30th August 2011

The Gift Of Salvation

“In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.”
Hebrews 2:10 (NIV)

Salvation is a gift from God. It is not something that we deserve, nor can it be earned. Salvation is by grace, and only by grace. It is available to everyone, and God the Father is the One who initiates the call to salvation.  Jesus said, “No-one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no-one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.” (John 6:44, 65).

Jesus Christ is our salvation (Luke 2:25-32). He has secured our salvation by his life, death, resurrection and ascension. Everything necessary for everyone to be saved has been accomplished by him. Salvation never depended on what we do or don’t do. It always depended on what Christ did on our behalf. He secured our salvation, long before we ever made any decision, from the foundation of the world! “Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).

The Holy Spirit, who has the responsibility of guiding us into all truth (John 16:13), also guarantees our salvation, as we read in Ephesians 1:13-14: “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.”

Salvation is clearly a gift from God. From beginning to end it is the work of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God has given to us a very great salvation.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for your amazing grace in sending your Son, who is our salvation, and giving us your Spirit who enables us to have the faith to trust in you.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott 

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