The only way to be saved is by personal faith in Christ.
In the beginning, God created Adam out of dust and breathed LIFE into him. God gave everything Adam needed on earth as a free gift in grace and love.
But Adam’s sin was to trust in himself.
He wanted to become like God in his own knowledge and strength.
The sin of Adam was self-sufficiency – trusting in human strength/wisdom rather than God’s grace.
Adam’s sin condemned every human being.
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.”
Was Adam’s sin just passed on to every human being unconditionally, without any choice for man? Not at all.
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, BECAUSE ALL sinned”
Paul wrote here that every human being does the same sin as Adam – and this is why Adam’s sin was imputed to all people – it’s because this world teaches us to trust in ourselves and not in God.
So then does it mean that Christ has automatically saved everyone? The answer is no.
Christ has forgiven everyone on the cross.
But people are only saved by their personal faith as Paul writes here:
“Therefore, since we have been justified through FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”
Now let’s look at the case of Abraham.
He was an old man who did not have children.
But God showed him the stars and promised him descendants like the stars.
Abraham BELIEVED and was credit righteousness.
Abraham was unable to have children with Sarah, but He believed God and was made righteous.
Abraham was under the Adamic race but became righteous by personal faith.
Abraham’s faith is THE example of salvation.
Abraham’s inadequacy to have children represents man’s inability to live forever. (we all die like Adam)
So then what does God tell us to do?
Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead. If we BELIEVE in JESUS then we are saved and made righteous – we receive eternal life to live forever with God and Jesus.
Romans 4 “23 The words “it was credited to him (Abraham)” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who BELIEVE in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
70AD was the 2nd coming of Christ when the Law of Israel ended. So does it mean that everyone is saved now without faith? The answer is no.
It’s because all of us still make the same mistake of Adam’s self-sufficiency because this is the system of the world we live in.
Even though the Law ended in 70AD, people still rely on their own strength and not God’s grace.
We do not have eternal life in ourselves.
This is why we still die even today.
I used to believe in Universal salvation but I just don’t see Jesus or any apostle saying that everyone is saved automatically. The entire Bible is consistent that righteousness was by faith.
The Gospel clearly offered salvation only by grace through faith. If everyone is already saved, then there’s no need for the gospel and the apostles wasted their lives dying for no reason. The reason they preached the Gospel and died in the tribulation is that people need to be saved by faith – that comes from hearing the gospel.
The Gospel did not end in 70AD.
It’s an everlasting gospel because this world will not end.
This is why the nations are entering the New Jerusalem after 70AD in Revelation 21-22. They enter by faith in Christ alone – taking the free gift of the water of life.
The Gospel still remains – the truth is that we cannot save ourselves. Therefore we need Jesus more than anything.
God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son – Jesus Christ that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life – freely as a gift.
We can only receive this free gift in this life by personal faith in Christ. There is no hell or lake of fire but if we reject the gift, then we perish/cease to exist when we die.
But eternal life is given to ALL who believe in Christ.
Everyone who believes in Jesus receives the forgiveness of sins, the righteousness of God and eternal life FREELY.
“68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Eternal life is found only in Christ and no other name.
The eternal life is the love of God revealed as Daddy through His Son Jesus Christ to all who believe will live forever even after physical death.
1st John 5
“12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life”
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
Jesus came from the bosom of Daddy God.
When we trust in Jesus and his love then we are embraced in the bosom of Daddy with Jesus in their loving embrace !!!
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Jesus gave up everything to save you.
You are the pearl in his eyes
– so precious to him
Believe and receive his love ❤️
All it takes is simple faith in Christ
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.
48 I am the bread of life.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ:
“You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that EVERYONE who BELIEVES in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39 Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.”
“21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”
“Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness…..God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
John 11 “25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
John 14 “6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
John 6 “whoever comes to me I will never drive away.“
Revelation 22 “17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”
Jesus is the Resurrection Life for all who believe in Him
– by grace through faith.
Everlasting life is the Free gift of unconditional love in Christ.
Receive the gift by faith in Christ.
I do not believe in hell.
The “hell” / lake of fire was the burning of Jerusalem in 70AD
where the unbelieving Jews perished at the hands of Rome. That was the “curse of the Law” for Israel and the Law ended in 70AD.
But the Gospel continues after 70AD because Jesus also came to save us who were never under the Law.
We will all die on earth but God offers the free gift of eternal life by grace through faith in Christ. The free gift is given to all who are thirsty – we can receive it by faith in Christ.
God does not kill anyone but gives ETERNAL LIFE to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
It’s like a Doctor giving the cure to a dying man for free, but the man has to take it in faith. If the man refuses, then the Doctor cannot help no matter how much he loves the patient.
God SO loved the world that He gave His only Son Jesus that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)