When Jesus died on the cross, He took away the sins of the world (John 1:29; 1 John 2:2). When He rose from the dead, He showed both that His substitutionary death removed the sin barrier and that He indeed will one day raise from the dead all who believe in Him. That is obviously good news. Calvary means that no one will be eternally condemned because of his sins. Condemnation is only for those who do not believe in Jesus for everlasting life and hence who are not found in the Book of Life (John 3:16–18, 36; Rev 20:15). The reason why Jesus can fulfill His promise of everlasting life to the believer is because of who He is. He is the Savior, the Son of God, the Messiah.
Some people think they aren’t good enough to be born again. They don’t understand the point of the cross. Jesus has taken away our sins. They are no longer a barrier to us being born again. And they do not yet believe His promise that “he who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47). That just seems too easy. You must clean up your life first, they think. But that is man-made religion. Jesus gives everlasting life as a gift:
Jn 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, Eph 2:9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
If people have never believed that all who simply believe in Jesus have everlasting life, then they have not yet been born again. Saving faith means believing in the Lord Jesus Christ for everlasting life:
1 Ti 1:16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
Nothing else is saving faith. Not only is believing in Him for everlasting life enough, it is the only way to have everlasting life. Jesus guarantees everlasting life to all who simply believe in Him for it—with no strings attached. Do you believe this?[i]
R. N. Wilkins adds this quote: “As Dr. Charles Ryrie, one of my seminary professors and the man who preached at my ordination service likes to say, “If everlasting life could be lost, then it has the wrong name.””[ii]
Published on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 @ 4:07 AM CDT