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How to fix a spiritual cadaver

I give unto them eternal life...  —  John 10:28

Salvation happens because God wants it to.  John said that people enter into life “not of the will of man, nor of the will of the flesh.”  (John 1:13)  We misunderstand everything when we view conversion as a man-initiated act of getting religion with “getting” implying an overt act of acquisition.

People are spiritually dead to start with.  (John 6:53, Eph 2:1)  That’s why we need to be born again — the dead need life.  Life is imparted solely because the Savior comes to the sinner, not the other way around.  This is why salvation has to be viewed as a supernatural act.  Although a change of mind and heart is part of salvation, it’s not the whole story.  You could imagine a sinner deciding to abandon his sins, small things such as a cigarette smoker who kicks the habit or big things like a violent man who stops beating his wife.  Those would be good things, but neither would bring life to the dead.

So, to gain eternal life?  How would you set about manufacturing that?  That’s why the Scripture says eternal life is the gift of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 6:23)  The very nature of life means it can never be anything other than a gift.  People who believe they somehow earn it just haven’t though things through.

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