THE REST OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY

God did not send His only begotten Son to be born in a barn, live a short poverty-level life, and be crucified as atonement for sin and then turn it over to depraved man to accept or reject the deal. When our Sovereign God begins a work, including this rescue mission, he finishes it—he leaves nothing to chance or fickle sinners.

Jesus spells out His plan in six statements beginning with “No one…,” found in the Gospel of John. His words are simple enough for a youth to grasp, profound enough to stagger the mind of an intellectual:

1. “No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3).

Fallen man is spiritually dead and cannot see, let alone choose to believe the gospel, until God gives him spiritual rebirth. Just like his physical birth, man has no control over it.

2. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (John 6:44).

The indwelling Holy Spirit inclines the will of those reborn to come (Eph. 2:4-5). They choose to believe Jesus because God has given them the want—inclined their will—to choose Him.

3. “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

There are no paths to God other than faith in the completed work of His son, Jesus Christ.

4. “No one takes it [life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:18).

Jesus’ death on the cross was not a catastrophic accident. It was divinely planned as an atonement for the sins of those chosen for rebirth.

5. “No one can snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).

A reborn soul drawn to Jesus will never fall away—he cannot lose his salvation. 

6.) “No one will take away your joy” (John 16:22).

Seven simple words that need no explanation. This plan of salvation for sinners is the very core of the Bible: The free gift of God—“eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ro. 6:23b)—the most important, transformative message that can enter the mind of man.

“No one…”: Jesus explains saving grace, by JDW, expounds on these six statements, readable in an evening.  The ebook is free today and tomorrow, Jan 3-4, 2021.

See you in church.

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