What must you or I do to inherit everlasting life with God in Heaven; Timothy Barret says, “Nothing, for Jesus did it all” and Jesus says, “keep the commandments.” Who will you follow? Will you follow Timothy and do nothing, or will you follow Jesus who tells us to “keep the commandments.” Yes, Jesus did it once and for all and for all time; now it is time for us to do our all.
28. Salvation, do I simply do nothing as some would suggest? Is it really that easy? by Leonard Alt on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 1:43pm
TIMOTHY BARRET ASKED THIS QUESTION: What must *I* do to obtain and maintain my salvation (and please provide me the exhaustive list of everything that I must do, please, if possible) ….
LENNY ANSWERS: Timothy, thank you for your very excellent question. I will answer your question if you will answer my question first. What must you or I do to inherit everlasting life with God in Heaven? I will make it easy for you. I won’t ask you for an exhaustive list. Personally, I don’t think you can answer this question correctly. On the other hand if you can, then you will have answered your own question.
TIMOTHY BARRET ANSWERS: Leonard, the answer to your question is nothing, for Jesus did it all. We are saved by grace, not works (Eph 2:8-9). And please do not assume I will get an answer to a question incorrect. It is arrogant and condescending.
LENNY ANSWERS: Timothy, to your credit, you did give a verse of the Bible that has to do with salvation; faith versus works of the law (Eph 2:8-9). Yes, you are correct, Jesus did it all and He also answered my question, something you did not do. Here is the question again; WHAT MUST YOU OR I DO TO INHERIT EVERLASTING LIFE WITH GOD IN HEAVEN? How did Jesus answer it? Jesus said, if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
“Teacher what good must I do to gain eternal life?’ He answered him, ‘Why do you ask me about the good? There is only one who is good.’ If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments” (Mt 19:18).
To the question; what must you or I do to inherit everlasting life with God in Heaven; Timothy Barret says, “Nothing, for Jesus did it all.” and Jesus says, “keep the commandments.” Who will you follow? Will you follow Timothy and do nothing, or will you follow Jesus who tells us to “keep the commandments.” Jesus did it once and for all and for all time now it is time for us to do our all.
There are others who make the statement, “no one can keep the Commandments.” Jesus doesn’t say that; the Apostles do not say that; the Bible does not say that anywhere. In fact, 1John says that people who claim to follow Jesus and don’t keep the commandments are liars. “The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 Jn2:3). Why would Jesus and the Bible ask us to keep the commandments if we couldn’t do it? The fact is this, we can keep the commandments and when and if we fail He is faithful to forgive us.
“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 Jn 3:22).
“The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us (1 Jn 3:24).
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome” (1Jn 5:3).
People who make the statement; “no one can keep the commandments” have the very best of intention; however, they don’t seem to realize that this statement is at odds with Scripture.