THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO OLD
This is only a gift of information, not a judgment or demand of
From time to time all of us get notes from folks who are concerned
about the spiritual condition of mankind. All too often confusing
terms and phrases are used. I thought it might be useful to make
some parallels and contrasts, from this wholesome hobby we are involved
in, to frame the question: WHERE WILL EACH OF US SPEND ETERNITY?
I often think that a tractor restoration is a picture of spiritual
salvation. That is, a tractor that began it's "life" as
a fine strong useful thing, wears out, rusts rots, and "dies".
This is exactly what SIN in the world and in ourselves, does to
us. When a tractor is restored it is made new again and all it's
faults are repaired. Obviously there are many parallels and contrasts
in this comparison.
Parallel: Just as a Tractor is unable to work without wearing out
and needing RESTORATION,
a Person is unable to live without sinning (doing wrong) and needing
(Romans; 3:10, 3:23, & 5:12)
Parallel: By RESTORATION, the dead and worthless Tractor becomes
new and valuable.
By SALVATION the dead and spiritually worthless Person becomes new
(Romans; 6:23 & 5:8)
Parallel: A RESTORATION takes a commitment and action. Good intentions
SALVATION requires a commitment and personal action. (Romans; 10:9
Contrast: RESTORATION is made available to Tractors on their merits
as seen by the restorer.
SALVATION is available to All People regardless of their merits.
Matthew; 10:32 & John; 3:16)
Contrast: Tractors have no choice about being RESTORED.
People must say yes or no to SALVATION. (Matthew; 10:33 & Romans
Parallel: RESTORED Tractors continue to wear and fade so need maintenance
SAVED People need maintenance and growth. (1 Peter; 2:2 & Hebrews;
Contrast: By RESTORATION the Tractor, is kept new for as long as
the restorer chooses.
By SALVATION the Person is kept new for Eternity, as God has promised
Parallel: Tractors have no means or power to RESTORE themselves.
People are powerless to SAVE themselves. They must trust God. (Ephesians;
Comment: SALVATION is an issue of trust and choice, not of our
own effort, or of one of our
If we choose not to admit our own helplessness and worthlessness,
and choose to trust
In ourselves we won't spend eternity in Heaven. (Acts; 4:12 &
If we choose to admit our lost and lowly state, and trust Jesus
Christ for Salvation we
can spend eternity with Him in a glorious Heaven. (John; 14:6)
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