- The other day I was asked the question:"Are you saying that our salvation is all up to God ?"
Of course, in answering there are a few things to consider like: What did he understand by the term "salvation"?
Did he, like most, understand it to be a heaven or "hell" issue, or did he understand it as the expression of God's zoe'life in and through a person?In any event, my answer is, "Ultimately yes!"
Here's what I believe (and am happy for anyone to believe differently)
I believe that as by the offence of one (first Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (Jesus) the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. (Rom 5:18)
I believe that a persons trust in this Good News will cause salvation to manifest in and through them now (in this age) click link to read>>.how ''eternity'' got into our English bibles
I believe that God will continue in the ages to come, reveal the richness of his grace to us in Christ Jesus.(Eph 2)
I believe that grace and faith are not of ourselves, but a gift from God (Eph 2).
I believe that every knee will bow and every tongue confess the lordship of Jesus.(Phil 2, Rom 4,)
I believe that all the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the lord.(Psalm 22)
I believe that its God will that all be saved.(1 Tim, 2 Pet)
I believe that God has consigned all in unbelief that he may have mercy on all.(Rom 11)
I believe that his mercy is age-during (Psalm 136, Rom 9, 11)
I believe that God in Christ reconciled the the world to himself, not counting our sin against us and his Resurrection was proof of our justification.(2 Corinthians, Rom 4)
I believe that when Christ was raised up on the cross he drew all men to himself (and we were co-crucified with Him. We were buried with him and were resurrected with him, seated with him.).(John 12, Rom 6, Col 3, Eph 2)
Jesus said that I didn't choose him but rather that He chose me, (John 15) and since we had no choice in the matter of our justification and our sins no longer being held against us since none of us were born yet, I have to conclude that my Salvation was up to him who has the power to save, and not me.
And even if I am faithless, He remains faithful.(2 Tim)Hope this stirs you to begin to at least question why we believe what what we believe.Many have wrongly assumed that what is traditionally taught as the current mainstream western Gospel is what Jesus taught his disciples. Actually, many doctrines that we have embraced as "gospel truth" in today's western church culture are not more than a few hundred years old. and some even only decades old.
I encourage you to ask as many questions as you can to those who teach you - not to try and catch anybody out - but because the Scripture encourages us to do this and commends those who question what they are being taught - they are called Wise and Noble (Berians).Peace