Salvation Is By God's Power

Salvation is by God’s Power

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. But to us who are being saved it is the power of God. “

I Corinthians 1:18


I still remember my childhood days when I was not yet a Christian. I was born into a Roman Catholic family who strictly observes the traditions of Roman Catholicism. We observe Catholic rituals and traditions. We hear mass and have communion every Sunday, we pray the Rosary every night, we pray for our dead every death anniversary and All Saint’s Day, we do stations of the cross and penitence every Holy Week. Though as a child I have a religion, I believe in the existence of one God, I believe in JesusChrist and the Holy Spirit, I was not assured of my eternal salvation. I have no idea how could I be saved from hell.


I believe then that I will not go to hell because I was not a murderer or adulterer. I believe by doing good works I will earn my way to Heaven. So all throughout my childhood and early teenyears I lived without assurance of salvation. So I live in constant fear of death.


But somehow by practicing a religion, I have convenience in my spirituality. I believe then that I would know my eternal salvation during the great day of judgement.only. While living on earth I believe then I have no way of knowing my eternal destiny. What a miserable life I lived apart from the truth of the Gospel. This is how the majority of my people believe and live. I was completely blind from the truth of the Gospel of the Lord JesusChrist.


My journey into Christianity started summer of 1984 after celebrating my 18th birthday. I came to know the Gospel through the Living Circle Ministry, the campus ministry of my mother church Grace Bible Church. Only then I have known the fundamental truths of Christianity.. But only after seven years of professing Christianity I experienced the mighty infilling of the Holy Spirit when I made a total consecration of my life. Only then I realized the true meaning of getting born again.. I have now a strong grasp of the truth of John 3:3 ; “unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”


To be born again, a man must have a complete realization of his sinfulness and depravity, must be broken by this realization. He must see himself as hellbound with his sinfulness. He must clearly see that he has no other hope of being saved from hell apart from embracing the cross of JesusChrist. He must see that his only way to receive God’s forgiveness is to accept the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the cross as the only way to receive salvation.


The message of the cross is the greatest message I received here on earth. For me it is a message of God’s ultimate act of love. It is one of the strongest demonstration of God’s power for me who believe on it.


Every salvation of a lost soul is indeed a demonstration of God’s power. Why this is so ?

In saving a lost soul, it always involve a spiritual warfare. In witnessing to a lost soul, we are always confronted with a supernatural opposition from the spirit world. Without God’s power and supernatural intervention, these opposition from the forces of the evil one will never be subdued. These spiritual forces of darkness are the ones responsible for blinding the minds of unbelievers that they will not understand the truth of the Gospel of the Lord JesusChrist. That is why you will be amazed to know a very brilliant and successful person in the world but still are not yet saved and cannot comprehend the Gospel. Or there may be people who are constantly exposed to the Gospel preaching yet they have no assurance of salvation and still cannot discern the false teachings of their religion.


The preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing because their minds are still blinded by the evil one, their lives are still under the dominion of the power of darkness. But for us who are being saved, the power of God has delivered us from the power of Satan and transferred us to His marvelous Kingdom. For us who are being saved, the power of God has subdued the power of the evil one in our lives that is hindering us from understanding the Gospel of our Lord JesusChrist.. Indeed the power of God is victorious in a believer’s life.


That’s why we can never give any credit to ourselves for our salvation. Salvation is wholly a work of God and by God’s power.I was totally blind to the truth of the Gospel for about 18 years of my life. The evil one has taken me under his bondage and dominion for so long a time.But praise God for His awesome power who subdued the powers of the evil one in my life. Now I can see fully and has a complete realization of the truth of the Gospel. Praise God for demonstrating His great power in order that I may be saved.. Truly God deserves my highest adoration. Let His Great Name be praised forever..

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

AMEN, Cristina,

This hub shouts a powerful truth and glorifies our Lord and God. Truly, salvation is a gift that only God can give to sinful man. It is not a gift we can give to each other. God is the Creator and the only living entity that can save. All glory to God!

Forever His,


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi RevLady thank you so much for gracing this hub. Your comment indeed is a great encouragement to me. Yes only God has the power to save a sinner from perishing.God is the only one who can save us from the power of darkness.Salvation indeed is wholly a work of God.We can never give to any body credit fro our salvation. God indeed deserves all the glory. Blessings to you. Your comment and visit is much appreciated.


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Psalmist4M 6 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

Thank you for sharing your testimony & the depth of truth is powerful and aligns with the Word of God. God be praised & glorified by the witness of your detailed portrayal.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Psalmist4M it is great to hear from you again. Your visit and comment is a great encouragement to me. Thank you for gracious comments. It is much appreciated. Blessings to you and best regards.


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sfod223 6 years ago from Tampa.Fl

Thank you for the words of inspiration.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi sfod223 it is nice to hear from you. Thank you for dropping by. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Blessings and regards.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

up & useful! Well written, great testimonial work giving God all the glory. God is good, ALL the time...


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Samsons1 thank you for gracing this hub. Your comment is a great encouragement to me, God indeed is very good. Blessings to you.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Cristina,

I liked the line, "The message of the cross is the greatest message I received here on earth." The message of the cross is the greatest message anywhere! Thanks for sharing.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi lifegate it is great to read your comment. Thank you for dropping by. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Yes the message of the cross is the greatest message anywhere. Blessings to you and regards.


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4x4 6 years ago from Los Angeles

For the believer there is a God.

For the non-believer, he believes in nothing or in everything else but God.

I guess when it comes to God, there's just no middle ground.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

The gates of hell could not prevail against Him in His pursuit of you dear child! He truly is ALMIGHTY. None can stand against Him! He has called us out of darkness and into the Kingdom of His dear Son! Praise be to Almighty God for His love and mercy endures forever! Love the story of how you became enlightened to the assurance of salvation, not by works, but through grace.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ate cristina: It is difficult to conceive that any should perish without knowing that they can choose to be saved and repent. This is why I work to spread God's word of love and redemption to as many as are willing to listen.

KUYA Dave.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Fred Allen it is great to read your comment. You have posted great inputs here. It is much appreciated. Truly the gates of Hell will not prevail in the life of God's dear elect. Salvation is wholly a work of God. The Lord will have mercy on whom He will have mercy, He will have compassion on whom He will have compassion. Blessings to you.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

But evangelism always involve spiritual warfare. The lost must be set free from Stan's hold and bondage that they will be able to see the light of the Gospel of the Lord JesusChriat. As it is written in the Scripture : "the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelivers that they will not see the light of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ." Salvation is wholly a work of God. God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy, He will have compassion on whom He will have compassion.

Blessings to you Brother Dave Matthews.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Cristina, Wonderful heartfelt hub! "Salvation is a gift from God through Jesus Christ! That’s why we can never give any credit to ourselves for our salvation. Salvation is wholly a work of God and by God’s power." AMEN! This is so Beautiful!

By this we KNOW that the LORD LOVES us so much that He allowed HIS only SON to die for the sins of the world on the CROSS! Jesus redeemed us! When we TRULY accept Him in our hearts He becomes our Savior! PRAISE GOD!

Thank you for sharing, this encouraging and inspiring insight! In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings! To GOD Be The GLORY!


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi DeBorrah K Ogans it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. I am greatly encouraged by your comments. Truly God is great. He rather has chosen to save the sinful world rather than let it perish for eternity. Blessings to you and best regards.

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