Interesting comment yesterday suggesting works and intellect make the difference from lost to saved…from self-follower to Christ-follower.
To be a true Christian is to be born again having your sins washed in the blood of the Lamb. Jesus died a perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. Only He could do it…only He can offer you forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Only you can accept it.
You can’t earn it…work for it…purchase it…be good enough or smart enough…you can only accept with a sincere heart, not your intellect, what Jesus offers because of Calvary. It is by the Grace of God you are saved through faith…not by works…lest you should boast.
The intellect…your best works…your best goodness…your best intentions are nothing but filthy rags in God’s eyes. He can only look at you through the shed blood sacrifice of Jesus and His righteousness. Only through the cross will you ever obtain forgiveness and eternal life.
You can deny it…spit on it…laugh at it…curse it…call it a fairy tale…or you can accept it…embrace it…find Salvation…thank God for it. What you cannot do is make it go away…the cross of Calvary is the only way to eternal life…the Only Way.
This is what I believe. You are free to believe what you want. I will pray for you, but I won’t give you chapter and verse; I won’t read the Bible for you. Search the scriptures and know the truth. Some of what is written here today is God’s word paraphrased. Find a concordance and read God’s word for yourself with the heart. Do not chance eternity on ego and intellect. There are no do-over’s, the soul never dies and eternity has no end.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)