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No Man Can By Any Means

January 28, 2017

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No Man  Can  By Any Means…….

There are some things  that God puts  in no uncertain terms.     And,  we have  no right  or reason  to argue  with God’s ways.     We are the ones  who are sinners  and lack much understanding.     Therefore,  it is only wise  to accept  what God says  and leave things  in His hands.

One  of the things  some people  want control over  is the salvation  of another person.     But,  the bottom line is  that we have  no control  over anyone’s salvation.     Their salvation  is between God  and them.     Jesus often spoke  of the necessity  of believing  in order  to be saved  unto eternal life.     John 1:12 also tells us,

But as many  as received Him,  to them  He gave  the right  to become children  of God,  even to those  who believe  in His name.

No one can force  another  to believe.     Only those  who  receive Jesus,  i.e. believe in Him,  can  “become children  of God”  in heaven.    We certainly can pray  for those  now living  that they would come  to a true faith  —  but,  they have  to allow  the Holy Spirit  to work  in their lives  to bring them  to faith.     And,  most serious  of all,  no unbeliever  can be saved  after they have died  on this earth.     How do we know that?     There are a number  of helpful Bible references,  and one is Psalm 49:7,

No man  can by any means  redeem  his brother,
Or give  to God  a ransom  for him —
For the redemption  of his soul  is costly,
And he should  cease trying  forever  —
That he should live  on eternally;
That he should not  see the pit.

Nobody  on earth  has any power  of any sort  to redeem anyone else  —  living or dead.     We are too sinful  and unworthy  to buy anyone’s salvation.     If we want  to claim  that we’re worthy,  we’re lying  to ourselves  and God.     Some imagine  they can appease God  by various sorts  of means,  but Isaiah 26:14  bluntly says  of unbelievers,

The dead  will not live,  the departed spirits  will not rise;
Therefore  Thou hast punished  and destroyed them.

To emphasize  our total unworthiness  to save anyone else,  God told Ezekiel  that when He  sends a plague  of any sort  and  has any unbeliever die  in that disaster…….

“… even though Noah,  Daniel,  and Job  were  in its midst,  as I live,”  declares the Lord GOD,  “they could not deliver  either their son  or their daughter.     They would deliver only themselves  by their righteousness.”     ( Ezekiel 14:20 )

God couldn’t be  any more clear.     Our goodness  —  our faith  —  cannot save  anyone else  —  living  or dead.     In all  our living  here on earth,  we must remember Hebrews 9:27,

It is appointed  for men  to die once,  and after this  comes judgment.

Everyone  has only this life time  to live  in faith.     There are no second chances.     Seeing  God’s love  for us,  we put  our faith  in His salvation  through Christ Jesus,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for guiding us  in Your love  and Your truth.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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