death, and bodily resurrection as the sole ground and merit of our everlasting life. “For by grace you have been saved through faith...” We will produce good works as a result of faith in Christ, but these good works, imperfect as they are, contribute nothing to the merit of our salvation. They are the result and the fruit and the evidence of salvation, not the cause or origin of it.

   

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