Human effort in Salvation?
Many passages say we must do something so lets take a look.
Luke 13:24 — Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
(Strive is a strong word –
- Make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.
- Struggle or fight vigorously: “scholars must strive against bias”.
|endeavour – endeavor – struggle – try – fight – aspire)
John 6:27 — Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life
Acts 14:22 — Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
1: At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2: And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3: And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Hebrews 4:11 — Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
2 Peter 1:5-8
5: And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;[…]
8: For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:14 — Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
There are also passages telling us we are “Co workers with God” etc.
So clearly salvation is conditional not unconditional and takes some effort on our part. We must be Disciples and we must count the costs.