He is our all in all for everything | Faith
by The Press and Standard | May 5, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 1, 2019 at 11:34 am
“It is they that bear witness about me”
To the questioning Pharisees of His day, Jesus revealed this most wonderful mystery: the Scriptures have all along been pointing to Him — He is the Christ, the Savior of the world. He said to them, “You search the Scriptures because you believe that in them, you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” (John 6:39). These men believed that their own knowledge of, and obedience to, the Scriptures earned them salvation. They were relentlessly devoted to the notion that their own righteousness was the key to the entrance of God’s blessed salvation.
Are we as Christians to fall to this same death-ensuring fallacy, that we earn or aid in our salvation? Surely, such a name as Christian cannot be joined to such a notion. It is not our knowledge of the Bible nor our obedience to the law of God that saves us, it is of whom the Scripture testify that saves. And, the Scriptures are clear. Before our life in Jesus, we were dead in our trespasses, helpless and beyond redemption, destined for the fire of God’s righteous wrath for sin. We shared no lot in our redemption.
Truly, only by the Father’s unfathomable love and gracious choice in eternity past, the Son’s willing obedience and ultimate sacrifice upon the cross, and the Holy Spirit’s work of sobering conviction and sanctifying conversion in our hearts were we saved. For, salvation, indeed, belongs to our God. It was by grace through faith — grace administered by the Father, fulfilled by the Son, and delivered by the Spirit through faith.
And, what a most precious gift is our faith, for it is how we know God not only as the just, but also the justifier (Ephesians 2:8; Philippians. 1:29; Romans 3:26). In all matters of life, especially in our salvation, He truly is all in all. On the cross, God accomplished the complete ransom and redemption of all who will believe in the name of Jesus for eternal life. And it was bore by Him — alone.
This freeing truth is good to remind ourselves that the Scriptures bear witness that He is the true Savior of the world. Jesus is the only way to God. Truly, for God to save a people for Himself, He must be their salvation, and He alone.
Therefore, since you know this marvelous truth, that God saved you even though you were yet a sinner and this was by no merit of your own.
I will leave you with the words of Joshua who, after reminding the people of Israel that God was solely responsible for their physical and spiritual deliverance, said, “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness” (Joshua 24:14). Christian, serve Him in faith and in love. Because, He has been faithful, and He first loved you.
But, if you do not know this awesome love of our God, I invite you to know Him today. Do not risk another day without Him. For, if you die without Him, without being forgiven of your sins, you will be fully accountable for them after this life. However, if you acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, ask Jesus to forgive you and save you from the judgement to come. He will, for He is faithful!
If you have questions regarding anything above or want to know more about becoming or being a Christian, please write me through the information below. Anytime, any day, I’m here. Until next week, God bless.
(Jeremy Breland of Ruffin is a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)