Even though there is no Christian notion of ‘saving grace’ in the Hebrew Scriptures it is taught that Ha Shem always offers even the most evil person the possibility of repentance or turning back (teshuvah) Ezekiel 33:7-19. “But Noah found grace (ken) in the eyes of the L-RD.” Gen. 6:8. As did Moses and the people of Israel in Exodus 33:12-16. King David wrote in Psalm 84:12, “For the L-rd G-d is a sun and a shield; The L-rd gives grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
However the capstone for grace is found in Zechariah 12:10, “And I will pour upon the house of David, And upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; The spirit of grace and supplication; And they shall look upon Me because they have thrust him through; And they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born.”
Listen to how the Hebrew Scriptures close with II Chronicles 36:22-23,”Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the L-RD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the L-RD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying: ‘Thus said Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth has the L-RD the G-d of heaven, given me: and He has charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whosoever there is among you of all His people – the L-RD his G-d be with him – let him go up.”
It ends with ‘Hope’ (tikvah) and ‘Grace’ (ken) unmerited, undeserved, unwarranted favor. They are still the ‘apple of His eye’ and He loves them unconditionally! To escape His grace is to escape His love; to escape His love is to escape His power; to escape His power is to escape His presence; to escape His presence you would have to be non-existent and you are not because you are right here, right now reading this article. So, you still have hope and G-d’s favor is still being extended to you. So, you still have time to (shoob) turn your life over to Him right now, this very moment!
Let me share with you a testimony of a Jewish friend; “My life was filled with tradition, following Jewish rituals, Holy Days and Holidays. The importance of conformity was essential to my self worth. All feelings of being ‘OK’ were based on other’s acceptance of me. Since I came from a dysfunctional family (Dad died when I was eight and mom worked full time or was absent) my essential needs for security were missing. Taking care of my younger brother was one of my responsibilities as well as keeping our house clean.
Techniques to survive the heavy emotions of loneliness led me to mystic religion and unstable relationships. Though I was ‘running away’ from myself I always kept wondering if there was more to life. Each night in my pains of loneliness I would even leave half my bed for the Creator. As a Jewish girl I had no knowledge of a personal Creator but knew there was One. The first seed was planted by my younger brother when he gave me a copy of the ‘New Covenant.’ I was ready to receive the parable about Yeshua and how He was ostracized.
He knew and could identify with my loneliness and I said to myself, I want a friend like Yeshua. My heart was finally ready for the Gospel and an instructor at my university approached me with the Creator’s wonderful plan. When he told me that the Creator spoke to him, I was astonished that He would talk to anyone and that day I too received the gift of ‘Eternal Life.’
He has blessed me in so many ways and has given me the pleasure of praying for others as well. This confirmation of His hand on my life through prayer is such a sense of self-worth. However, being Jewish and knowing for certain that I have ‘Eternal Life’ and have been completely accepted by my Creator and am of tremendous worth to Him made my life fulfilled and complete.
May I ask you a personal question, ‘Have you come to the place in your spiritual life where you know for certain that if you were to die today, right now, you have ‘Eternal Life?’ Or would you say that is something you are still working out?
Let me phrase it a different way, “Suppose, you were to die today, right now, and you found yourself standing before the Almighty and He were to ask you, ‘Why should I let you into My presence?’ What would you say?” Oh, He would never ask that, how do you know?
We know we are all going to die and appear before the judgment and He is going to ask us some questions and that one is as good as any other right, of course right!
Have you ever wondered why we were created or for that matter why we exist? The Hebrew Scriptures tell us that G-D loves us and created us to have perfect fellowship with Him.
Jeremiah 31:3 says, “Yea, I have loved thee (YOU) with an everlasting love; Therefore with affection (loving-kindness) have I drawn thee (YOU).” You see ‘Love’ is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person. Love is not a feeling, you feel, when you get a feeling you never felt before. That’s a hot bath, that’s not love. Love involves a commitment, a covenant, a choice, a sacrifice, and giving, hoping for nothing in return.
Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou makest me to know (yada) the path of life; In Thy presence is fullness of joy; In Thy right hand bliss (pleasure) for evermore.” WOW! Fullness of joy; pleasure and bliss forevermore. G-d created us for this kind of fellowship and relationship but it does not exist, WHY? A little three letter word says it all!
G-D cannot fellowship with man because of man’s ‘SIN.’ Psalm 53:2-3 says, “The fool has said in his heart: ‘There is no G-d’: They have dealt corruptly and have done abominable iniquity; There is none that doeth good. G-d looked forth from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there were any man of understanding, that did seek after G-d. Every one of them is unclean; they are altogether become impure (morally corrupt); There is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (There is no one who is righteous but G-D, No One!)
Isa. 57:12, “I will declare thy righteousness; Thy works also -- they shall not profit thee.” Ecc. 7:20, “For there is not a righteous (just) man upon the earth, that does good, and sins not.” Prov. 20:9 says, “Who can say: 'I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?” No one!
Isaiah 59:1-2 says, “Behold, the L-RD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; Neither His ear heavy ,that it cannot hear; But your iniquities have separated, Between you and your G-d; And your sins have hid His face from you that He will not hear.” Sin is anything less than perfection in thought, word or deed. You may bowl a 300 game once in awhile but you can’t do it every game. We may have some pretty good days and then there are those others we don’t want to discuss. Deut. 18:13 says, “Thou shalt be whole-hearted ( tameem - perfect) with the L-RD thy G-d.”
You see sin is part of our nature, we are born with it. As a bird is born to fly, and a fish is born to swim, man is born to sin. Man is a sinner internally, Gen. 6:5, “And the L-RD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Man is also a sinner externally, Psalm 130:3 says, “If Thou, L-RD should mark iniquities, O L-RD, who could stand?” Job 15:14-16 says, “What is man that he should be clean? And he that is born of a woman that he should be righteous? Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones; Yea the heavens are not clean in His sight. How much less one that is abominable and impure (filthy). Man who drinks iniquity like water!"
How can man resolve this problem, try harder, do more good deeds, give more money, join a synagogue, no, why? Because G-D will not recognize man’s efforts to remove the sin-barrier between Him and man no matter what he does or how hard he tries. Isaiah 64:5 says, “And we are all become as one that is unclean, And all our righteousnesses are as a pollutted (filthy) garment; And we all do fade as a leaf, And our iniquities like the wind, take us away. And there is none that calleth upon Thy name” Actually in Hebrew the word filthy is (ayd) and the word garment or rags is (beged) and is translated ‘Lap-Rag’ or (shamatah) in Yiddish. It does not sound very lady like but G-d is trying to draw a picture of what our (mitzvot) or good works look like to Him for salvation.
The Latin, Roman Catholic Douay version states it, “And we are all become as one unclean, and all our justices as the rag of a menstruous woman; and we have all fallen as a leaf, and our iniquities like the wind have taken us away.” Jeremiah 2:22 says, “For though thou wash thee with nitre (lye soap) and take thee much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before Me says the L-rd G-D.” Soap only cleanses the outside but G-d is interested on the inside, on the heart. I Sam. 16:7 says, “For man looks on the outward appearance but the L-RD looks on the heart.”
Isaiah 1:18 Shows us that our sins can be washed away. This is the difference between feeling clean and being cleansed. “Come now, and let us reason together says the L-RD; Though your sins be as scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” Jeremiah 17:9-10 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and is exceeding weak --- (anash –incurable - beyond cure) --- who can know it? I the L-rd search the heart, I try the reins…”
Let me share another Jewish friend’s testimony with you: “I was born and raised in a conservative Jewish home. When I was 22 years of age, I became convinced that the Messiah of Israel Yeshua had already come and that He was an incontrovertible fact of history! I was going to a Synagogue regularly and during the services I felt good about myself, I even felt clean. However, there were things in my life that proved that I wasn’t really a righteous man and that I was separated from the Creator. Then I met several believers at a coffee house run by a local congregation and they showed me that the things I was experiencing in my life were what the Jewish Scriptures called sin.
I then discovered that Yeshua was the solution to my sin problem and that He was the Kipporah for each of us. I then received ‘Eternal Life’ and instantly knew there was a big difference between feeling good and being declared righteous; between feeling clean and being cleansed. But most of all knowing for certain that I have ‘Eternal Life’ and am completely accepted by my Creator, made my life fulfilled and completed.”
So we are faced with a dilemma or a problem. G-d loves us and desires true fellowship with us but sin has broken that love relationship. Remember we are dealing with a ‘Holy G-D’ One who demands Holiness from His followers, Lev. 19:2, “You shall be holy; for I the L-RD your G-d am holy.” Holiness demands holiness, not tolerance, not forbearance, holiness! There are no scales in heaven, no weights and balances, just a throne and the ‘Melech Malchay ha Melachim,’ (The King of the King of the Kings).
The Almighty, Blessed be His name, has a solution for our dilemma, and there has only ever been only one, He requires a 'Blood Atonement' for sin! In Exodus 12:13 it says, “And the blood shall be to you for a token (owth – sign) upon the houses where you are, and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and there shall no plague be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” The blood of the lamb had to be applied to the lentil and the two door posts (mezuzot) or all the first born in that house died. Ex. 12:29 says, “And it came to pass at midnight that the L-RD smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt.” Why, because they did not take G-d at His word! Holiness demands holiness, not tolerance!
Leviticus 16 talks about the ‘Day of Atonement’ (Yom Kippur) and the blood of bulls and goats to make atonement for sin. Again the blood had to be applied to the altar and the horns of the altar and the mercy seat, the kipporah just the way G-D instructed the priests or they died. (No Excuses, No Exchanges, No Substitutes, No Blemishes, No Delays) Holiness demands, holiness. It seems the less frequent a sacrifice was offered, the more value it had; daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, once and for all! The Sin Offering made atonement for the individual by means of a sacrifice; The Passover made atonement for the family by means of a sacrifice; Yom Kippur made atonement for the nation of Israel by means of a sacrifice: and The Messiah would make atonement for the Nations by means of a sacrifice.
Leviticus 17:11 says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls for it is the blood that makes atonement by reason of the life." (for the soul) So we see it is the blood that makes atonement because the life of the flesh is in that blood and science has verified this today. That is G-d’s way; man’s way is good works or religion, G-d’s way is blood atonement. That’s the Torah and nothing has replaced the Torah, not tradition, not culture, not ritual, not heritage, not anything!
So, G-d requires a blood sacrifice for atonement for sin, no substitutes, so where is it? Prayer, Fasting, Alms Giving? G-D says, ‘Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin!’ Don’t despair, the Almighty provided that atonement as the last Jewish man shared in his testimony through Israel’s Messiah. There are hundreds of prophecies pointing to the first and second coming of Israel’s Messiah and many can be debated by both sides but two are all we really need, Daniel 9:24-26 tells us when the Messiah would come and Isaiah 52:13-53:12 tells us Who to look for.
Daniel 9:24-26 says, “Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to forgive iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophet, and to anoint the most holy place. Know therefore, and discern, that from the going forth of the word to restore and to build Jerusalem unto one anointed, a prince, shall be seven weeks; and for threescore and two weeks; it shall be built again, with broad place and moat, in troublous times. And after three score and two weeks shall an anointed one be cut off, and be no more, and the people of a prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;” JPS
Daniel 9:24-26 says, "Seventy weeks are determinded upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlating righteousness, and to seal up the vision and the prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know, therefore, and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks, and three score and two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after three score and two weeks, shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself; and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary..." KJV
The 70 weeks, are weeks of sabbatical years as seen in Gen 29:27 with Jacob and Rachel, “Fulfill the week of this one…” seven years. The starting date of this prophecy in Dan. 9:25 was the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem and the wall in 444/445 BCE, the 20th year of King Artaxerxes’ reign in Neh. 2:1,17. The first seven years were for rebuilding the city, the next 62 years were history for a total of 69 weeks of years or 483 lunar years or 476.4 solar years. Just subtract 476 from 444 BCE and you get 32/33 CE when Messiah the Prince would ride into Jerusalem on “the foal of an ass.” Zech. 9:9. Then not long after this the city and sanctuary would be destroyed and utterly wasted and that happened in 70 CE by Titus a prince or the son of Vespasian the Emperor of Rome. However, before this could happen Daniel said the Messiah would have to come and complete His work of redemption and be cut off, die a horrible death, and not for Himself!
So Dan. 9:24-26 gives us the specific time for the coming of Israel’s Messiah, a mathematical formula, before the destruction of the temple in 70 CE. Actually Dan. 9:24-26 gives us the Who – Messiah; What – Die; Where – Jerusalem; When – 33 CE; How – Violently.
The other prophetic passage that paints us a portrait of the atonement through Israel’s Messiah is Isaiah 52:13-53:12. Just a normal cursory reading of that passage would lead the average person to conclude it’s talking about a person, an individual, a special person, but none the less a person.
The Rabbinic position today is that the ‘Suffering Servant’ in Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is the nation of Israel, but Isa. 52:13 begins with a particle of interjection ‘Behold’ demanding your attention to the next statement, “My Servant!” This is a marker used to enliven the narrative. The common Jewish opinion today was put forth by Rashi in 1,100 CE in the midst of great persecution and by 1500 CE it was an established interpretation. However, it was still opposed by the majority of the Rabbis until the 19th century. (See other rabbinic thoughts under the site entitled ‘Isaiah 53 and Rabbinic Thoughts’)
Isaiah 49:3 says, “Thou art My servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But when you read the context you see that this Servant v.1 is called from the womb; v.1 from his mother’s womb; v.2 his mouth is a sharp sword; v.5 he is to bring Jacob, Israel to G-d; v.5 though Israel be not gathered, yet He will be glorious in the L-rd’s eyes; v.6 He will raise up the tribes of Jacob; v.6 He will be a light to the Gentiles. So obviously ‘The Servant’ is a person who shall come forth from the ‘Servant Nation Israel.’
If the ‘Servant’ is Israel in Isaiah 53 then who is the “We” in Isa. 53:2,3,4,5,6,7; and who is the “Our” in Isa. 53:3,4,5; and who are “my people” in Isa. 53:8 and who is the “man” in Isa. 53:3 and why are all the nouns and pronouns in Isaiah 53 in the singular referring to an individual and not plural referring to a nation? Also the ‘Servant’ in Isa. 53:11 is referred to as a “Righteous Servant” and Israel is referred to as “Unrighteous” in Isa. 1:4-9. As you can see there are a multitude of problems making this passage apply to Israel.
This passage of Scripture breaks down into five triplets Isa. 52:13-15, "The Servant Exalted" v. 13 He is exalted, extolled, elevated, lifted up in some way; and then in v.14 He is so marred, so distorted, more than any man, his face and form did not even look human, indicating a brutal beating of some sort. v.15 The world was awestruck by this brutality in fact the kings and nobility covered their mouths in astonishment when they saw it.
Isa. 53:1-3, “The Servant Despised” v.1 The challenge is to believe, believe what? The Messiah is going to die. This is the first time in Scripture this is stated, the bare arm of the L-RD is revealed, Isa. 52:10 the (zeroah); v.2 speaks of his birth, nothing fancy, just plain and ordinary, no form, no comeliness, no beauty, just a plain, ordinary man; v.3 speaks of his reception or rejection. The word despised means forsaken and destitute, shunned by the leaders, and acquainted (yada) introduced to grief, pain, sorrow, sin and disease.
Isa. 53:4-6, “The Servant Wounded” v.4 He bore, lifted (strong word) our griefs, sorrows, sicknesses and pains, all plural. He was stricken (naga) violently like a leprous person, on this basis the Talmud calls the Messiah, ‘The Leprous One.’ v.5 He was mortally wounded, literally pierced or bored through fatally for our transgressions or sins, bruised or utterly crushed for our iniquities, rebellion and moral evil and striped, blows that cut to the very bones for our peace, our Shalom. v.6 Why, because we have all gone astray, to err morally, to sin ethically and the L-RD laid on him, to strike violently, our iniquities, our lawlessness, he became our Sin-Bearer to remove our sin-barrier, he suffered the infinite wrath of G-d for you and me because G-d loves us with an infinite love.
Isa. 53:7-9. “The Servant Cut-Off” v.7 This servant went to his death silently, like a lamb to the slaughter, like a sheep to the shearer. Whatever virtues Israel has as a nation and they have many, suffering silently is not one of them, nor mans, just violate one of his rights and watch. But this servant went bound, humbly, silently to the slaughter. v.8 This verse speaks of an illegal trial, no justice, no judgment, no defense, none. He is cut-off, cut-down, destroyed, exterminated, a violent death, the kind they date things from, a special word, used for the execution of a criminal. This is the first time Scripture ever indicates the Messiah would die and die a violent, horrible, death, but not for himself. Note the end of v.8 “For the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due.” If the ‘Servant’ is Israel then who are ‘My People’ to whom the stroke was due? v.9 They assigned his grave with the wicked (plural) condemned, guilty, wicked criminals, hostile to G-d. And with the rich his tomb; they assigned his grave with the wicked but buried him in a rich man’s tomb! The word for tomb or death is an intensive plural, he died a million deaths. Innocent, no violence, no deceit, no guile, no sin, just silence! Nine verses of suffering, now three verses of satisfaction.
Isa. 53:10-12, “The Servant Satisfied” v.10 It delighted the L-RD to utterly crush him to pieces, like a worm under the sole of your shoe, Oh how G-d hates sin. He put him to grief, pierced in the dead Sea Scrolls; G-d appointed his soul to be a sin -offering, to see if it would offer itself in restitution, full, total, compensation, sold to pay the debt in full (Salem). He shall see his seed, speaking of life after death or resurrection; He will not leave him in the grave Psalm 16:10-11. v.11 This is talking more about the resurrection, He shall see the travail of His soul and shall be satisfied, this is after the servant is crushed, beaten, bruised, and pierced. He is looking back on v.1-10 rejected, despised, stricken, smitten, wounded, bruised, chastised, stripped, oppressed, afflicted, slaughtered, cut-off, deaths, leprosy, marred, deformed, forsaken, pains, disease, crushed, poured out, travail, grief, restitution, silent, etc.
‘See his seed,’ ‘Prolong his days,’ ‘Purpose of the L-RD,' all speak of the resurrection and ‘Eternal Life.’ But whatever else you see in this verse you must see justification, being made right with G-d. ‘My Servant The Righteous One’ is very emphatic in the Hebrew, the lawful, just perfect servant of the L-RD. To justify the many means to vindicate or declare righteous, in Hebrew, ‘To Save!’ How? By sprinkling of the blood in Isa. 52:15. “He shall bear their iniquities,” How? By being their Sin-Bearer! The perfect sacrifice, a propitiation, a satisfying sacrifice, G-d is finally totally satisfied. (saba) v.12 This verse really talks about the second coming of the Messiah. In v.1-10 we see the Servants birth, life, death and sacrificial offering; in v.11 we see the Servants resurrection and justification but in v.12 we see the future kingdom the L-RD will give His Servant, ‘a portion with the great and the spoil with the mighty.’ Psalm 2 bears this out. Why, “1- He poured out his soul unto death; 2- He was numbered with the transgressors; 3- He bore the sin of many; 4- He made intercession for the transgressors.” Here you have Imputation, the great transaction of the Bible, my sin imputed to Him and His righteousness imputed to me. This Servant is not just the Savior of the Scriptures; He is the Sin-Bearer of the Nations, Isa. 52:15 and he makes intercession for us right now.
The "Suffering Servant" is revealed in His ‘High Priestly Ministry’ Isa. 53:12, “He bore the sin of many.” The Servant paid a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay. It was as if hell were placed in His cup and He seized it with both hands, lifted it up to the Father and thanked Him for it and with one mighty draught of love, drank damnation dry.” This Servant took our Hell that we might receive His heaven, does that sound like Israel? King David was rejected and sent into exile due to Israel being in rebellion against G-d. He sent a message to the elders of Judah. Yeshua sends the same message to Israel today, “You are My brethren, you are My bones and My flesh. Why then are you the last to bring back the king?” II Sam. 19:12
Salvation, Redemption, Eternal Life is all the same thing but how does someone receive ‘Eternal Life’ whether they are Jewish or Gentile? G-D requires personal acceptance of the Messiah for redemption no matter what your heritage or lineage is and it is as simple as ‘A.B.C.’ G-D does not make this difficult, man does. Ps. 16:11 says, “Thou wilt show me the path of life (Eternal Life). In thy presence is fullness of joy, at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (I don’t know what you call that, but I call that heaven!)
A – Acknowledge that we are sinners; sin is anything less than perfection in thought, word or deed; (chet) We missed His mark; We didn’t bowl that 300; We are not perfect Deut. 18:13; We are sinners internally and externally; and We need to do something about it (teshuvah) Repent, turn from your way to G-d’s way, from your Mitzvot to His Maschiach, this is the Head Part.
B – Believe that G-D has provided a Sin-Bearer to remove the Sin-Barrier; To believe something is to put all your faith, trust, confidence and credence in that object or person, like an unshakable faith in G-D. Abraham believed G-D and it was imputed to him for righteousness. This is the Heart Part, moving your knowledge 18" from your head to your heart. If you go to a doctor and he examines you and gives you some medicine for your illness and you refuse to take it you are saying, you don’t believe the doctor. To prove you believe the doctor you must Receive or take the medicine. You can’t believe without receiving and you can’t receive without believing.
C – Call upon His name for Redemption, Salvation, Eternal Life; This is the Mouth Part; The Hebrew word for call (qara) ‘to summon Yahweh for help’ is seen very early in Gen. 4:26. So calling on G-D for spiritual or material help is Biblical. To call on G-D is just one of many forms of prayer, voicing the cry of our hearts and lives. This one being the most important of all, Eternal Life. “Call ye upon Him while He is near.” Isa. 55:6 “Whosoever shall call on the name of the L-RD shall be redeemed (malat - saved).” “I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the L-RD.” Ps. 116:13. Once you have Acknowledged and Repented; Believed and Received; and Called the only thing left to do is Rest in His finished work. Prov. 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the L-RD with all thy heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge Him and he will direct thy paths.” Just like Adam and Eve in Gen. 3:21 when G-d brought the coats of skins and presented them, all they could do was, receive them and put them on, the sacrifice was done, they couldn’t add to it or take away from it they could only accept it or reject it. The same is true for you and the choice is yours to make. You can accept G-d’s free gift of ‘Eternal Life’ through His Messiah Yeshua ha Mashiach, Jesus The Christ or you can reject it, the choice is yours, I have made mine.
If you would like to receive G-d’s gift of ‘Eternal Life’ and have your sins forgiven, you can do that right now, right where you are, by praying from your heart to the heart of G-D. You need to Acknowledge that you are a sinner and tell G-D what you have done and Repent, tell G-D that you are genuinely sorry; Believe that Yeshua/Jesus died to pay your sins penalty and Receive Him into your heart and life; Call upon His name for redemption or salvation and Rest upon His finished work. My son is a lifeguard and if you were drowning and Acknowledged it that would not save you, you would drown knowing you were drowning; if you turned to the shore and saw the lifeguard, my son and Believed with all your heart that he could save you, you would still drown believing he could save you, you have to do one more thing, make the CALL! All three elements are essential to save a drowning man, he must acknowledge he is drowning, he must believe the lifeguard can save him and he must make the call for help. It is the same with salvation, you have to Acknowledge you are a sinner and drowning in your sin, you have to Believe the Savior can and will save you, but you 'Must Make' the Call. ‘The Choice Is Yours!’
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