Hi everyone! My next 3 blogs hold special meaning in my heart and the heart of us that love our Lord and Savior. My topic will be on the ever present gift of salvation, what it means to so many of us, and the impact it is having on our lives. Glad to have you back!
It is impossible to completely describe what the gift of salvation means in each of our lives, but the impact is so spectacular we can’t help but try. The extent and risk of God’s plan is unfathomable to our mere mortal minds. Yet, as we look back on our walk with Jesus, we can see just how miraculously He has led us, how perfectly His plan has been conceived on our behalf. We begin to comprehend, in small measure, the tremendous cost to our Lord and Savior – a cost He would give again, and rejoices daily in its continual outcome.
Let’s pray! Our Everlasting Father, we humble ourselves before You, pleading for the covering blood of Jesus, so that we can come before Your throne this day. We thank You for the sacrifice of You Son for the remission of our sins and the gift of eternal life. Be with us, guide us with Your Spirit, deeply touch our hearts with Your great compassion. We pray Holy Spirit, that you will translate our praise and thanksgiving for salvation and send it to God as a sweet essence that will glorify Him. In Jesus saving name, Amen!
At the very beginning our Earth’s history, Eve was deceived by the great deceiver, Satan. She fell for his life shattering ploy and Adam chose to side with her rather than lose her. Thus sin began its cancerous journey in the lives of God’s creation. Not only did humankind suffer the results of sin, but all living and nonliving gifts of creation have suffered as well. God knew, when He created man in His image, with the power of choice, His creation was open to the ploys and evil plots of Satan. Yet, He knew He had to be true to His character – if He truly was the Living God of love and compassion, He had to give humankind the right to choose whom they would serve. It is because of God’s great love that He took the risk He did. We can understand because we want the same thing in our relationships – a willingness to be together, to love each other, to accept each others differences and preferences. Without choice we would all be the same, like the same things, say the same things, and think the same, etc. Boring!
Before God even created our world, He had a plan in place to save us if His creation decided to choose sin. “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight, In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will” Ephesians 1:4-5 God is a preventative God and prepared ahead of time to set forth a plan to save us from our wrong choices. The plan of salvation wasn’t an afterthought or a quick fix, but rather a safeguard – a preventive measure. God leaves no stone unturned and thus the birth of God’s plan of salvation.
After the fall of Adam and Eve, God shared His plan of salvation with them. Saying to the serpent, God stated: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he (Jesus) will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.” Genesis 3:15 Adam and Eve’s greatest hope was that they would be gifted with the birth of our Lord and Savior. But it was many generations and centuries later that the most significant event in history took place.
Down through the ages, God presented his plan of salvation to His believers. In Genesis 22, God tells the story of Abraham taking his son Isaac to be sacrificed. As Abraham follows God’s commands and prepares to sacrifice his only son, God provides a sacrifice in Isaac’s stead. Here, God is sharing the plan of salvation with Abraham and his descendants. In Exodus 3:7-12, God reveals His saving plan to Moses and the Israel, in their journey to the promise land. in 2 Samuel 7:4-17, David is told of the great plan God has predestined for His people. These are just a few of the many followers that God has directly and deliberately shared His glorious plan to save us from our sinful natures.
After His birth, youth, and baptism, Jesus revealed the purpose and promise of His sacrifice to His disciples and followers – to the many groups that sought Him out daily. Jesus’ disciples continued spreading the good news of salvation after Jesus was resurrection and ascended to Heaven. AND that same good news is still the core of our ministry today. Pre-planned prior to creation, the plan of salvation has been a constant theme throughout the Bible and history.
What a blessing our God is in our lives. What hope and promise He gives us throughout the Scriptures. You see, God loves us unconditionally, in spite of our sinful natures, and determines to save us through sacrificing His Son. A perfect being was needed to save the imperfect creation and God was willing that we not be lost. Because of this great sacrifice, “As for me and my house, we will serve” this Awesome God of unconditional love and great plans! Joshua 24:15
Prayerfully research this topic so that the Holy Spirit can enrich your walk with Jesus. As you are compelled by the Spirit, share the great news with others – share the Gospel so that none may remain in darkness that desire a better way.
Next blog, I will be discussing the circumstances and consequences of Jesus’ sacrifice. Thanks for following my blogs. If you have not subscribed, please prayerfully consider subscribing and sharing with those you wish to introduce to Jesus.
Until then, May God, through His Holy Spirit convict your hearts of Biblical Truth. Titus 1:9