Why Jesus saves

Image “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Yes, God saves ungodly folks like you and me because He loves us and doesn’t want us to perish. He rather wants us to live with Him forever. Of course this is a very brief and elementary statement but none-the-less true. Tens of thousands of volumes have been written attempting to mine the depths of the doctrine of salvation (Soteriology). I will not attempt to cover that ground but I will tell you what I’ve been thinking about today.

God doesn’t save people to make them religious. Nope. It was religious people who demanded that Jesus be crucified. In fact many of those whose voices were loudest were in fact the most religious!

God doesn’t save people so they can go to church. If you think so you are wrong. There are lots of people who go to church as regular as the movements of a Swiss watch and God is offended by them.

God doesn’t save people so they will be prosperous. Do you doubt it? Try reading the New Testament. What about Jesus and his disciples, how much stuff did they own? Oh, then there is the last half of Hebrews 11… If you follow Jesus your life might not be a happy one is a gentle way to say it.

God doesn’t save people so they can be happy. Hmm, how about the great Apostle Paul, or Peter? They were beaten, thrown into prison, etc., etc. Happy? Are you serious?

In my next post I’ll talk about some reasons God saves ungodly, undeserving sinners.

Thinking out loud,


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