God Does The Saving And Keeping
Men trying to save themselves is like grabbing their own bootstraps and trying to lift themselves off the ground and keep themselves up there.
Jonah 2:9b: Salvation is of the LORD.
Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Acts 4:12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Romans 1:16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
1 Peter 1:5: Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 John 5:11: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
Spurgeon on Mark 16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.
Mr. MacDonald asked the inhabitants of the island of St. Kilda how a man must be saved. An old man replied, *We shall be saved if we repent, and forsake our sins, and turn to God.* *Yes,* said a middle-aged female, *and with a true heart too.* *Ay,* rejoined a third, *and with prayer*; and, added a fourth, *It must be the prayer of the heart.* *And we must be diligent too,* said a fifth, *in keeping the commandments.* Thus, each having contributed his mite, feeling that a very decent creed had been made up, they all looked and listened for the preacher*s approbation, but they had aroused his deepest pity. The carnal mind always maps out for itself a way in which self can work and become great, but the Lord*s way is quite the reverse. Believing and being baptized are no matters of merit to be gloried in-they are so simple that boasting is excluded, and free grace bears the palm. It may be that the reader is unsaved-what is the reason? Do you think the way of salvation as laid down in the text to be dubious? How can that be when God has pledged His own word for its certainty? Do you think it too easy? Why, then, do you not attend to it? Its ease leaves those without excuse who neglect it. To believe is simply to trust, to depend, to rely upon Christ Jesus. To be baptized is to submit to the ordinance which our Lord fulfilled at Jordan, to which the converted ones submitted at Pentecost, to which the jailer yielded obedience the very night of his conversion. The outward sign saves not, but it sets forth to us our death, burial, and resurrection with Jesus, and, like the Lord*s Supper, is not to be neglected. Reader, do you believe in Jesus? Then, dear friend, dismiss your fears, you shall be saved. Are you still an unbeliever, then remember there is but one door, and if you will not enter by it you will perish in your sins.