You Need God’s Word to be Saved

Those who do not seek God’s Word will never be saved.

Agree or disagree?

Allow the following passages to aid your thinking:

“For by grace you are saved through faith.”

Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”

“Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.”

12 thoughts on “You Need God’s Word to be Saved”

  1. “In 1952, when I was twenty-one and still an atheist studying philosophy at Yale, I picked up a copy of Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain and began to read about the author’s pilgrimage from secular intellectualism to the Trappist Order. As I read, my mind became enlightened by the reality of the presence of God. It suddenly became clear that behind all the beauty and order in nature and human art there lies a divine creative wisdom, an infinite personality whose beauty is past change. In Merton’s metaphor, it seemed as though a window in the depths of my consciousness, a window I had never seen before, had suddenly been opened, allowing a blazing glimpse of new orders of existence. My mind was suddenly filled with streams of thinking which reordered my understanding around the central fact of God, streams which I knew were not rising from any source within my natural awareness, which now seemed a desert by comparison. Immediately, irrevocably I was no longer an atheist. If someone had spoken to me about a ‘leap of faith,’ I would not have known what they were talking about; for there was no gap to leap. I felt that I was in contact with God.”

    Richard F. Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life (Downers Grove, 1979), pages 229-230

  2. Does the experience of one man nullfiy Romans 10:13-17? Is having faith that there is a God the same thing as being saved?

  3. Jeff,
    We both know the only faith that saves, is saving faith. James and Paul both say that our works, are the fruit of a transformed life. Did Mr. Lovelace possess saving faith? I don’t know, but he claims he met God that day, hopefully he followed through and trusted his life with Christ.

    How about the thief on the cross, was he earnestly searching for God, or did God find him? I’m sure there many more folks that God by His sovereign will has rescued, that weren’t earnestly seeking after Him.

    Salvation is a gift, God can bestow it upon whomever He wishes, to those who are searching, and to those who have turned away from Him, for only God can change a sinful heart, and when God frees our heart, we can freely choose Him.

    Sin has blinded all men to the goodness of God. There is not one who is “good”, no not one.
    But.
    For whom the Son sets free, he is free indeed.

  4. Chip,
    Just so there is no misunderstanding, the first quote above is not about me personally, it’s a quote from a book written by Richard F. Lovelace. I should have made that clear with an opening qualifier, my bad.

  5. Now the LORD had said to Abram:

    “Get out of your country,
    From your family
    And from your father’s house,
    To a land that I will show you.
    2 I will make you a great nation;
    I will bless you
    And make your name great;
    And you shall be a blessing.

    3 I will bless those who bless you,
    And I will curse him who curses you;
    And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

    As far as we can tell by scripture Abram wasn’t seeking after God, He sought out Abram. So I know Romans 10:17 is true, but sometimes God does the seeking after. But I believe we are to preach/share God’s word to whomever is in front of us, for that is what he commands us to do.

    So I agree we need God’s word to be saved. The wording of your question is tricky though , I believe the truly saved will seek after God’s word, but the first step sometimes may be God’s and not ours

  6. I worded the question after the verse in Psalms, which initially started my pondering on the subject. I think many things may draw a man to seek Christ, and the man who uses what draws Him will seek the Word, which is where he finds Christ and is ultimately saved.

    To me, hearing God’s Word is THE only way to be saved. You may realize there’s a God through creation, but you don’t inherently know the Gospel apart from the Word. Creation may illustrate aspects of the Gospel, but creation does not tell us that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day. That is all “according to the Scriptures.” Spring may illustrate resurrection, but it does not tell us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

    There can be no impartation of spiritual life apart from the Word.

    “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” John 6:63

    I’m good with this, and sounds like what you were driving at there too, Paul. But I will let you take the wary step of publicly agreeing with me, I will not foist such a thing upon you by way of assumption!

  7. Jeff,
    I want to retract my last sentence. I believe God takes the first step, as in seeks us, reaches out towards us ALWAYS!

  8. Jeff,
    We must have past each other in cyber-space, I do agree we can only be saved by hearing/reading God’s word. The wording of your question is very interesting, because whom is seeking whom? I believe God is seeking us, why He would want to be my father is beyond me, but I’m so grateful He chose me.

  9. Hi Jeff,

    I have been taught that a person can be “saved” from different things in scripture and it depends on the context of a passage as to what a person is being saved from. I can think of four different types of salvation off the top of my head (I am sure there are more):

    1. Salvation from physical death.
    2. Salvation from the penalty of sin (salvation from eternal damnation).
    3. Salvation from the power of sin (sanctification).
    4. Salvation from the presence of sin (eternity in heaven).

    The first two passages you quote above I certainly agree with you that those are salvation type #2 (what most Christians think of when you use the word salvation). However, are you sure that Psalm 119 is speaking of type #2 salvation instead of type #1?

    Thank you.

    Glenn

  10. A fine point Glenn. Based on the context, it may be referring to salvation from turmoil, but it may also refer to salvation salvation.

    I guess I’m not convinced one way or the other by the context, which probably means I shouldn’t use it dogmatically one way or the other but apply it as a general principle–if you want God’s deliverance on any level, listening to His way of deliverance is your best option. Or die.

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