Just a little push, that’s all

When Christ died for the ungodly, the tumblers in the locks on the gates to eternity magically clicked to the unlocked position. The gates from now on would only need a little push to swing open. The little push needed would be our faith. That’s all, just faith, Romans 5:2, because it’s by faith we gain access “into this grace in which we now stand.” 

And what did Paul mean by “grace” in this verse? In context, he meant the promise of eternal life God made to Abraham, and the grace that made that promise possible for nothing but faith – Abraham’s faith originally, and our faith now.

Faith – Abraham’s faith, our faith, anybody’s faith – pushes the gates open to eternity. Faith in what, though? In Romans 4:17, 5:6 and 5:8, Paul says it’s faith in two things: faith, first of all, that we humans are powerless when it comes to eternity because we are lifeless, ungodly sinners, but faith, secondly, that God gives life to the dead, died for the ungodly and loved us while we were yet sinners (same 3 verses). If we believe, then, that we can’t get into eternity by anything we do but God’s taken care of that for us through Jesus Christ, that’s all that’s needed. Just a little push of faith, and the doors to eternity swing wide open.

We are free to enter eternity! 

And on the gate there’s a sign saying, “Well done!” and underneath it the words of Romans 5:9-10, “Since you have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall you be saved from God’s wrath through him! For, 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!”

If we’re then wondering what happens after the doors to eternity swing open, well, for a start we never have to fear God’s anger again, verse 9. That’s a relief because religion loves the idea of an angry God. It feeds on it, relishing the fear it creates threatening people with eternal torment in hellfire. Hell’s good for business. Yes, it’s true we’re God’s enemies, and religion is right to say that, but Christ took care of that on the cross. And when we believe that, we’re not God’s enemies anymore.

So what else is on offer, now that the doors to eternity have swung open? There’s a hint in verse 10 – and it has staggering implications for anyone who dares to believe it….          


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