THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS
If you are not in too big a hurry to go to hell, if you have any concern for your immortal soul, if you are at all interested in the glory of God and the truth of God, I urge you to think about these three questions.
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE GARDEN?
Was man totally ruined by the fall, or just partially handicapped? The Scripture says, "In Adam all died." The sin of Adam brought about the total ruin and spiritual death of our race, so much so that the natural man has neither the desire nor the ability to bring himself back into fellowship with God (John 5:40; 6:44). – The Lord Jesus said, “Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life…No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
WHAT HAPPENED AT CALVARY?
Did the Lord Jesus Christ, by his substitutionary sacrifice and atonement, make redemption a possibility, or did he actually accomplish the redemption of his people? The Bible says, "Christ hath redeemed us!" He "obtained eternal redemption for" God's elect. He did not just make it possible for sin to be put away, but he actually "put away sin." We do not sing, “Redeemed because I believe it.” Our song of praise is…
“Redeemed! How I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!
Redeemed through His infinite mercy!
His child and forever I am!”
HOW IS SALVATION ACCOMPLISHED?
Is salvation accomplished by the will of man, or by the will of God? The Scripture says, we are born again "not of the will of man, but of God." It is written, “It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy! ”Is salvation the work of man, or of God? The Bible says, "God hath saved us!" Is salvation by grace or by works? The Word of God declares, "By grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourself. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast."
Think about these things. Will you? If you care for your soul, refuse to hear any preacher or any doctrine that speaks contrary to the Word of God.