POSTED 01 MARCH, 2004
Of all the doctrines and teachings of our faith, one remains the most critical: the doctrine of salvation. If a person does not get this right, then he or she has no chance of being in God’s Kingdom. The written Word of God is clear that a person who does not come to faith in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), repenting of his or her sins, and is spiritually regenerated will suffer the reality of eternal punishment.
We will examine the critical areas of the salvation message, some of which are avoided, knowingly or unknowingly, by various Bible teachers today. The doctrine of salvation is very important, but it unfortunately often remains one of the least discussed within our faith today. It is most important, because it affects how we live today and has eternal consequences for the hereafter.
The doctrine of salvation is one of the most easy, but one of the most difficult concepts for some to understand. In Mark 10:13-15, Yeshua tells us that we are to come to Him like a child, innocent and humble, and if we do not have this attitude then we may not enter into eternity with Him:
“And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Yeshua saw this, He was indignant and said to them, ‘Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all’” (Mark 10:13-15).