My Musings – As was usual in His parables, Jesus turned conventional wisdom on its head with some surprising twists.
Pleading His Case – “Teacher” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25, NIV 1978). The question implies a works-based salvation (“what must I do?“) So, unlike the fairly straightforward answer given to Nicodemus, “you must be born again,” Jesus asked the legal expert what he thought. “He answered: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27, NIV 1984). Jesus’ response appears to imply that a works-based salvation is indeed possible – “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” (Luke 10:28, NIV 1984).
Seeking A Loophole – Apparently…
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