Living a life provided by us, can only lead to an eternity provided by us. “Unless the Lord builds the house the builder builds in vain.”
“Salvation belongs to our God and to the lamb!” This will be the song sung by those who arrive in heaven, dressed for eternity. It will not be sung by those who think they can save themselves. No work of man can produce the attire necessary to stand before the Living God. Simple logic brings us to this conclusion.
As an aside: I met a man who told me he had no time for Jesus. He said he would take his chances in the Judgment Day. I will give the man this, at least he was being honest with his folly.
The power of God alone can turn a man from fool to wise. Those who live in truth before the Holy Lord, will cannot lie. It is impossible to stand before Him and do anything other than tell the truth. The perfection of God demands it. How then can the man who trusts in his own strength sing that song?
I do not write this article to make fun of people. I write this article that everyone may understand. From the simple to the great, salvation is extended freely. Yet only those who humble themselves before the Living God, will find it.
39 “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5)
No righteousness belongs to man. If a man is able to memorize the entire Bible, it does not save him. God does not take pride in such a child. God in his excellent wisdom has reserved His Holy Son alone, that men may be saved. The song does not say, “Salvation belongs to those who have saved themselves”.
When the Lord Jesus was with his disciples on the mountain, and was transformed before their very eyes, the Holy Father spoke. Of all the myriad of things the Holy Father could have said, what did he say? “. . .This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5)
God did not say, “Read the Bible and do what it says”. The Bible is a written and concrete evidence of the covenant of God toward man. But the Living God, and His strength to save is, found exclusively in his Living, Righteous and Holy Son.
Pride comes when man thinks he owns anything by his own strength. But salvation comes when all the man has belongs to God.
If anything is not of God it will not endure the Judgment Day. Eternity is Holy. Nothing will ever be in it but that which is God.
There will be no pride in heaven. There should be no pride among us here. If a man thinks he is something, he deceives himself and does not understand the truth.
Reading the Bible, alone, cannot save you. It is necessary that every man should humble himself before the Living God, and receive the power of his Holy Son’s sacrifice and eternal Kingship.
Find a man who knows the Bible through and through, yet does not commune with the Living God in Christ Jesus, and you will find a man who is full (to overflowing) with pride and false humility. But living in vibrant fellowship with the Living God’s Holy Son, produces humility, by crushing the pride in which a man trusts.
If still you need proof, read the Holy Law that God gave to his people through Moses. Now for 24 hours, do that law. You will find yourself falling short within an half hour.
Those who think they can save themselves by memorizing and understanding the Bible, are like those who live by the law. Not one man can obey it completely. And every man who tries will die. Remember what the Apostle Paul said. “Those who depend on obeying the Law live under a curse. For the scripture says, ‘Whoever does not always obey everything that is written in the book of the Law is under God’s curse!’” (Galatians 3: 10)
May the Living God grant understanding.
By His Grace