Saved By Loving?

Luke 10 is one of those chapters most evangelicals wish wasn’t in the Bible. Well, at least verses 25-28.

A guy asks Jesus what he can do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asks “What is written in the Law? how readest thou?”

Jesus believes a guy can find out how to be saved by reading the Law. This should not shock us, but maybe the guy’s answer should. Many evangelicals upon reading the Law would say “Salvation is by doing sacrifices” or perhaps, “Salvation is by doing works of the Law.”

But this man says that the law says a man is saved by loving the Lord and loving your neighbor. Jesus agrees with this assessment of how the law says a man is saved.

Evangelicals freak here. “We’re saved by faith alone!” Is Jesus, the author of salvation, wrong about how people get saved?

Nope. Nor is He speaking to some Jewish niche group. Faith and love are frequently tied together. The summation of the Law is love and even before Paul explained it, this common Jewish man knew it.

However, this man gets it wrong when he tries to “justify himself” by getting clarification on who his neighbor is (he’s approaching salvation by works). The parable of the Good Samaritan follows.

So, what’s the conclusion? The conclusion is this: people are saved by faith and faith works by love. He that loveth not, loveth not God. If we truly love God faith is genuine.

3 thoughts on “Saved By Loving?”

  1. The book of James does a wonderful job of tying Love and faith together.

    James 2: 14-17
    14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

  2. Indeed. I am expounding on this point some more in the coming week. Already have three more posts written about it!

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