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Salvation  

1. Not of Blood

Notice, it is not of blood  that one is born into the kingdom of God.  We may inherit a great many natural characteristics from our parents. We may inherit their features, disposition.  But one thing is sure, we cannot inherit the grace of God. 

The epistle of Ephesians 2:8 states that we obtain the grace of God only through faith. It is our faith  in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and his death on the cross for our sins that God requires for our salvation. 

The apostle John, in his Gospel, was speaking to the nation of Israel.  The Jew prided himself in the fact that Abraham was their father.  As the seed of Abraham, the Jew was chosen of God.  They boasted, in the law given to them.  They did not feel the need of salvation through repentance.  The Jew could not see their need of a savior. 

The apostle Paul confronts their view of salvation by inheritance in Romans 2:17. behold thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law  and makest thy boast of God. Paul asserts that, according to the Jew, salvation is based upon observances of the Law which was given to them and that the Gentiles are excluded from salvation because “they have not the law.” 

Paul's refutes their claim to salvation through their Jewish heritage in verse 29 of that same chapter; Behold he is a Jew, which is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter (of the law) whose praise is not of men, but of God. 

John tells the Jews that salvation is not inherited.  Today, that truth is still valid. Salvation is not inherited i.e. “not of blood.” 

Simply because you come from a religious family, does not guarantee you a place in heaven.  Having a Christian mother or father does not grant you the right to a place in heaven.  John says, salvation is not of blood. Salvation is not inherited.  Romans 3:23 states “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  All have sinned and fallen short of God’s absolute holiness and perfection. All need a personal Savior. Inheritance has nothing do to with salvation.

2. Nor of the will of the flesh

What does that mean? It simply means that you  do not make yourself acceptable to God by determination.  No one can ever become a child of God simply by deciding to be so.

John 3:6 "that which is born of flesh is flesh." 

Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, speaking of the resurrection of the dead, teaches us that there are different realms of existence. Verses 38--39 speak of the two distinct realms of existence in the physical world, the animal world  and the human world. 

Contrary to the theory of evolution, the barrier between the animal realm and the human realm cannot be crossed...read 1 Corinthians 15:37-39.   

In verse 40-42 Paul speaks of the celestial bodies as being distinct and separate from the animal world and the human world. 

Paul also declares that there is another realm. The spiritual realm. The body that is sown (buried) as a natural body (human) will be raised a spiritual body  (Vs.44)......" if there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.45 so it is written the first man Adam became a living being, the last Adam (Christ) a life giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven...as was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth, and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.. and just as we (the children  of God) have borne the likeness of the earthly man (by natural birth and existence) so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. 

There is an unshakable truth...the  natural man cannot give birth to the spiritual man. For they are from two different realms. 

1 Corinthians 15:50 states this concept simply, "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God."  

The flesh (our human nature) is powerless because it does  not have the capacity to free itself from the grip and bondage of sin.  By ourselves, (self-effort), we cannot overcome the power of sin in our own nature.  Paul states concerning the human nature...I know that nothing good lives in me, that is in my sinful nature...for I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out...Rom 7:17,18-(NIV)-.in Vs 20 he says, so I find this law (principle, concept) at work.. when I want to do good, evil is present right there with me....he cries in Vs 24...what a wretched man I am, who will deliver me from this body of death... i.e. this fleshly nature which will cause me to die and experience eternal separation from God almighty.....

 I Corinthians verse 29 reminds us that no flesh will glory in God's presence. It is futile to  think that by attempting to live by some personal code of ethics, no matter how noble they may be, we will be saved. We are warned that when we stand before God, we will find that even our best attempts to live up to God's standards of holiness, righteousness and perfection will fall woefully short and we will not be allowed entrance into the heavenly kingdom.

Rom 8:7,8,13...The carnal (fleshly, sinful ) mind is  hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so..


Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. If you live according to the sinful nature (controlled by your fleshly, human nature) you will die.. but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeed of the body (human nature) you will live.

Galatians 5:17,18..

For the flesh lusteth (fights)  against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary to one another; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 

3. Nor the will of man

Christianity is much more than a religion. Every religion has one basic characteristic. Its followers are trying to reach God, find God, or please God through their own efforts. Religions reach up to God. Christianity is God reaching down to man. Christianity claims that men have not found God but that God has found them.  For many, this is hard to accept. Mankind prefers religious effort. That is to say, we prefer to deal with God on our own terms. Mankind feels good about "being religious."

Becoming a Christian is not striving to adhere to set creeds of man or practices that sooth our conscience and make us feel good about ourselves (that somehow by being religious we have "evened things out")

Man is a religious creature, he seeks to discover God, he is uncomfortable with the inner knowledge that he alone is unique among creation and that "something is out there."  Man vainly attempts to create a means to approach whatever is  "out there." So man is forced to have some sort of belief system to quiet his conscience and find peace. 

Religion seeks to redefine or manufacture a “god.”

Mankind tries to make up a god from human imaginations...God often becomes an extension of our humanity. We attempt to create "god" whether intellectually, (in our minds) or, a tangible “god” that can be seen. Our best efforts only reveal a “god” that is no higher than our humanity.  The Bible declares, “who is like unto thee oh LORD among lords?”  

Romans chapter one tells us that mankind once knew God, but suppressed that knowledge and their hearts became darkened.  Mankind, by suppressing the knowledge of the true God, lost the true concept of God and his majesty, holiness and righteousness.  Mankind sunk into paganism, and invented all sorts of "religions" whereby he may satisfy the craving and longing within his soul. All to no avail.  No system of manmade religion will satisfy the longing heart, no religion born of the will of man will bring peace and eternal life, Man made religion does not grasp the reality of who God is and  only leads man further away from God.      1 Cor 1:21.. "the world through wisdom, knew not God. The wisdom, the intellect of mankind cannot perceive the true God and therefore cannot lead the soul to worship God.  To  worship God is to first know him and man made religion cannot know God. Why? Because mankind has suppressed --and therefore -- lost the knowledge of God.. 

Becoming a Christian is not striving to be religious...to become a child of God is to respond to what God has already done for us.  The Christian life is a relationship with God, not a religious treadmill.

John 1:13 "which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man.....but of God .”

 

Only from God

In this verse (13) we find that God reveals the way mankind enters into the family of God, here we learn that our spiritual existence depends totally upon what Christ has done for us.

Rom 5:6. For when we were without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly.

Mankind, on his own, is  powerless to save himself.  God, in love, provided a means of salvation.  Christ died for us ...in Vs 8 we read that God demonstrated his love for us in that even while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Vs 9 -  for if when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his son, how much more having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life (speaking of his resurrection as proof of God's acceptance of Christ's sacrificial death). You see if Christ's crucifixion were not enough to satisfy the scales of God's holy justice.. Christ would not have come out of the tomb... satan would have had the power to hold Christ in the grave...but praise God, Jesus rose!!!!

John 1:11 states.. to as many as received HIM (Christ) to them gave he power to become the sons of God...

How do I do this?

Read 1 John 1:9 if we confess our sins, he (God) is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness...if we say we have not sinned, we make him (God) out a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

First I must admit that I have sinned, I am not perfect,,, I need to be cleansed from my unrighteousness.

Then I confess my sinfulness to God and HE, at that moment, declares me justified. Not by any merit of mine, but upon the basis of Christ's death on the cross.  I now by faith receive Christ as my personal savior.

We see in this passage that the Apostle  John sets before us the way we must enter into the heavenly kingdom.  All human initiative is ruled out, the new birth is a divine miracle. It is all of God and by God's initiative and will.

This is declared in the favorite verse of the church.. John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

My Inheritance, my own code of ethics or morality, or another man-made "religion" will not save me. All are totally inadequate to balance the scales of justice and only Christ can set me free from the power of sin..

To obtain eternal salvation, to become a child of God, is simply  believing on Christ as your personal Savior and placing your faith in His sacrifice on the cross for your sin.