Salvation

Dangerous to Delay

There are some nonbelievers who think it’s okay to live as they please for awhile before repenting of sin and turning to Christ for salvation. But it’s dangerous to delay. The time to be saved is when you hear the gospel, feel the Spirit’s conviction about sin, and understand that eternal consequences await those who reject the Savior’s free gift.

Visit the Jesus tab if you are interested in finding out more about the free gift that is offered to every person.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, August 11, 2019.

All that the world has to offer

The real person is the soul, who will live forever in heaven or hell. To have all that the world has to offer yet not have Christ is to be eternally bankrupt; all the world’s goods will not compensate for losing one’s soul eternally.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Mark 8:36,37.

A Faithful Influence

2 Corin 2;15

Wherever God’s servant is faithful and is an influence for the gospel, God is pleased.  There is a twofold effect of gospel preaching.  To some, the message brings eternal life and ultimate glorification.  To others, it is a stumbling stone of offense that brings eternal death.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 2 Corinthians 2:15,16.

Beautiful Idol

Jeremiah 44;16-17

The same trees that are used as fuel for fires to furnish warmth and to cook also provide wood for people to make idols, which they worship and to which they entrust their prayers and themselves.  Nothing could be more foolish than worshiping as deity a piece of wood, while burning the same wood in a fire to keep warm.  Idol-makers cannot comprehend the idiocy of creating gods from materials used for the most trivial domestic purposes.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Isaiah 44:12-19.


Isaiah 44;8b

Rewards of Labor

1 Corin 3;7

Now he who plants and

he who waters are one,

and each one will receive his own reward

according to his own labor.

1 Corinthians 3:8

It is the Lord alone who can give the faith to the spiritually ignorant and dead.  Salvation is God’s work of grace to whom He chooses to give it (Romans 9:15-19; Ephesians 2:8,9).

But all the human instruments God uses to produce salvation life are equally considered and rewarded for their willingness to be used by God.  But all of the glory goes to Him, who alone saves.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 3:5-7,8.