Salvation for the Weak

Jan 23, 2015 1811

By Desmond Ford

LambsIt has been well said that the religion of many people is like a headache – they have no desire to lose their head, but it hurts them to keep it. This leads to the question: Is Christianity hard or easy? Or put another way: Is Christianity possible only to those who have a strong will, or can even moral weaklings “hold out” and “hold on”? A third way of asking the question is to inquire, “Does salvation depend mostly upon God’s doing or mine?”

The Apostle Paul wrote, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” “For there is no difference: … for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him” (Rom. 1:16; 10:12).

The word gospel means “good news,” but Christianity would not be good news if those with handicaps through heredity and environment were thereby outside the pale of salvation. The Scriptures, however, promise that through the gospel “he that is feeble … shall be as David,” and of all who will ultimately be saved it will be written that they “out of weakness were made strong.”

In other words, our salvation depends more upon God than upon us, for the Bible is emphatic that all persons, whatever their temperament or natural advantages, are powerless of themselves to live a righteous life. “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).

To encourage all who become aware of their weakness, it is written that “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world… the weak things of the world… and base things of the world, and things which are despised” (1 Cor. 1:27,28). He promises to thresh mountains of difficulty with human “worms.” Heaven is for “every one… that believeth” – Great-heart or Little-faith.

– Des Ford. Rom 8:27–32 (From “Christianity Made Easy”)

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