Wednesday, 21 May 2014

BIBLICAL VIEW ABOUT SALVATION IN CHRIST PART 1



“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, THE LORD KNOWETH THEM THAT ARE HIS. And, Let every one that nameth the NAME OF CHRIST DEPART FROM INIQUITY.  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  IF A MAN THEREFORE PURGE HIMSELF FROM THESE, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and MEET FOR THE MASTER'S USE, and prepared unto every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:19-21


The Word of God is greater than anyone no matter how great that figure might be in Christendom. Salvation is from God. It is a free gift offered by the eternal God to man to redeem his soul from eternal destruction in the pit of hell. It cost God a lot via sacrificing His Son on the Cross of Calvary through the shedding of His blood for the remission of sins. But is made available freely to as many who desire it.


The grace of God is on all who have accepted the Lordship of Jesus after total repentance from sin. We are not saved by our own effort it is by the mercy of God. As true as this statement is we need to understand that God does not force salvation on anyone. IT IS A MATTER OF PERSONAL DECISION THAT ANY INDIVIDUAL CAN MAKE JESUS HIS LORD. Jesus said,


 “COME UNTO ME, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matt 11:28


This was Jesus’ call to salvation. Come unto me is an appeal that Jesus made to the people of His own days and He is still making it today.


“BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR, AND KNOCK: IF ANY MAN HEAR MY VOICE, AND OPEN THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM, AND WILL SUP WITH HIM, AND HE WITH ME. “ Revelation 3:20


There is a decision to be made for anyone to get saved. You must make up your mind to accept the free gift of salvation from God. God does not force anyone to be saved but He wants everyone to be saved but it has to be a personal choice.


He came unto his own, and HIS OWN RECEIVED HIM NOT. But as MANY AS RECEIVED HIM, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”  John 1:11-12


It is very clear from the above that a choice and a decision are involved in the issue of accepting the free gift of salvation. I want to reveal the heartbeat of God for all humanity. Even though He wants all men to be saved but HIS WILL ALONE CANNOT SAVE MAN. Man must make that conscious effort to accept His free gift.


“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE.” 2 Peter 3:9


Look at this statement, “…NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE”


This is the will of God. That all should come to repentance. But the question is this,


WILL ALL COME TO REPENTANCE?


I believe you know the answer already.

Romans 3:23 declares,


“FOR ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the glory of God; BEING JUSTIFIED FREELY BY HIS GRACE THROUGH THE REDEMPTION THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS: “Romans 3:23-24


We are sinners by virtue of the fallen nature we inherited from Adam. WE DON’T BECOME SINNERS WHEN WE SIN, WE SIN BECAUSE WE ARE SINNERS.


“WHEREFORE, AS BY ONE MAN SIN ENTERED INTO THE WORLD, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, FOR THAT ALL HAVE SINNED” Romans 5:12


But when we decide to accept the free gift of salvation in Christ, then we become justified by His grace. Redemption plan is something that is meant for all but not all will accept it.


Why?


We have the right to exercise our wills against the will of God as free moral beings. God doesn’t bend our wills to His own.  Although He can create circumstances that can help us bend our wills as He did unto Nebuchadnezzar when he became a human animal for seven years Daniel 4.


“And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that livethfor ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:  … NOW I NEBUCHADNEZZAR PRAISE AND EXTOL AND HONOUR THE KING OF HEAVEN, ALL WHOSE WORKS ARE TRUTH, AND HIS WAYS JUDGMENT: AND THOSE THAT WALK IN PRIDE HE IS ABLE TO ABASE.”  Daniel 4:34-37


The godless king bent his will to acknowledge the supremacy of God. Unlike His counterpart Pharaoh who hardened His heart even after God demonstrated His power and majesty in Egypt. There is a question people have asked about the case of Pharaoh which some school of thoughts has termed THE SOVEREIGN WILL OF GOD. This school believes it was God that hardened the heart of Pharaoh so that He could destroy him. This is where people need to flow with the Holy Spirit in order to receive DIVINE REVELATION and explain The Scripture better.


WATCH OUT FOR PART 2, I have not said anything yet. This is going to be one long Bible Revelation Series.







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