Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes, Part 6 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #41)

The Bible says in John 5:24: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from D.L. Moody. He said: “The thief had nails through both hands, so that he could not work; and a nail through each foot, so that he could not run errands for the Lord; he could not lift a hand or a foot toward his salvation, and yet Christ offered him the gift of God; and he took it. Christ threw him a passport, and took him into Paradise.”

Our topic today is titled Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes (Part 6) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.

What about the Samaritan woman with whom the Lord conversed at Jacob’s well? What requirements did He lay on her? She had five husbands or men that she had lived with, and the one with whom she was living was not her husband. Plainly, she was living in sin. What an opportunity for the Lord to inject the matter of willingness to leave that immoral relationship in order to have living water (eternal life). What a great case study this woman could have been for all mastery advocates from that time to this. But He had already told her what was necessary for her to have living water — to know the gift (not reward) of God, and who He was, then ask Him for that water.

Even after some of the details of her sordid past and present came to light, Jesus did not change His message. He did allow her to sidetrack Him with her question about where to worship, but He led that part of the dialogue back to the fact that He was the promised Messiah. The Bible does not tell us whether or not the woman left her live-in man and mended her ways, but the record is crystal clear as to how she could have eternal life. People receive the gift of eternal life by asking Christ for it.

The Bible also records clear examples of people who were saved but who lacked, or even refused, commitment.

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Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes, Part 5 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #40)

The Bible says in John 3:14-15: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from B.B. Warfield. He said: “It is never on account of its formal nature as a mental act that faith is conceived in Scripture to be saving. It is not, strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith. The saving power resides exclusively, not in the act of faith or the attitude of faith or nature of faith, but in the object of faith.”

Our topic today is titled Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes (Part 5) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.

The illustration from the Old Testament in John 3:14 does not support the lordship/discipleship/mastery position. The mastery issue was not involved when the Israelites were told to look at the serpent on the pole in order to be healed of otherwise fatal snakebites. They only had to look to live. They did not have to commit to be willing to follow God through the rest of their wilderness experiences. And indeed they did not follow Him thereafter. They may not have complained again about the food they had to eat, but they did sin again very grievously when they worshiped Baal of Peor.

Look and live! Some who looked must have just been bitten. But they saw around them those dead from the bites. Others must have themselves been near death. How long a look? A glance or a minute? How close to the pole? Just within sight or near enough to touch? With sickened, glazed eyes or clear eyes? Those things made no difference. To look was all that was required for healing.

The Hebrew word for “look” used in Numbers 21:8 “calls for no special comment, for it is the common word for seeing with the eyes.” A different root for “look” in Numbers 21:9 “represents that which one does with the eye, embracing everything from a mere glance to a careful, sustained, and favorable contemplation.” So the particular words used in this passage convey no special significance to the kind of look an Israelite had to give.

Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes, Part 4 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #39)

The Bible says in John 1:11-12: “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from A.W. Tozer. He said: “Jesus is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is He the best of several ways; He is the only way.”

Our topic today is titled Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes (Part 4) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.

Some of the favorite New Testament verses about salvation do not include the requirement of submission, but only faith. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” This verse promises that those who receive Him will become children of God. The “Him” is, of course, Jesus, but in the context the emphasis is placed on Jesus as God, not Master of lives. He is the Word; He is God; He is the Creator; He is life and light; He was incarnated; He replaced the Law of Moses; and He was the One who made God known.

The emphasis in John 1:1-18 seems to be that we must receive Him who is God and who became man. It is the God-man Savior whom John asks us to receive. Nowhere is the matter of personal lordship or mastery over one’s life introduced.

Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes, Part 3 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #38)

The Bible says in Acts 16:31: “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from A.A. Hodge. He said: “A church has no right to make anything a condition of membership which Christ has not made a condition of salvation.”

Our topic today is titled Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes (Part 3) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.

Today, we are going to look at the question: Is Acts 16:31 a Call to Lordship?

Today, the discipleship concept of Teacher-student in the Gospels has been transferred to a Lord-servant relationship. We are being told that one cannot be a true believer unless he has surrendered to the mastery of Christ over his life. We are told that a person must take Christ’s yoke when he believes or he is not a true believer. Again we are told that there is no salvation apart from cross-bearing. Or, in order to be saved, “You must accept Christ as your Savior and your Master.”

Thus, for example, Paul’s response to the Philippian jailer’s questions about how to be saved in Acts 16:31—”Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ”—is understood to mean believe in Jesus’ death and lordship (that is, mastery) over one’s life.

Incidentally, why is it that those who teach that you cannot receive Jesus without receiving His personal mastery over the years of one’s life do not also insist that we must receive Him as Messiah (the meaning of Christ) with all that the concept of Messiah entails? That would mean, for starters, that in order to be saved one must believe that Jesus is Israel’s promised deliverer, the one who fulfills many Old Testament prophecies, and the one who is the coming King over this earth. Is the acknowledgment of all that Messiah means part of the necessary content of faith for a genuine salvation experience?