The Miracle of SalvationBro. David Chancellor
11/5/2006 11:00 AM
It took a miracle for us to be able to walk with God.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
He was called Jesus because he would save from sin. It was the name of a Savior. Being saved from sin means the guilt of sin is gone, but it’s more than just this. If it was only this, then people would need what modern theology teaches – that the blood must be constantly applied. Modern theology only offers a remedy for the guilt of sin in salvation. Jesus gave us something better.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners. We can’t be sinners and still be saved. He died so that we could have a relationship with God. We couldn’t do anything to earn standing with God. By Jesus’ blood, we can be reconciled to God, and we can be saved by his life.
When Jesus saves us, our sins are forgiven and the guilt is gone, and his life comes into ours. His life in us saves us. The miracle of salvation is that his life comes into us and makes it possible for us to live a godly life here. Morality is a minimum standard. The life of Christ lives as Christ lived. We can live such, by his grace, where we don’t have to have guilt and condemnation anymore. This doesn’t mean that we’re doing awful things and excusing them. If we get the life of Christ in us, we don’t have to do bad things anymore.
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is the bread which came down from heaven; not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
This refers to communion and the testimony that is there that he dwells in us. All of mankind was born depraved, except Jesus. When Jesus comes in, he puts the life of God within us instead. He helps us put behind the sinful path, and puts in us what we need to live for him.
But after the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
When we come to God, we don’t do it pleading our own righteousness. We claim everything based on who God is. We can come boldly because we know all is clear between us and God.
Regeneration deals with the new birth and the new life. The message of salvation deals with new lives. It is a life changing message. We can be delivered from the life of sin and have the life of Christ put within. The depraved nature has to be changed. It can be done by the change that God makes in salvation and by having the miraculous life of Christ within. Too many people are hearing the message of "can’t." They are being told what God expects and then are told that it’s impossible to achieve it. The good news is that we can live this life through the grace of God.
I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
"…the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God…" This life of Christ can be lived here and now. Through him, we can have life. We want to inspire people that they can have faith to live this life here through Christ.
1 John 4:9
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
He came so that we could live every day through him. We can have Christ working in us as he had God working through him.
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
God promised Abraham, "That… we might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life." This is what God provided in Jesus. We can serve God in holiness and righteousness. His life in us gives us what we need to live holy here. We want others to know that they don’t have to continue in sin anymore.