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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..