How is it that life, salvation, and securing a place in heaven is transmitted to the soul of man? It is the revelation from God in heaven declared in Holy Scripture that gives the answer.

 

It is always a timely question. In our day when evil in the world is increasing not just monthly, not just weekly, but daily; it is a vital question.

 

God reduces the process to the simplest form: a LOOK. The repentant faith that believes and receives is just as simple as a LOOK! That is too easy, you say; nothing is free, you protest. It was not easy for Jesus on the cross! The price Jesus paid was beyond any cost we could imagine, or could possibly pay.

 

God reduced the reception of eternal life to the simple form of a “LOOK” because of the sinful nature of the prideful heart of fallen man. An old gospel song puts it succinctly: “Man anxious seems for ANY TASK his guilty soul to save, but Jesus on the cross bids us to LOOK and LIVE”! This is clearly illustrated in [John 3:14, 15], “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Please read this event in [Number 21:4-9].

 

The only substance that answers to the justice of the throne of God is the precious blood of Jesus [Revelation 1:5; 1 Peter 1:18, 19; Hebrews 9:22; Colossians 1:20]. Water may, at times, give typical CEREMONIAL cleansing but ONLY the blood of Jesus can give effectual JUDICIAL cleansing. There are NO contradictions in the Bible when things that are different are distinguished. As the gospel song says, “What can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

 

The principal upon which God saves is NOT human merit but God’s amazing grace, “For the WAGES of sin is death; but the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” [Romans 6:23] Wages we earn; a gift is paid for by another. May God Bless Ashtabula and Ohio!

 

 

Mike Hennigan

Ashtabula

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