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God’s Grace: Saving Grace, part 5
Our salvation is God glorifying
Ephesians 2:8c-9: “And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Friends, those of us who are saved must remember that we deserve no credit in our salvation; God alone deserves all the glory!
Listen as the Apostle Paul explains this to the Corinthian Church, in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11:“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality,10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people — none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” NLT. Listen, the truth of the matter is this: Salvation is not gained by our effort, it is given by God’s Grace!
I want to take a moment and share with you the confession of the great Minister and Revivalist, Charles Spurgeon, concerning his personal faith and experience with God’s Saving Grace. Spurgeon wrote:
When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seeking me. I do not think the young convert is at first aware of this. I can recall the very day and hour when first I received those truths in my own soul.
One week-night, when I was sitting in the house of God, the thought struck me, ‘How did you come to be a Christian?’ I sought the Lord. 'But how did you come to seek the Lord?’ The truth flashed across my mind in a moment: I should not have sought Him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek Him.
'I prayed,' thought I, but then I asked myself, ‘How came I to pray?’ I was induced to pray by reading the Scriptures. ‘How came I to read the Scriptures?’ I did read them, but what led me to do so?
Then, in a moment, I saw that God was at the bottom of it all, and that He was the Author of my faith, and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me. And from that doctrine, I have not departed to this day and I desire to make this my constant confession: ‘I ascribe my change wholly to God.’
Sometimes people get stirred up by the idea that, if God does all the saving, does that mean He chooses who will and will not be saved? My friends, the Bible quite simply does not teach that. Nor does it teach that “once you are saved, you are always saved,” regardless of what you do (but that is another study for another time; but study through the “Parable of the 10 Virgins” - it deals with the fallacy of this particular teaching.)
But there is something associated with Saving Grace and choices that I think God gets quite stirred up about. First: When you or I choose who can, or cannot be saved; and secondly, when I decide that I cannot be saved, OR, you decide that you cannot be saved. Saving Grace says, “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved” Romans 10:13 NLT. END
Medication: A Merry Heart
I’ve Already Prayed…
The minister’s little six-year-old girl had been so naughty during the week that her mother decided to give her the worst kind of punishment. She told her she couldn't go to the Sunday School Picnic on Saturday.
When the day came, her mother felt she had been too harsh and changed her mind. When she told the little girl she could go to the picnic, the child’s reaction was one of gloom and unhappiness.
“What’s the matter? I thought you’d be glad to go to the picnic.” her mother said.
“It’s too late!” the little girl said. “I’ve already prayed for rain.”
God Bless, Have a Great Weekend – stay cool,
St Mark’s Community Church, Janesville
Verse of the Week: Daniel 12:3
Today’s readings: 1 Kings 22 & 2 Chronicles 18
Saturday: 2 Chronicles 19 – 23
Sunday: Obadiah & Psalms 82 – 83