By Stephen Bloom | December 8, 2009
Excerpt from The Believer’s Guide to Legal Issues, Copyright 2008, 2009, by Stephen Bloom & Living Ink Books:
Chapter 14: A Contract with God (an Invitation)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. —John 3:16
As a lawyer, I am often called upon to document contracts for my clients. For example, if someone says to my client,“If you give me fifty thousand dollars, I’ll give you my land”—that’s what we call an “offer” in legal jargon. And let’s suppose my client wants to buy the land at that price, so he says,“Okay, I’ll give you fifty thousand dollars for the land”—that’s what we call “accepting the offer.” Once an offer is accepted, there is an agreement, a meeting of the minds, a contract. Some contracts must be in writing, others can simply be informal oral agreements. But the essence of a contract is the mutual consideration, the give and take, the “I’ll do this if you’ll do that.” At the core, a contract is a binding exchange of promises.
I know lawyers sometimes look at things a little differently, but did you know that the Bible is full of contracts? Of course, not everything in the Bible is a contract. Some things God tells us in the Bible are simply unilateral promises, where God just gives us certain things without asking us to do anything in return, like his promise never again to flood the entire earth. Some other things God tells us in the Bible are laws, where God forbids us from doing something or requires us to do something, like most of the Commandments. Some other things in the Bible are simply God’s good advice, like many of the proverbs, basically God telling us,“Here’s a better way.” And some things in the Bible are expressions of worship or love, such as many of the psalms.
But throughout the Bible, there are also many contracts, places where God tells us, “If you do something, I’ll do something for you in return”—a basic legal contract.
And of all the contracts God proposes to us in his Word, there is one I consider to be especially important. So important, in fact, God provided for it to be mentioned in numerous places throughout Scripture, presumably so we might have ample opportunity to consider and accept this very special offer. One place this offer appears, where the terms of this proposed contract with God are laid out before us, is in Romans, chapter 10, verse 9: “Because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
This offer from God is clear and concise. God doesn’t rely on complicated terminology or confusing “weasel words” such as you might find in a contract written by lawyers. Instead he simply tells us, “If you confess and believe, I’ll save you.”
And to make God’s proposal into a binding contract, all we have to do is accept the offer. Once we’ve accepted the offer, it’s a done deal. God doesn’t say, “If you confess and believe, you might be saved” or “If you confess and believe, I might consider saving you if you’re good enough from here on out.” God’s contract is very simple, with no loopholes. If you confess and believe, you will be saved!
If you’ve never entered into this contract with God, I humbly encourage you to “sign on the dotted line” right now. This is the best and most priceless legal advice you will ever receive from any lawyer.
If you’re ready in your heart to accept the terms, to receive your eternal salvation, I beg you to pray these words, whoever you are, wherever you are, at this very moment: “Jesus Christ, you are the Lord, the Son of God, the only Savior of mankind, my Lord, my Savior . . . and Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross for me, an imperfect sinner, to spare me the punishment I deserve, and that God really did raise you from the dead, and that you’re really living with God your Father in heaven . . . and God, I accept your offer of salvation.”
Amen. May God bless you abundantly!
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