Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How Can They Be Saved?

Romans 11:23             And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

The passage before us is one of hope. Hope that the Jews of our day will not persist in their unbelief towards Jesus Christ as God’s Son, the Messiah of Old Testament prophecy. Paul looks forward to the day when they would change their minds and embrace Christ.

Although unbelief separates people from God, it is equally true that faith is the bond that unites people to Him. God is slow to respond to unbelief. Slow because He wants all people to have the opportunity to hear of Jesus Christ. He is slow so that others may be aroused to envy our life as it reflects the true faith and trust in God’s Son. People who do not believe in Christ choose to not believe. They find the story, the promises and the “coincidences” surrounding his life, death and resurrection too much to believe. They cannot fathom in their minds the reality of what the Bible teaches. Unbelief is their only response. Their minds are fixed on the scientific nature of what can be and what cannot be. They need proof.

Faith is not scientifically based. It cannot be proven by measuring or assessing the facts. Faith is defined as “the substance of things hoped for and the certainty of things not seen”. To expect the truths of Scripture to be scientifically or even rationally proven is to expect what can never be. Faith is, by its nature, something not seen but is hoped for.

So the question we are left with is how anyone can believe the Gospel? This is the stumbling point for anyone who does not believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Savior of mankind. The Jews of long ago tripped on this. The unbelieving world today trips at this point. So who can believe? How does someone believe?

Because Jesus lives forever, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him. He always lives to intercede for you. All things are possible with God, because He is able.

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