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needs a Savior?
Every day. The more I learn about Him, the better I understand how lost
and blind I was before He opened my eyes. The more I see of
my own selfish tendencies, the more I praise Him for His saving grace in
daily spiritual battles. The more I grieve over the
suffering of His people in this darkening world, the brighter shines His
promise of a final rescue from all earthly corruption.
For I am confident that God's gift
of salvation covers the past, the present and the future. My
1. has already saved me by His
Spirit and joined me to Himself. Titus
2. is saving (and sanctifying)
my soul daily as He grants me His victory in all kinds of visible
and invisible battles. Philippians
3. will one day save me out of
this aging body and clothe me in a new body, fit for a joyful
eternity with Him. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
first part is history. Long ago, He stirred a longing in my heart
and showed me the emptiness of life without Him. When I was
tempted to satisfy my spiritual hunger with a pagan counterfeit, He sent
a warning and drew me to Himself instead.
Suddenly I knew in my heart that He was my Savior. I
saw my depraved nature, trusted in the redemption 1
He won for me on the cross two thousand years ago, and confessed my sins
as the Holy Spirit brought them to mind. He granted me the gift of
repentance, so that, by His grace (not by my own strength or willpower),
I chose to turn my life around. Then, miracle of miracles, He
filled me with His glorious resurrection life in exchange for my futile
and failing life.
that moment in time, Jesus saved me from two enemies that held me
captive: the spiritual forces of evil and my own sinful nature.
Together, those two foes had blinded my "eyes" and separated me from all
the spiritual riches that he longed to share with me. The Bible explains
you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you
once walked according to the course of this world, according to the
prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons
of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in
the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the
mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He
loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive
together with Christ... and raised us up together, and made us sit
together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus that in the ages to
come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness
toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved
through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not
of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:1-9
second part of His salvation is ongoing. Even though Jesus took my
old sinful life to the cross and put it to death, the imprints of its
old inclinations still reach into my heart and mind, stirring contrary
wants and pulling me away from His best. My own strength or will power
won't save me, but His grace will - that is, when I trust Him to be my
7:19-8:2 For -
have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but
Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live
by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
a gift! His sufficiency in my weakness! His righteousness for my sins.
His eternal riches for my dirty rags! His life, not my life, in
every moment! Colossians
don't deserve this wonderful "exchanged life", but I gladly receive
it. For by that amazing grace, you and I can be "more than
conquerors" in Christ. Each day, "having been reconciled, we shall
be saved by His life" as we "press toward the goal for the prize of the
upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Romans
5:10-11, Philippians 3:7-14
one glorious day, when our Savior has finished His earthly work in and
through us, He will lift us out of this physical world, gather us
to Himself, and clothe us in a new glorious body for all eternity. What
could be more wonderful?
"Therefore... let us lay aside every weight, and
the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the
race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and
finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured
the cross.... Hebrews
longer I walk with Him, the more my heart delights in a precious old
song by a blind hymn writer.
the way my Savior leads me
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His
Who through life has been my Guide?
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know,
whate’er befalls me,
Jesus doeth all things
"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with
exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and
majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever." Jude 24-25
Jeremiah 32:38-40; John
6:44; Romans 5:1-5, 6:11-18, 7, 8:1-39;
1 Corinthians 2:9-13,
4:7, 15:42-44; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 1 Thess
2 Timothy 2:24-26;
Hebrews 9:15; 1 John 1:8-9; Psalm 27.
What it means to be a Christian
1. Redemption: "denotes to buy out, especially of
purchasing a slave with a view toward his freedom. It is used
metaphorically in Gal. 3:13 and 4:5, of the deliverance by Christ
of Christian Jews from the Law and its curse."
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, page