Unlimited: Our Salvation Depends on God
Oct 11, 2019 1057
The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so (Romans 8:7, NIV).
Our salvation depends on God rather than upon us, for the Bible is emphatic that all persons, whatever their temperament or natural advantages, are powerless of themselves to live a righteous life.
To encourage everyone who knows how weak they are, the Bible says: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are” (I Corinthians 1:27-28, NIV).
Heaven is for “everyone that believes.” These promises all sound very well, but how are these promises implemented and fulfilled?
It is easy to see from Scripture that a person receives forgiveness and a new heart the moment they understand that God truly loves them. When they truly see that love, they can surrender their all to Christ by faith.
This is wonderful, but it is only half the story. The great preacher Spurgeon reminded us that we don’t just want to be pardoned, but we also want to be “purified”. This means that “Jesus came to take away sin in three ways. He came to remove the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and, at last, the presence of sin.”
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Heaven is for those who believe. God is the one who pursues your heart. He takes away your hard heart and gives you His Spirit. What is your response to His work in you?