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SELAH! Pause - reflect- just think of that!
Saved by Grace!
Saved by grace! There is no
greater majestic theme for the Christian. It
eliminates all grounds of boasting.
Salvation by God’s sovereign
grace gives a wonderful assurance. We have security
in salvation because our sovereign God elected us in
eternity, adopted us into His family, regenerated
us, and sealed us with His Spirit.
To appreciate so great
salvation we must understand our great need.
The bottom line of sin is
selfishness and the way it affects every area of our
lives, but more importantly because it makes it
impossible for us to influence our salvation is any
Any discussion of sin and
salvation always leads to the question of our
depravity. How badly depraved are we? How far did
man fall when he fell in the Garden of Eden? Did man
fall upward, or did he fall down?
The sad fact is "all the kings
men, and all the kings horses and all the kings
soldiers cannot put him back together again." Only
God can. All of Adam's offspring are corrupted and
we cannot merit, earn, win or gain a right
relationship with God. Because of spiritual
depravity we are dead spiritually.
Because of the effects of the
Fall, man is no longer capable to making the right
choices to get himself right with God. If you have
any doubts read Romans 1:18-20.
We are dead in trespasses and
sins (Eph. 2:1). There is no one who seeks after God
(Rom. 3:11). We are all sinners who fail to bring
glory to God (v. 23), and as a result we deserve
Jesus said, "No one can come to
Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him" (John
6:44). The reason is simply because we are
personally and spiritually incapable in our own
strength or merit.
There is no sufficient reason
to believe God should have saved anyone. Every one
of us without exception, deserves eternal punishment
in hell. We are inclined only toward evil (Gen.
Our salvation is the result of
God's own sovereign act. It is His work from
beginning to end. It is to the praise of God's
Because of our depravity God
reaches down and through the miracle of the new
birth enables us to respond to His saving grace.
The only way depraved sinners
can ever be saved is by the sovereign election of
God who freely of Himself, and His own free will,
chooses to save us. Our election was not arbitrary.
It was according to God's purpose, good pleasure and
His free will.
Apart from God's sovereign work
of grace, no one follows Jesus Christ. It ever flows
from God's sovereign purpose decreed before the
foundation of the world.
We are saved by grace alone,
through faith alone in Christ alone! It can be no
other way (Ephesians 1:4-6).
We are hopelessly lost in sin, and we cannot
turn to God on our own.
God the Father in His electing grace chose us
Jesus Christ died for our sins and completed
the work of salvation on the cross and rose form the
dead as poof!
The Holy Spirit at a time and place in our
lives made us capable of responding to salvation
through the new birth by opening our spiritually
blind eyes, and breaking our hardened heats to
confess our need of salvation and causing us to
believe on Christ.
Have you paused and thanked God
the Father for electing you to salvation? Our
election is a fact, not human speculation. It is a
divine revelation, not something to argue over. It
humbles us to the core of our personal being that
God did not have to save us, but did so by His own
sovereign will and grace. That awesome fact should
cause us to fall down on our faces before God, and
praise Him for His glorious grace which He has
freely given to those whom He loves. Our salvation
is to the praise of His glory alone.
There is no sufficient reason
why God should have chosen to save me. It is all to
the praise of His glorious grace. In our salvation
He alone is glorified. Will you spend every day of
your life giving praise to Him alone?
Far from encouraging sins the
doctrine of election forbids it and lays upon us
instead the necessity to grow in holiness. If we are
not growing in Christ-likeness, we are not saved and
are still in our sins.
Am I in the elect of God? The
only way to know is by our personal response to
God's message of salvation through the death, burial
and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ died as our
substitute on the cross and rose form the dead.
Everyone whom God has elected in Christ before the
foundation of the world will believe on Him. I have
believed, and it is my sincere prayer today that you
have, too. If you haven’t, you can right now.
Will you take time today to
share God's saving grace to a friend, colleague or
family member knowing that all whom God has chosen
will come to faith in Him? Perhaps you are the
person God wants to lead that individual to Christ
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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