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Week 30 The Lord's Gift: Salvation
May 6, 2013
The Lord's Gift: Salvation
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith –
and it is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
– not by works, so that no one can boast
- Ephesians 2:8
Salvation is a gift and it is the most important gift you can inevitably give to someone. You cannot boast about it for it is not from you. You cannot go around talking loudly how you got it by your own works for it is something given and not worked for. It Is the gift of God.
In the beginning, when the Lord saw the fall of man in Adam, he had it in his plan that he shall send a saviour. He cannot bear to see his children going in the path he doesn’t want them to. God wanted only what’s best for us. To be able to see his children in a convenient state is something that a father longs for. It is a delight to be considered for such to be in accordance with his will.
When the appointed time had come, he sent his one and only son Jesus to be the one who shall bring people to be save. Salvation is in him. As it was stated in John 3:16; “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” God sent his son to die for our sins that we may have life and have it more abundantly.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life though Jesus Christ our Lord. In the old testament, when someone has done wrong, he has to offer a sacrifice. The blood from these sacrifices were to cover his disobedience and so he shall be cleanse. Depending on what he has done so shall his sacrifice be. Animals were the ones taken for the cleansing of such faults.
Looking closely however In every gift, one must received it with sincerity first to be able to account it fully in his life. You cannot have a worthwhile experience with something that isn’t there and the same goes with salvation. One must receive it before any other. It is through faith that one is saved and having faith means believing in something though you haven’t seen. You have no actual evidence in you proving such case but still you believe and that is faith. And so, the phrase “to see is to believe” is completely opposite with how it goes with it. For a faithful man, “to believe is to see” is what he lives in and this belief has a lot to do with God’s gift of salvation.
God sets it forth in us not to boast about salvation for we did not do something to earn it. Unlike normal work there is no prerequisite to having it done. One can be save as long as he believes through faith. It isn’t like in school where you have to take a certain subject before you can take or proceed to one higher than it.
Thank God for his gift of salvation.