Yesterday we discussed that God is a covenant maker. If you didn’t get to read the post start here:
Our covenant is a true blessing! We were helplessly trapped by sin doomed to Hell for our wickedness. Then Jesus died on the cross to take away our sins and to set us free from the addictive power of our sin nature. All we have to do is: turn to Jesus, trust Him and make Him God of our lives. Now, I’m not the brightest bulb in the chandelier but that deal seems like a real win to me.
Yet throughout the world today men and women are trying to pretend that there are better deals or other options. Many go so far as to say Heaven is obtainable without ever acknowledging what Jesus did. That is deception. The Apostle Peter said it this way.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 NIV
I suppose one of the issues people have is that God doesn’t give the option of negotiating the deal. It’s not like God laid the plan out before mankind and said “Do you like this?” Or “Let’s find a better solution together.”
Nope! God isn’t big into asking our opinions. Judging solely on my own life choices I guess I understand His silence in that regard.
The fact is we are given only one choice choose, Jesus or don’t go to Heaven. It’s sort of the same choice he laid out before the Jews: “Accept My covenant or have your name erased from under Heaven.”
It sounds really hard even narrow-minded until you consider that every way that is not God’s way leads to deception pain and destruction. I guess when you see it that way God’s covenant is really the only viable option!
What do you think?