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.