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“Look Unto Me, and be Saved”
“Look unto Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22).
This is the verse the layman was preaching on the day C. H. Spurgeon placed his faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior. “I stepped within the house of God, and sat there, afraid to look upward, lest I should be utterly cut off, and lest His fierce wrath should consume me.” The minister read the verse of Scripture and Spurgeon says, “I looked that moment; the grace of faith was vouchsafed to me in the self-same instant . . .” He looked upon the wounds of Christ and could say, “Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be until I die.” From that moment on for the rest of his life Spurgeon preached God’s saving grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
God saves sinners by grace so that all may know, “I am God, and there is none other.” He is always removing our false securities and gods so we will put our trust in Him alone.
Every God-called minister of grace can identify with the godly pastor when he said, “We are made to see that the Lord is God, and that beside Him there is none else. Very frequently God teaches this to the minister, by leading him to see his own sinful nature. He will have such an insight into his own wicked and abominable heart, that he will feel as he comes up to the pulpit stairs that he does not deserve so much as to sit in his pew much less to preach to his fellows. Although we feel always joy in the declaration of God’s Word, yet we have known what it is to totter on the pulpit steps, under a sense that the chief of sinners should scarcely be allowed to preach to others. Ah beloved, I do not think he will be very successful as a minister who is not taken into the depths and blackness of his own soul, and made to exclaim, ‘Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.’”
God is always bringing us to our knees that He may press upon our hearts the fact that He is God, and God alone.
The greatest work of God is the salvation of the sinner. In bringing the sinner to saving faith God demonstrates to us that He is God, and besides Him there is none else. He saves us by grace alone so that He alone gets all the glory. He teaches us to, “Look unto Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth.”
There is only one person that we can look to and be saved. It is the Lord Jesus Christ. “Look,” simply, “look unto Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth.”
God does not say, “Look to yourself and be saved.” He does not say, “Look to your religious leader,” or your church membership, or your baptism, etc. To do so would be to look to another god. The Lord God says, “Look unto Me.” It is not looking at your repentance or examining your faith. It is looking unto Jesus that saves you. Looking to yourself or anyone else will send you to hell.
“It is not a consideration of what you are, but a consideration of what God is, and what Christ is, that can save you. It is looking from yourself to Jesus,” said Spurgeon.
The only qualification that you need for God to save you is to be a sinner. “The more sin I have the more cause I have to hope for mercy.” The Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” That qualifies each of us for salvation. The greater our sins the better reason for seeking God’s grace and mercy.
“Look sinner,” God says, “Look to Me, and be saved.” That is the means of salvation. “Look to Me, and be saved.” God said it. That is the good news.
God does it all that way so that He alone can get all the glory. He does it so He can demonstrate to proud sinners that He alone is God. Grace destroys our arrogant pride. The simple way of salvation is, “Look.” “Look unto Me and be saved.”
Salvation is instantaneous the moment you look to Christ. “A sinner believes in a moment; and the moment that sinner believes and trusts in his crucified God for pardon, at once he receives salvation in full through His blood,” preached Spurgeon. Salvation is complete in that moment. “Look,” and you are instantly saved. If a sinner only trusts in Jesus Christ he will be saved. “Look unto Me, and be saved.” “Look! Look! Look!” is the same as trusting in Christ to save you. Salvation is by the free grace of God through faith in Christ. Look to Him and be saved right now.
“Look unto Jesus, and be saved, all the ends of the earth.” That is an invitation to every sinner to come, look to Jesus, and be saved.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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