The promise of “whosoever”.
King James Version (KJV)
“That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
An absolutely wonderful promise. I have always loved that word, “whosoever”. It means you and I and anyone, who accepts Him as Lord and Savior.
We should not perish, but have eternal life.
Wonderful, except….(why “should”)?
used in auxiliary function to express what is probable or expected
: available to provide extra help, power, etc., when it is needed) (Webster)
That should be, is a lot diferent from will be. Couple that with “might be saved” and it should cause us to rethink what we know as truth.
The foundation of Evangelical belief. (We act like it says will not perish and will be saved).
Does it mean what we have thought all this time? That should and might, ought to make us realize that:
Jesus did the work, we can and should be saved from sin and death, but it is all up to us, to accept His sacrifice and walk in His Grace.
It isn’t a given, what we (whosoever), do with that promise is the key.
Are you walking in the light? (The Spirit, the way, the truth? Have you put on His yoke?)
Are you living His new commandment? Do we love one another? Or just tolerate each other and their views?
If you look in your concordance for “whosoever”, we find most of the time it is used, it is speaking of those who sin, (miss the mark), do something they shouldn’t have.
Whosoever seems to usually end up dead.
What does this mean to me?
We all have a shot at Salvation, it is available, it is promised, and it is a simple blessing to acquire.
We must learn to walk in it. He died for us because He loves us. We must love Him, by serving.
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
Walking with Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
Wide is the way and narrow is the gate…..that “should and might“….ought to make us think.
We have the structure…(rituals, forms, traditions). Do we allow the Spirit to lead?
Lord, help us to be open to Your guidance and love. Help us to follow You through the narrow gate.
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Know you are loved.