Jesus on Salvation

It does­n’t take much thought to real­ize that no one knows more about sal­va­tion than would the Sav­ior, and His words in John 6 are illu­mi­nat­ing. Specif­i­cal­ly, vers­es 35–40 are in view here.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall nev­er thirst.” Verse 35, NASB

Jesus declares Him­self to be that which can eter­nal­ly nour­ish mankind. When we come to Christ in faith, we par­take of His life, and we nev­er more shall lack that life. It is impart­ed to us, eter­nal­ly. We shall not hunger and we shall nev­er thirst, for we shall have been giv­en life, eter­nal & blessed.

“But I said to you, that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. 37All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will cer­tain­ly not cast out. Vers­es 36, 37, NASB

Jesus is talk­ing to unbe­liev­ers — those who desired more ordi­nary bread (v. 23) as opposed to those who desired the Liv­ing Bread — and He comes straight out and tells them, (para­phrased) “You have seen Me, the pow­er and author­i­ty that I have. Yet you have not believed in Me. Any­one who the Father does give to Me will come to Me, and I’ll not turn them away or cast them out.”

We see imme­di­ate­ly the sov­er­eign­ty involved in sal­va­tion. The Father brings peo­ple to the Christ, and it is they who will be received by Him.

No amount of “I’m a good per­son, so I’m going to Heav­en” is going to cut it. There’ll be none in Heav­en claim­ing they are there because of a good fam­i­ly, a good life, or a good church. No, those who are received into Heav­en are per­son­al­ly invit­ed there by the Father, with their admis­sion being paid by Jesus Christ. Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your name be the glory!

“For I have come down from heav­en, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has giv­en Me I lose noth­ing, but raise it up on the last day. Vers­es 38, 39, NASB

Seem­ing­ly antic­i­pat­ing the objec­tion of the Jew­ish audi­ence, Jesus pro­ceeds to link His min­istry with the ulti­mate will of the Father in Heav­en. In para­phrase: “The Father wants me here, and so I have come down from Heav­en accord­ing­ly. And this is His desire: those who He gives to Me will nev­er be lost — how could they be, when I have a hold of them?! When it’s all said and done, I will raise them up to be with Me!”

Oh and what won­drous love it is! We saw in pre­vi­ous vers­es that not only will Jesus def­i­nite­ly receive all those the Father gives to Him, but also that every­one the Father choos­es will come to Christ. He’ll become their desire, and He will not cast them away.

But Jesus does­n’t stop with the bless­ing, for here we find anoth­er inef­fa­bly pre­cious promise: It is God’s will that none of Christ’s peo­ple should be lost! They will be risen up with Christ when the time is ful­filled! For the true believ­er in Christ, there is now no con­dem­na­tion nor any risk of ulti­mate­ly falling away from Him! You have Jesus’ word on it!

“For this is the will of My Father, that every­one who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eter­nal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. Verse 40, NASB

Up to this point, sal­va­tion accord­ing to Jesus has been very God-centric:

The Father choos­es who will be brought to Jesus.
The Father brings them to Jesus.
Jesus accepts them.
Jesus keeps them.
Jesus will raise them up at the end.

But Jesus shifts par­a­digms in verse 40. Sud­den­ly, man’s respon­si­bil­i­ty is in view. Sud­den­ly, we have an answer to the ques­tion, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30, KJV).

Do you want to know how to be saved? Do you want to be assured that at the last time, Jesus will raise you up?

Believe. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31, KJV).

That is the one & only way of sal­va­tion. You can­not be saved by trust­ing in your own good­ness. You can­not be saved by trust­ing in your fam­i­ly, your race, your church, your bap­tism, or the fish on your car.

You see, every­thing we do to please God is noth­ing more than filthy rags. We can­not please God. We are sim­ply too sin­ful.

That is the mar­vel of sal­va­tion. It isn’t about us. It is all about Jesus. He is Won­der­ful. For those the Father has giv­en to Him, He has tak­en up Him­self their sin, and the Father stands ready to count Jesus’ right­eous­ness as theirs.

Just believe.

And you will have eter­nal life.

You may ask, “If it’s all up to the Father — if those who are saved are only those who He gives to Christ — why both­er believ­ing?” Your belief is a tes­ta­ment to your elec­tion. Many will active­ly choose to dis­be­lieve in Jesus for sal­va­tion — a great deal will con­tin­ue to trust their own right­eous­ness in what­ev­er forms it may take. I urge you not to be among that crowd. Par­take of the Liv­ing Bread; drink of the Liv­ing Water. Believe in Jesus Christ.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name be the glo­ry for­ev­er and ever. Amen.

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Rick Beckman