I hope I get saved in this post (and you get saved too)

saved me

Dr. Radmacher used to pray that he would get saved whenever he got up to preach. I pray that I get saved while writing this blog post. I hope that you get saved when you read it. And no, I am not talking about eternal life in any of those sentences.

It’s possible to believe in Jesus but not be saved…

salvation and saved

It is possible to believe in Jesus for eternal life (and of course, receive eternal life as a result), but still not be “saved” from many of the temporal and physical consequences of sin, or from sickness, or from enemies, or from many of the other negative things that can happen in life.

It’s impossible to believe the entire gospel

believe in Jesus

We receive eternal life, not be believing the entire gospel (this is impossible anyway), but by believing in Jesus for eternal life. Though one does not need to believe the entire gospel to receive eternal life (and nobody can believe all of it anyway), one of the central truths at the heart of the gospel which must be believed is the truth about God’s absolutely free offer of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the Gospel; Calvinism is not

Jesus is the Gospel

Some Calvinists say that Calvinism is the gospel. I say that Jesus is the gospel. There are no four laws, five points, or six steps to the gospel. There is only Jesus. When a person is presenting “the gospel” they obviously cannot share everything, and so they do their best (along with the help of the Holy Spirit) to pick and choose which truths of the gospel should be shared in that particular context to those particular people.

My wife couldn’t stop laughing as she read this…

marriage operating system

When I showed this image to my wife, she laughed. She laughed a little too much… It was hard for her to stop laughing… Hmmm…