Thursday, May 26, 2011

John 3:35-36.

The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

Here is a plain statement of the gospel. God's wrath is on his creation since Adam's sin. How can we make things better? By obeying the Law. By trying harder. By turning over a new leaf. By being good.

None of these things is at all useful. Whoever believes the Son will have everlasting life. Rejecting the Son and living a 'beautiful' life is futile.


Val said...

Surely if we believe in Christ, we will strive to live as He has taught us. Which is to do those things that you suggested are futile. Christ taught that we should repent of our wrong doings and follow Him. This means more than just believing, but doing, also.

Paul said, "Faith without works is dead." (james 2:26)

Terry Hamblin said...

Of course, but works without faith are futile too. There is no point in doing things off our own bat. We cannot save ourselves by being good.