Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Outsiders (Part 12, Conclusion)
God's Criteria For Salvation
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:6 (NKJV)
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
Acts 4:12 (ESV)
In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
Acts 10:34-35 (NKJV)
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9 (NASB)
Within the New Testament, Christians believe John 14:6 and Romans 10:9 reveal God's criteria for salvation. Other Bible Verses, the Parables of Jesus, and His Letters to the seven churches reveal more. Church scholars disagree on the guarantee of salvation. But two fundamentals are inarguable: God is the Judge, not us. God knows everything, not us. Here's what I believe:
1) Jesus is 'The Door' (John 10:7) to Heaven. Everyone must come through Him to God. However, I believe He can be met at the moment of death for earnest outsiders: kindhearted people of love and service.
2) Salvation requires both faith and works for those given time to grow up in Christ. 'I will show you my faith by my works' (James 2:18). Earth time with Jesus is a gift with responsibility. Disciples must bear fruit.
3) Many American Christians follow false shepherds. They live like sweet babies who are carried, but don't walk, read or fight. Others live like the world, embracing idols of accomplishment and acquisition.
4) Following Jesus means carrying a cross, not wearing one. Earthly lives focused on snug churches with easy friends in nice houses on broad streets for safe retirements are not the Way of Jesus.
5) Judging other Christians, religions or lifestyles is wrong. Ambassadors for Christ must be impartial do-gooders: seeking peace, showing mercy, speaking life, raising hope, giving help and walking straight.
6) God's Word is completely true and wonderfully mysterious. It reveals Itself Verse by Verse with persistent effort at the perfect time. The more we learn, the more we discover our dependence on God.
7) Our destinies are never too late, too soon, too wide or too hard. Remember Abraham, David, Moses and Joshua. No matter our simplicity, education or mistakes. Consider Mary, Peter and Paul.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Open your arms to outsiders. It's your destiny and your duty. Jesus did it on the Cross. He's not asking you to carry that One. But He is asking you to carry this one: His witness to the world by means of media. For such a time as this. For such a day as now... to open the door called Salvation.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Outsiders series.