God promises eternal life to all who believe in and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. But do we have any responsibility beyond believing?
These scriptures make it plain that eternal life is by the grace of God through faith in Jesus, not by our own efforts or works of obedience. No one will ever be able to boast that he has earned orthat he deserves the gift of eternal life. Salvation is God's to give, not ours to demand.But back to our question. Is anything required on the part of the ones receiving God's wonderful gift of eternal life?If there is an authority on receiving eternal life, it has to be Jesus Christ. After all, He is the one through whom we receive it.Christ is called the author of our salvation: “. . . Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:8, 9).Since salvation comes by faith, what does this scripture mean when it speaks of “eternal salvation to all who obeyHim?” If Christ's saving us is a gift we cannot possibly earn, what doesobedience have to do with eternal life? If we must dosomething to receive God's promise, how can it be a gift?Christ the authority on eternal lifeSince Jesus is the author of our salvation, let's examine a few of His statements that tell us how we can receive that gift.During Jesus Christ's ministry on earth, He involved Himself in many disagreements with
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