What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?
by Jerry Curry
What Every Joint Supplies?
by Jonathan Perz
What Must I Do To Inherit Eternal Life?
Paul says in I Corinthians 15 that the man who hopes only in this life is to be pitied. We are thankful that God has provided the assurance that eternal life is waiting for the faithful and that it may be attained. Notice first in 1 Timothy 6:17-19, “Charge them that are rich in this present world, that they be not high minded, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life which is life indeed.” Again, from the writings of Paul, “in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before times eternal” (Titus 1:2). God has made provision for every individual to reap the joys of eternal life in heaven with all of its glory.
We ask the very question that the young ruler once asked Jesus, “What must I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
Must believe on Jesus as the Son of God
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) “He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)
Must be obedient to the gospel
“But thanks be to God, that, whereas ye were servants of sin, ye became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto ye were delivered; and being made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17-18)
Must put God first
“And every one that hath left houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29) “But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Must live a godly life
“For bodily exercise is profitable for a little; but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life which now is, and of that which is to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)
“Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge; and in your knowledge self-control; and in your self-control patience; and in your patience godliness; and in your godliness brotherly kindness; and in your brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful unto the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins. Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never stumble: for thus shall be richly supplied unto you the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-11)
- Jerry Curry
What Every Joint Supplies
When I stop and consider the workings of the human body, I can’t help but be reminded of the psalmist’s words, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well” (Psa. 139:14). The way God created the various parts of the body to work together is absolutely amazing.
On many occasions, Paul used the illustration of the human body to demonstrate how the body of Christ should work together. As part of that body, we must take these lessons to heart.
He reminds the Corinthians that no part of the body is more important than the other (1 Cor. 12:12-26). Each part of the body has a function … a role … that must be carried out and is equally as important. Though some roles seem—in our minds—to have more significance than others, God has given each individual a role and when one part is lacking, it harms the whole. This is why when one member suffers, all suffer and when one part is honored, all are honored.
Likewise, Paul reminds the Ephesian brethren that the whole body is “joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Eph. 4:16). The growth of a local congregation hinges on what every joint supplies, not just a few. It is not just the big muscles working individually that make for strength and growth, but it is every single joint working in tandem with the bigger muscles. It is every part doing its share.
The next time you think of your contributions to the work of a local church as meager, think again. A church will only reach its full potential for growth through the selfless contribution of every single member. So contribute your part, supply your talent, fulfill your role and realize our ultimate goal—to glorify the Lord Jesus, the Head of the body.