PASTOR'S PEN: No matter what

No matter what. Few things fit into that phrase. I really enjoy my truck, but if I said, “I will keep my truck no matter what,” you would know that is certainly not true. It could be in an accident, get old or a time could come where I buy something else.

No matter what. When you find something that fits into that phrase you should pay close attention. Is that true? For all time? Across all cultures? No matter what?

God tells us that anyone who believes in Christ will have eternal life. It’s easy to doubt that. Like Naaman in 2 Kings 5, it sounds too simple, or like the Samaritan woman in John 4 we may think that such a holy God would have nothing to do with us. But in 2 Timothy 1:15-16, the Apostle Paul squelches our fears with this statement:

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy, so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.”

You may want to go back and read that verse again more closely. God sent Christ to save us. If you believe on Christ — God in flesh who died for your sins and rose again — then you will receive eternal life … no matter what you’ve done. Do you have sin that others cannot forgive? God will. Do you have sin that nobody else knows about? God does and will still forgive. Do you think you are unworthy of forgiveness? You are but through Christ God makes you holy.

It’s an amazing gift! And it is for us as horrible sinners so that we can be made right before a holy God. What can we do but thank Him for giving what we didn’t deserve and could never earn.