By Pastor Don Bosley
QUESTIONS for reflection.
- How much belief is enough?
- How many faithful acts are enough?
- How much profession is enough?
- What about those who have never heard?
- What about those who don’t have the capacity to choose (or act)?
- When does the clock actually run out?
REFERENCES for reflection.
PSALM 91:2: I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
JOHN 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
ACTS 4:11-12: Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
1 TIMOTHY 2: 5-6: For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.
ROMANS 10:9-10: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
MATTHEW 7:21: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
MATTHEW 25:44-46: “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
JAMES 2:14: What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?”
ROMANS 8:38-39: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 JOHN 4:13-18: This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.