Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:36 ESV)
Interesting the contrast established here.
To believe — trust — in the Son is to not just have eternal life, but to do as the Son invites and commands.
To trust is to do.
But to not trust, to be stubborn, to refuse in the face of eternal life, is to not do.
No distinction here between faith and works, a Protestant shibboleth that I’m fairly certain never meant “sit and believe but do nothing because anything you might do could be construed as an attempt to earn salvation.”
And while seminary taught me never…
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