Saved by grace! There is no greater majestic theme for the
Christian. It eliminates all grounds of boasting.
Salvation by Gods 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 way.
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
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 death (6:23).
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. Everyone of us without exception, deserves eternal punishment in hell. We are
inclined only toward evil (Gen. 6:5).
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 glorious grace.
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
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
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 in eternity.
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 everyday of your life giving praise to Him
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
havent, 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
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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