We have been looking at Colossians 2:6-10 over the last few days and have been speaking about our completion in Christ. If you have missed any of the discussion you can find it in the following blog posts:
http://wp.me/p39vIx-IQ Pt. 1
http://wp.me/p39vIx-IU Pt. 2
http://wp.me/p39vIx-J8 Pt. 3
Now here is what I am thinking about completion today:
The moment you come to Jesus …the moment you believe He died for your sins… the moment you receive Him as Lord and Savior you are completely saved… that is you are granted eternal life in Heaven. That is the GOOD NEWS that the Bible teaches!
But the Bible also teaches says that all who do not receive Jesus die separated from God and are consigned to a sinner’s Hell. I know that is not a popular thing to preach these days but it is the truth.
11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,
‘The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’[b]
12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12
16 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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18
Many will say “that’s unfair Pastor J why would a loving God only provide one way for men to get to Heaven? Why can’t every man choose His own way?”
The answer is simple: Because man is not God. Only God can save.
It is not unmerciful that God did not provide a hundred ways to Heaven. It is a mercy that He provided any way at all when He did not have to.
That said, those who have asked Jesus into your heart are complete in salvation. We can take nothing away from that salvation and we can add nothing to it. Christian, if you have asked Jesus into your heart you do not need to keep asking him over and over to save you. You have asked He has responded. You are saved and unless you go to Him and say “Jesus I don’t believe in you I no longer want you in my life.” you are saved because you are complete in your salvation.
Has the idea that Jesus is the only way to Heaven ever offended you?