“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned but has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:42
One rainy morning on my way to work, as I was going up a small winding curve on a hill, my car lost control and I was heading toward two young boys who were on their way to school. My foot on the break petal, I could see their face in fear of my coming. I asked God to take my life in exchange for theirs... immediately the car swerved and crashed on the opposite side of the road in a rocky ditch. The boys were unharmed. My car was totalled. Was it then that I received the gift of eternal life? After all I gave my life to God. No, I did not receive the gift of eternal life then, either. If I had died then I would have ended up in hell.
We also observed all the Jewish feast days, which took part in the Spring and Fall period. I paid tithe, plus a special tithe set aside for the observance of the feast of Tabernacle, and every third year a special tithe dedicated for the needy in the church. I also keep the special dietary ordinance, staying away from eating unclean food as prescribed in the Book of the Law of Moses. It required a lot of discipline to set aside half an hour minimum of prayer in the morning and at bedtime, and one hour of bible study minimum each day. Surely, at this time you would conclude that I received the gift of eternal life. No. If I had died then, I would have ended up in hell.
So, what does it take to receive the "free" gift of eternal life? Is it by going to church every Saturday or Sunday? Is it by giving one's heart to Jesus? Is it by being part of a congregation? Is it by swearing an oath? Is it by keeping the 613 commandments? Is it by sinning no more? Is it by walking down in front of the congregation stage to accept Jesus as my Lord? Is it by serving in the community? Is it by giving to the poor? Is it by having good conduct and a good reputation? Is it by stopping smoking and drinking? No, none of the above will do. Therefore, what is to be accomplished or done to receive the “free” gift of eternal life?
"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day," John 6:44.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light,” Matthew 11:28-30.
"And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand," John 10:28.
"My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand," John 10:29
Naaman was furious that Elisha did not made a special ritual and prayer to heal him. He left, fuming. However, one of Naaman servant asked him, "Would you not follow Elisha instruction if he would asks you to do something great to show that you are worthy to receive healing? But, instead he asked you to do something simple as to dip seven times in the Jordan River." This convinced Naaman so he followed Elisha instructions to find his flesh restored like the flesh of a little child.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19
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