Terms and conditions
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.
Romans 10:9 (NIV)
Have you ever noticed that the terms and conditions of any purchased item are in very small print. The print describing the merits of the product are bold and in bright enticing colours, the terms and conditions are miniscule by comparison. We could arrive at many cynical explanations for this fact.
When Jesus gave up His seat at the right hand of His Father, there were no terms and conditions. He offered no buts, no excuses, no justifications as to why He should not become the Saviour of the world.
Some might feel humanity, being on a self-destruct course, is hardly worth saving. Thankfully that is not how our triune God sees us. Our wonderful father has immense and infinite love for us, and He knows that we cannot save ourselves. That is why Christ gave up His majestic glory for 33 years and lived as a human being (Philippians 2:6-7).
Are there terms and conditions for salvation that we need to adhere to? Are there pre-conditions? Thankfully for us the only stipulation God asks of us is that we truly believe that Jesus is Lord and that He was raised from the dead for our salvation (Romans 10:9).
There is no ‘catch 22’, nothing that can trip us up, except our own unbelief. Our calling is very precious; we need to treat it with respect and value it. Let’s heed our calling, and accept our Saviour who asks us to believe in Him – no hidden agendas, no loopholes, or caveats – just believe in Me.
Our human nature teaches us to mistrust small print with much justification, however, as Christians, we must trust our Saviour and follow Him constantly. There is an eternal lifetime guarantee attached!
Father, thank you for your patient love for us – as the world declines into more and more mistrust of everything, we ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith and resolve to follow you always. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Study by Irene Wilson
About the writer:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International, and also serves on the Pastoral Council.
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