Minggu, 06 November 2016

Who Then Can Be Saved?

Who Then Can Be Saved?
by Chip Brogden
Paul’s confession and the belief did not lead to this encounter with Jesus; it was the encounter with Jesus that led to his confession and belief!
How quickly we forget – if we ever really understand it at all – that “you have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you” (Jn 15:16a).  We have been taught to say we are saved by grace (once again, employing the correct phraseology) but we secretly believe we had something to do with it: it was our prayer, our faith, our confession, our belief, our walking the aisle, our joining the church, our decision that saved us.  Heaven is our reward for making the right decision, unlike so many poor ignorant sinners who made the wrong decision!

But Jesus says, “No man can come to me unless the Father draws him” (Jn 6:44) and Paul declares that “No man can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ but by the Holy Spirit” (I Cor. 12:3b).  Paul could confess Jesus as Lord and believe Jesus was risen from the dead because he did, in fact, meet the Lord Jesus as a Living Person; and that was the result of Jesus coming to Paul, not Paul coming to Jesus...


I am your brother,
Chip Brogden 

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