Monday, June 20, 2011

Pondering: Salvation through the doctrines of Christ or the person of Christ?

Pondering: Are we saved because we know all the doctrines of Jesus or because we know Jesus and Jesus knows us.

This is true: What we know about Jesus is what makes us love Him. We could not love Him so much if it weren't for what we believe about his work, his person, his sacrifice. Yet, in the long run...are we saved because God has ordained that we should believe several doctrines about Jesus....or are we saved because God has told us to love His son and to believe on the love His son has for us?

Are we saved because we believe in the doctrines about the inerrancy of the Bible, the nature of God, hell and heaven, man's need of God.....or because we Jesus loves us and knows us?

Is it a heart/love thing....which it the person of Jesus who saves us? Or is it a mind/doctrine thing...which is we know and believe all the things we should know and believe? Or is it an action/legalistic thing...which is...we do all the things we are supposed to do in order to get saved?

I suspect we are saved because God knows us and we are known of God.
But if any man love God, the same is known of him.  1 Corinthians 8:3

But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Galatians 4:9

It is wise to know all the doctrines of Christianity and to believe them. (I'm talking here about the Biblical truth and not the various confused doctrines and traditions of men) But let's remember that what saves us is the personal relationship with God. We trust in Him everyday. We walk and talk with Him everyday. We laugh and cry with Him everyday. We are led by Him everyday. We are not led by our doctrines or our own ideas, but we are daily led by Him.

At the end of time He will say to some, "I never knew you." And he will say to us, "I knew you."

The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

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