“I’ve got to get this person saved”
“You’re hindering that person from coming to Christ”
“I’ve got to share the Gospel with them or they’ll never know Jesus”
“I led ___ number people to Christ”
How many of you have heard these sentences or derivatives of them? I certainly have. I came to know Jesus in a denomination that preached these sentiments faithfully. That and you must be baptized to be saved. Thankfully, I read the Bible for myself and discovered that neither of these things are true.
Baptism is a good thing. It shows the world that we belong to Jesus but it doesn’t save us anymore than reciting the “sinner’s prayer” saves us. Saying these are necessary means that something other than the blood of Christ is necessary for salvation.
And it’s not.
I know I may get some panties in a wad over that one, but it’s true. God calls and when he calls we can’t help but answer. That prayer doesn’t save us. Baptismal regeneration doesn’t save us. These things are works.
It is only his work that saves us. His work on the cross that took our sin and his work calling us to himself. He softens hearts and he hardens them. There is nothing we can do apart from him to make a person be saved.
Yes, I am commanded to share the gospel and I do but if I miss an opportunity, and I have missed plenty, I don’t have to beat myself up over it. Yes, I can be sad that I missed it and I can repent for missing it but God is big enough to send someone else.I am not anyone's only hope; Jesus is! #Christonly Click To Tweet
I am not that person’s only hope. God is. More specifically, Jesus Christ is. God sending his only begotten son to live sinlessly. To die painfully. To take the sin that we should bear.
If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:10
He is fully capable without me to call a person to repentance without me. God is unstoppable.
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