Unlimited: Jesus Christ is the Way to Salvation
Jul 27, 2018 815
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day (John 6:44, NKJV).
Faith alone, when based upon the sure promises of God, must save us. All that human ingenuity can devise, no matter how holy and attractive, contributes nothing to our salvation according to God’s way. God saves us in a different way from that which we ourselves plan. Humans can forever do what they want, but they can never enter heaven unless God takes the first step with his Word, which offers them divine grace and enlightens their hearts to show us the right way.
The right way, however, is the Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever desires to seek another path has already missed the right way; for Paul says to the Galatians: “If righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21). Therefore I say people must fall upon this Gospel and be broken to pieces and in deep consciousness lie prostrate, like someone who is powerless, unable to move hand or foot. You must only lie motionless and cry: “Almighty God, merciful Father, help me now! I cannot help myself. Christ, my Lord, help me now, for with my own effort all is lost!” – Martin Luther (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Can you think of a specific situation in your life when God has saved you in a different way from what you yourself would have planned? Think about why he might have done it that way. Then thank him for it.