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Exceptions regarding Salvation (part 2) Child-Like Faith

“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:3)

Characteristically, young children are both humble and teachable. In fact, they will take your word(s) at face value. Because of such attitudes we as responsible adults must be very careful when dealing with children regarding Salvation. We must take the time to thoroughly cover the important points of Salvation (sin, penalty, Christ and His death, burial, resurrection, repentance, and believing). We dare not by-pass anything, including even the child’s understanding of the facts regarding Salvation. The profound thing about all this is that as great as Salvation is, even a child can get saved. So much so, that Christ actually demands child-like faith in this area of Salvation.

If people are going to be saved, it is going to happen through humility and being teachable. The opposite of humility is pride, and “teachableness,” stubbornness. P…

Expections Regarding Salvation (part 1) "Exceeding Righteousness"

Matthew 5:20 (KJV) “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

The word righteousness means “holy or upright living.” In this passage Jesus used the outward righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees as a way of communicating to us the degree of righteousness required by anyone who claims to be on their way to Heaven. The scribes were men who copied the Law and interpreted the Law. They were perhaps the most educated men in the Old Testament. The Pharisees on the other hand were of the strictest religious order of Bible times. These men were “straight arrows.” And the point I believe that Jesus was saying, is that if any man expected to go to Heaven, they were going to need a righteousness that exceeds even the righteousness that the scribes and the Pharisees exhibited. There is a need for exceeding righteousness. A person must have a righteousness that is gen…

Exceptions Regarding Salvation (Introduction)

The most popular verse in all of the Bible is most likely John 3:16. Most, I venture to say, Christians know this verse by memory, if not they have some sense of knowledge about the verse. After all, who would not be impressed by The Gideons for passing out the (then) KJV New Testaments with John 3:16 in numerous languages within its front pages.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

In this verse we see the magnitude of God's love. Not that we can comprehend it, but because this verse says it, we know that God truly loves everybody, in the sense that He wants to see them saved. I love this thought: You cannot find one person in this world that God doesn't genuinely love. Simply put by Jesus himself: God so loved the world. I don't understand it, but somehow the Devil has convinced people that He hates them. The Bible does indeed speak of God hating sinners, but again, j…