Jesus Offers an Everlasting Salvation

Some people fancy they may be justified one year and condemned another, —children of adoption at one time, and strangers by and by, —heirs of the kingdom in the beginning of their days, and yet servants of the devil in their end. I cannot find this in the Bible…. It seems to me to overturn the good news of the Gospel altogether, and to tear up its comforts by the roots. I believe the salvation Jesus offers is an everlasting salvation, and a pardon once sealed with His blood shall never be reversed.

J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)

“Just Give Your Heart to Jesus.”

Is this Scriptural?

Often an appeal is made to us “to take Christ” or we are urged to “decide for Christ” or “follow Christ” or “give ourselves to Christ” or “give our hearts to Christ.” But, again, I think we must examine this. Is this scriptural? Does the Scripture put it in that way? Surely the Scripture does not ask, “Will you take Christ?” but “Will Christ take you?” Is it possible for him to take me in view of my sinfulness, my vileness, my guilt, my hopelessness? This idea that I can take Christ or not or that I should be pleaded with or cajoled, that pressure should be brought to bear upon me to “take Christ” or “follow him” is wrong – it is “I” all along. But I am a miserable worm, a wretch!

D. Martin Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

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Glimpsing the Blinding Glory of the Holiness of God

All inadequate doctrines of the atonement are due to inadequate doctrines of God and humanity. If we bring got down to our level and raise ourselves to his, then of course we see no need for a radical salvation, let alone for a radical atonement to secure it. When, on the other hand, we have glimpsed the blinding glory of the holiness of God and have been so convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit that we trouble before God and acknowledge what we are, namely “hell-deserving sinners,” then and only then does the necessity of the Cross appear so obvious that we are astonished we never saw it before.

John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 111.