Salvation is the Centerpiece

That’s what our God has had planned for all of us – even before time began. Yet, even though the plan is in place, we all have an obstacle that we must hurdle to get it – that of being born into sin. Adam’s taint covers all of us; and as soon as we become aware of this, we must seek the grace of God’s salvation through Christ. 

In fact, God put an unction within us to seek Him out for this very thing:

“…it is He who gives to all [people] life and breath and all things. And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times…This was so that they would seek God, if perhaps they may grasp Him and find Him, though He is not far from each of us.” Acts 17:25 – 27. AMP

“…He commands all people everywhere to repent [that is, to change their old ways of thinking, to regret their past sins, and to seek God’s purpose for their lives], because He has set a day when He will judge the inhabited world in righteousness…” Acts 17:30, 31. AMP

At first, we are challenged, because we are used to seeking out the answers to life’s questions through our flesh; and as we do, our self-condemnation plagues us. Why? It’s because the Law that God impressed upon our hearts, reminds us of our shortcomings with regards to our misalignment with it. 

That Law, given to us by God through Moses, is impossible to obey with the 100% compliance that it demands. Yet, it is the subsequent brokenness in our spirit from our failure to do so, that God is counting on, to make us a receptive vessel for the gospel. 

When Christ helps us cross that chasm between who we were, to become who we were always meant to be, our sins are left behind, and we become reconciled with our Father.  

However, other than not having heard the gospel, we tend to build our own roadblocks against receiving it. The most common obstacle is our preoccupation with our past. This blinds us to God’s overtures, because we indulge ourselves in nurturing our old hurts.

We disadvantage ourselves even further when we then try to suppress them with distractions and addictions, which only fortify our walls. As a result, we feel irreparably separated from whomever we think God is. 

Only when we accept Christ and His gospel message, can we heal, drop the past (because we are forgiven), and live in His present loving bliss. Then, we can take this ‘good news’ to others. And it is in the telling of our redemption that we find the truth about salvation, i.e. it sells itself. It is God who does the work of conversion. We only plant the seed.

God is willing and waiting to bring everyone into His everlasting kingdom. Our charge, when we have received it, is to help those who haven’t yet entered, assisting them to understand their need for God’s mercy that was given on the cross:

My [only] sacrifice [acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart [broken with sorrow for sin, thoroughly penitent] such, O God, You will not despise. Ps. 51:17 AMP

The Law warns of death for the unrepentant, the gospel promises eternal life through salvation, i.e. we must be made aware of our ungodliness before we can embrace the reconciliation offered by Jehovah God, through His Son:

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies… Ps. 103:3, 4. NKJV

Not by anything we have done to change, but by the grace of God:

For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law]… Eph. 2:8, 9. AMP

Jesus gave His life for our redemption. Because of His virgin birth, He was spared from the damning contamination of Adam’s sin. Only Christ could make a sinless offering of Himself, shedding His blood so that we might gain eternity with Him.

God does not make mistakes, no flaws in His creations. His kingdom is for everyone. Jehovah accepts us all. What He cannot accept is sin in thoughts and / or deeds; but that’s where salvation does its wonder:

Therefore if any person is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 2 Cor. 5:17 AMP

If God accepts us as we are, there is no perfection that we must strive for; He’s done it already!

We no longer have to be afraid or hide from the truth. Now we can live in the present moment – knowing that moment is the beginning of an eternal stream of redemptive joy.

God is in control:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Pr. 3:5 – 7. NKJV

I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Ps. 34:4 NASB

“…there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.” Rv. 21:4 NKJV

The thing to remember regarding your salvation, as well as with all things relating to God, is they require faith to manifestYou need to have faith in salvation eternity. This life passes by like a heartbeat. If you think that is all there is, what is the point of salvation? The scripture immediately above shows God’s guarantee of an eternal blessed life.

You need faith in love because God is love, He does not change, and love is what drives God to do everything. (1 Jn. 4:8; Mal. 3:6; Ex. 20:6; Jn. 3:16; 1 Jn. 3:16,)

The awesome part is that God even provides you with the faith!

…God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Rm. 12:3 NASB

Lastly, the devil does not like you being saved. So, he will rain temptation upon you all the days of your life, hoping that you will fall away:

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. 1 Jn. 3:8 NKJV

And we will fall:

“…there is no one who does not sin…” 2 Chr. 6:36 CSB

Unrepentant sin leads to death (Jas. 1:15), but those who have received the salvation of God through Christ, are blessed with an entirely different outcome when they confess and repent:

Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Rm. 7:24, 25. ESV

Amen. We will have this battle with our flesh until we transfer from this earth; but Jesus is our vanguard. Our part is to continue to cultivate our spirit by immersing ourselves in God’s word, living by it, and remembering the sacrifice of His Son on our behalf. Christ has set you free:

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. Rm. 8:1, 2. NASB.

God has already accepted you. He pardons you with the gift of His love. Jehovah wants you to come to Him just as you are, so that He can wipe out your sin-debt forever and write you indelibly in His Book of Life.

Have faith and receive it with thanksgiving…

Goodnight and God bless.