When we are made an offer, we naturally want to know what is in the fine print before we accept. Our responsibility in giving the offer of salvation is to make the terms clear and understood. With that in mind, let's consider what needs to be understood. We are, even if we are in denial, sinful and we sin (Romans 3:23). This sin can't be allowed into Heaven. Jesus suffered and died to pay the penalty for our sin and sins. He offers us a perfect righteousness, His, not ours! (Romans 6:23; 4:6) The channel for God's offer to be given to us is faith. (John 3:16) This faith is such that we believe the facts (to do this is a decision, not some vague, nice, abstract, feeling) and then act on these facts by yielding our lives to His control. It is not of works, no matter how good these works might be (Ephesians 2:8-9). Even faith is not a work, but a gift of God's that we can decide to use in order to respond to Him. We take Him, as "Lord" (Romans 10:13). Don't ever try to separate His Lordship from His Saviorhood. Works do not bring salvation, but salvation produces good works. There isn't even any merit in our making the right decision. God enables us to decide for or against receiving His salvation. Is the potential convert ready to surrender his or her rights to order their own lives and yield to His ordering of their lives? If not, they are not ready to take advantage of the offer. Selah! Let's not make the eternal mistake of softening God's demands! Ron
"Believe on ( take God at His Word and trustingly yield to) the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).