The Question Of Salvation (Part 11, Conclusion)
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
Revelation 22:14 (NKJV)
The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:17 (NKJV)
Matthew 4:19, 8:22, 9:9, 16:24, 19:21; (NKJV)
Mark 1:17, 2:14, 8:34, 10:21; (NKJV)
Luke 5:27, 9:23, 9:59, 18:22; (NKJV)
John 1:43, 10:27, 12:26, 13:36, 21:19, 21:22 (NKJV)
I believe the question of salvation is summed up in two words spoken 19 times by Jesus: Follow me. Follow me. Follow me. Where is He found? In His Word. In prayer. In fellowship. In Spirit. In Heaven.
Yes, we must have faith. 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life' (John 3:16). But works are the proof of faith. Works are the fruit of faith: fruit that others may eat and also be saved.
'To him who overcomes, I give him the right to eat from the tree of life' (Revelation 2:7).
Because 'Even the demons believe' (James 2:19) in Jesus--but their faith won't get them into Heaven. Therefore, unless we're newborn babies, we must work. 'Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling' (Philippians 2:12). 'If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat' (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
Our Leaders work. 'My Father has been working until now, and I have been working' (John 5:17). As for us? Field workers are in high demand. 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few' (Matthew 9:37).
Since our job is making disciples of all nations, we must do it effectively. Showing your faith in your work and by your work is effective. Because some people need more proof: 'Though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father' (John 10:38).
Like Thomas, who refused to believe Jesus was risen--even by the testimony of his fellow disciples: 'Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe' (John 20:25). So God allowed Thomas to see and to touch. Because God has a plan, and it's called salvation.
He will work every right angle until the job is done.
'And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life' (John 6:40). Therefore, follow Jesus diligently for your own safety, your own enlightenment, and your own salvation. But not just that, do it so others may see Jesus in your work. That they also may be saved.
'By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another' (John 13:35).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Question of Salvation series.