THE WORK OF BELIEVING? by steve finnell
Is believing that Jesus is the Son of God something man does or something God does for man?
John 6:28-29 Then they said to Him, "What shall we we do, that we may work the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." (NKJV)
Jesus told them to believe in Him. Jesus did not tell them God would impute faith to them so they could believe.
1 John 3:23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ....(NKJV)
God commanded all to believe in Jesus Christ. God's commandments are voluntary. God does not force anyone to believe and be saved.
John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (NKJV)
Men have choice to believe or reject Jesus as the Son of God. Why would God condemn those who did not believe if they were not given the opportunity to believe?
To be saved from the penalty of sin men must do the work of believing that Jesus is the Son of God.
IF MEN REFUSED TO SEEK GOD THEN THEY WILL NOT BELIEVE IN HIS SON?
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (NKJV)
God does not force salvation on any person.