John 6:40—The Will Of God And Salvation

By David J. Stewart | January 2011

John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son,
and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

       I love John 6:40, because it explains numerous other passages of Scripture which are oftentimes misinterpreted. One such passage is Matthew 7:21-23...

Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Evangelist Ray Comfort in THE EVIDENCE BIBLE errantly teaches that this Scripture refers to false Christians who still “tell 'fibs' or 'white' lies, take things that belong to others, have a roaming eye for the opposite sex.”[1] Mr. Comfort teaches that the false prophets are those who still harbor lusts and lies in their heart, claiming that those individuals are not saved because they have never truly repented.

Ray Comfort is theologically flawed in his understanding of salvation and repentance. It appears that Dr. John MacArthur has infected many people with his arrogance and damnable teaching of Lordship Salvation.

Matthew 7:21-23 plainly tells us that those false prophets standing before God in judgment had failed to do God's will concerning salvation. That's exactly what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH THE WILL OF MY FATHER which is in heaven.” John 6:40 tells us the will of the Father; but first let's look at another Scripture that is often misunderstood...

1st John 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Taken by itself, 1st John 2:15-17 almost seems to teach that salvation requires giving up the sinful world and the lusts of the eyes and flesh to be saved; but that is not the case at all. We read in 1st John 2:17 that whosoever DOETH THE WILL OF GOD abideth for ever. So what is the will of God concerning salvation? I'm glad you asked.

John 6:40 plainly tells us in black-and-white what the will of the Father is to be saved...

John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

There you have it... the way of salvation is to BELIEVE on the Son of God. We see Christ in the Scriptures, as Jesus taught in John 5:39...

John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which TESTIFY OF ME.”

The Word of God testifies of Jesus Christ, Who is the incarnate Word (John 1:1-3,14). Jesus' name is “called The Word of God” in Revelation 19:13. Jesus is precious!

John 6:40 irrefutably and incontestably proclaims that the WILL OF THE FATHER for salvation is to believe on the name of Jesus Christ. Thus, the false prophets in Matthew 7:21-23 had never trusted upon the Lord. They foolishly thought (as do Lordship Salvationists) that salvation requires making Jesus one's LORD, but it isn't God's plan. Those false prophets even called Jesus, “Lord, Lord,” but God cast them into Hell forever because of their false gospel. Lordship Salvationists falsely claim that a sinner must make Jesus Lord to be saved; but you don't make Jesus Lord, JESUS IS LORD!

The group of heathens in Matthew 7:21-23 are Lordship Salvationists who go around saying “Lord, Lord,” but they are of the Devil. They are teaching a perverted gospel of Works Salvation, requiring sinners to stop sinning in order to be saved. What a self-righteous and hypocritical false doctrine! Buddy, if a person has to cease from sinning to be saved, then we're all going straight to the Lake of Fire!!!

A changed life is the FRUIT of genuine repentance (James 2:18-21); and not a part of the ROOT of saving-faith (Romans 4:5-6). Abraham was saved in Genesis 15:6 when he believed the Lord; but Abraham's faith was demonstrated in Genesis 22:10 when he offered up his son Isaac in obedience to God.

John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” You had better thank God for His merciful gift of eternal life and just receive it by faith in Jesus Christ. That's all God requires for salvation. Salvation is received, not achieved. John 6:40 is abundantly clear on this matter, the will of God to be saved is to simply believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God...

John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son,
and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”


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