GOD'S SALVATION (Part #1) 3-1-2015

posted Mar 1, 2015, 12:33 PM by Dale Barnes   [ updated Mar 1, 2015, 12:35 PM ]

There is a wonderful and important truth in the Bible that helped me so much as I began my Christian life. He (God) saved us...work out your salvation...now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed.” (Tit.3:5, Phil.2:12, Ro.13:11)  The word salvation is used in the past. present and future tense.  This gives us a grand overview of God’s work for and in us.

First, the past tense!  How wonderful and encouraging is this truth. When we humble ourselves, come to Christ, and put our trust in him, we are forgiven our many sins and declared righteous by God.  We stand in God’s unmerited favor. (Ro.5:1-2)  We have also been given a new life; God’s very life. We are “born of God.” (Jn.3:5)  Jesus tells us that it is the gift of God; like a well within that springs up to eternal life. (Jn.4:14)  We have a complete new relationship with God.  We are now children of God. (1Jn.3:1-2)

The Apostle tells us: God saved us. not because of righteous things we have done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our savior.” (Tit.3:5-6 NIV) Jesus died for us, paid the penalty for our sins, so that God could give us this wonderful salvation.

In the beginning, we may not know much about our new relationship with God, but we are assured that we are his child, a place freely given to us.This is already, past tense, happened because we have come to Christ  Every day we can begin with thanksgiving.  We are going to live eternally with God.  He is now our father. We can continually give thanks! It is done!