The Rescue In Chile Has Some Great Lessons For Men Today, by Leon Brashear

It is hard to imagine how relieved these miners must feel after being trapped for so long. We admire their courage! It is also rewarding to see how many people worked so hard to save them. As I am writing this article the men are being pulled to safety one by one. Not one miner expressed a desire to stay where he is so far beneath the earth’s surface. There are some great lessons we can learn from the rescue of these miners. The majority of people alive today are lost in sin. As these miners depended upon others to save them, so we must depend upon Christ Jesus for our salvation (Jn. 3:16; Heb. 2:9; Heb. 5:8-9). As these men were hopelessly trapped without outside help; men today are in a hopeless situation without Christ (Acts 4; 12; Jn. 14:6; Mt. 16:24, 26). These miners had to accept the way of escape provided. As far as I know not one of them complained about the means of their rescue. We also need to realize that Christ has provided a way of salvation for all mankind and he desires that all men be saved (Mt. 28:19-20; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Tim. 2:4). It amazes me that so many reject the way of salvation Christ has provided and set up a religion that pleases them (Mt. 7:21-23). When Jesus says in Jn. 14:6 that” no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”; it seems plain enough that we need to find the way to the Father he has provided. Instead of looking to men and man made religious bodies we better look to Christ. There is a plan of salvation that brings one into Christ. It includes faith, repentance, confession of faith in Christ and baptism for the remission of sins (Heb. 11:6; Lk. 13:3; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:37; 1 Pet. 3:21; Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 3:27). Upon our obedience to the commands of the gospel we are added to the church which is the kingdom over which Christ now reigns (Acts 2:47; Mt. 16:18-19; Col. 1:13; 1 Cor. 15:24). We must continue faithful until we die or Christ returns to have our eternal reward in heaven (Rev. 2:10). Please check out the following links for further study on this eternally important http://www.tftw2.org/Tracts/baptismsaves.html    Does Baptism Save? http://www.tftw2.org/Tracts/stepsofsalvation.htm    The Steps of Salvation? http://www.tftw2.org/Articles/blessingsinchrist.htm    Blessings In Christ

Leon

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