A post from several years ago about access to Christ.
25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
My college years were spent at a Southern Baptist liberal arts university, and for several summers I worked at a considerably large youth camp. A significant number of my close and lifelong friendships were formed during these years. Many of these friends are involved in some aspect of vocational ministry and most of those that are not, are highly involved in their local church. So it is common for me to hear and even engage in conversations concerning theological topics. The scope of these conversations range from minor differences of thought or opinion to very weighty issues. One of the weightiest of these issues is that of predestination. Did God choose some of us for salvation, while leaving the rest condemned to hell and without a chance, or do we all have access to God through Jesus Christ? Much of the time this topic is couched in the language of Calvinism versus Arminiansim. If those words confuse you, it is ok; they are typical theological terms that some like to throw around to show their own perceived intelligence. I can simply explain them this way; there is a shirt hanging in my closet that on the front says: Calvinism – This shirt chose me, and on the back says: Arminianism – I chose this shirt. Now I do not think it prudent to debate this issue here, but I do want to address the question of whether or not we all have access to God through Christ, based on these two verses.
Just yesterday as I was listening to a sermon by a former college professor the thought of, what if God did not choose me, entered my mind. I was able to quickly dismiss this doubt by remembering the time when I first placed my belief and trust in Him and by recognizing how I have grown and matured in Him in the over twenty years since. I suspect that many of you have or have had similar thoughts and doubts. That is why I dearly love what Jesus says to Martha in this passage.
At the beginning of verse twenty-six He says; “and everyone”. I think this is significant on several levels. First, had He been teaching a large crowd or even speaking to the twelve disciples, using this phrase would make perfect sense. Yet, He is in a one-on-one conversation though and still goes with this word choice. I think He by doing so rather than saying, “and if you, Martha”, He is intentionally stating that His coming sacrifice and the pathway to God which it opens is available to any and all.
So today do not fear or worry that you are not chosen. Have confidence that God has made His love available to you through His Son.