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Subject: Salvation

A vast majority of people look at God’s Plan of Salvation as being too complicated. For this reason I wish to explain the simplicity, yes simplicity, of God’s eternal plan of salvation, while at the same time, attempt to unravel the fallacy of universal salvation. But first, we must realize the authenticity of God’s Word! Without it, the continual stream of man’s hocus-pocus oratory will cause us to arrive at false and damning conclusions! Simply put…every unbeliever is in grave danger of entering the gates of Hell! Praise God, the way to escape such calamity is found in His Word!

But man in his eagerness to avoid God gladly accepts the rationale that the Bible is too harsh, too difficult to understand, too extreme to be taken literally, regardless of the Bible’s many proofs revealing its complete truthfulness and authenticity as revealed by fulfilled prophecy, historical accuracy, archeology finds, and on-going discoveries in various scientific fields. Nevertheless, people allow their preacher or priest to do their thinking and they become complacent, never searching God’s Word for the truth, thereby allowing Satan to successfully seduce them from the Lord! Thusly “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:8)

Thankfully, the simplicity of God’s plan of salvation begins with understanding the word ‘all’. Pay attention to this little, yet mighty word in the following, easily understood verses! “Wherefore, as one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon ALL men, for that ALL have sinned. (Romans 5:12) “But the scripture hath concluded ALL (are) under sin.” (Galatians 3:22a) “… ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) Sin encompasses ALL of humanity. There are no exceptions!

So, because we are sinners, and our hearts are blackened by sin, we offend God by breaking His Law, a law that reflects God’s righteous, holy and perfect character! (Psalm 145:17) Simply stated, we are ‘law breakers’, and, therefore, must pay sin’s price! “For the wages of sin is death;…” (Romans 6:23a)

But how do we pay such a debt? Do we attempt to be a perfect neighbor, caring friend, loving parent, loyal spouse, devoted church-goer, and faithful to church rituals? In God’s eyes our works are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) The simple truth is, we can’t pay the debt, but God can! “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did sending His own Son…’” (Romans 8:3-4) “…Behold, The Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29b)

ALL of us need to escape God’s righteous wrath or face damnation, and there is but one way… God’s way! We must put aside our pride, our stubbornness, our disbelief and earnestly open our hearts to the simple truth that Jesus Christ died for you and me! “For He hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (ll Corinthians 5:21) “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness…..”(I Peter 2:24). Please understand… God sent His Son to die for each of us, to pay our sin debt, to be the atonement for our sins! To provide everlasting life to those who will freely accept His gift of salvation! Still, many reject Him!

Each of know how easy it is to accept a gift. Ask yourself, then, why do we refuse the life-giving gift of eternal life! “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not of works lest any man should boast.’ (Ephesians 2:8-9) It is free, and it is forever! We don’t have to search spiritual pathways or be baptized or tithe or sing in the choir, or……! We have simply to BELIEVE! Jesus said “…I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25) Conversely, those who don’t believe in Him will face the eternal torments of Hell! “He that believeth on him is NOT condemned: but he that believeth NOT is condemned already, because he hath NOT believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18) In a nutshell, salvation is solely based on one’s faith and belief in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection! (John 11:25)

Now, you say because God is love He wouldn’t send millions to Hell because of their unbelief. So, if there is universal salvation, why would a loving God allow His Son to suffer an agonizing death for no purpose? But, because there is no universal salvation, there was a purpose! He allowed Jesus to suffer so you and I won’t have to! (Romans 5:8) God will not overlook the guilty (Romans 1:18) but because of Calvary He will forever forgive those who believe in the shed blood of Jesus Christ! Believe!

Nancy Hamilton

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