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Mystery of Salvation

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2 July 2024

Salvation is a derivative word from the word ‘salvage.’ Among many similar definitions of salvage, the dictionary says that, it is “the act of saving anything from destruction or danger.” Perhaps we are yet to catch the true meaning of salvation in this definition. Let us look at some scenarios. A burning wood cannot save itself. Someone has to come near the fire to pull out the burning wood and douse with water before the wood can be salvaged and not burn into ashes. Consider the same thought from another angle: a sinking ship cannot rescue herself. There must be a tug-boat to pull it out of the ocean. Someone must have thrown floating life-jackets to the people that are gasping for breath in the sinking boat before they can be rescued. In a practical reality, that individual that conducted the act of salvation actually rendered a form of sacrificial services, at the right time, so that lives and properties can be salvaged. Therefore salvation is a right time sacrificial intervention of God in the life of humanity to rescue him from perishing.

God is a Spirit. The perfect Spiritual God created perfect spiritual human being in His own image “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27) But unfortunately, man descended so low and dip his hands into sinfulness. The corruption and corrosiveness of sin caused spiritual decay into the perfect nature of humanity. There was no physical antidote that can stop the self-inflicted spiritual decay in spiritual man. Man was completely void of the idea of how to approach God concerning his decaying spiritual nature. In the abundance of the mercy of God, He sent His only begotten [spiritual] Son, Jesus Christ, to come to the rescue of humanity on earth.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) This verse perfectly described the mission of reconciliation of Jesus Christ on Earth. But there is something important to note in the verse. Every child is born of a mother in to this world but only one son is given by the Heavenly Father to the whole world to be the Sacrificial Lamb for the sins of mankind. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesian 2:8-9) Salvation is a gift of God. Grace in this passage can be described as the extension of a spiritual sacrificial life jacket thrown to the perishing souls at the critical and crucial moment. The faithful Heavenly Father knew that His plan of salvation is perfect and sufficient to rescue the entire human race. He also knew that a right thinking man who does not want to perish will not reject the precious gesture of free gift of salvation. Our appeal this day is that you should please consider the kind and merciful gesture of the Heavenly Father and embrace the precious gift of salvation that had come to man in the platform of grace.

Prayer: Oh Lord, enlighten the eyes of my understanding to behold your love for me. Grant me the grace to wholeheartedly embrace your gift of salvation. Through this grace let my name be enrolled in the Book of Life before your Throne, in Jesus name, Amen.


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