Sunday Study: SALVATION

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The whole human race was created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Sin has switched the human race onto another track, but it has not altered God’s purpose in the tiniest degree. And, when we are born again we are brought into the realization of God’s great purpose for the human race, I AM CREATED FOR GOD, HE MADE ME.

We have to maintain our soul open to the fact of God’s creative purpose, and not muddle it with our own intentions. In the natural life our ambitions alter as we develop; in the Christian life the goal is given at the beginning. The beginning and the end are the same: our LORD Himself.

A person cannot redeem himself, cannot save and sanctify himself, cannot atone for sin, cannot redeem the world, cannot make pure what is impure, nor holy what is unholy. That is the sovereign work of God.

The revelation of the Bible is not that Jesus Christ took upon Himself our fleshly sins, but that He took upon Himself the heredity of sin which no man can touch. Our LORD bore the sin of the world by identification, not by sympathy. He deliberately bore in His own Person, the whole massed sin of the human race – and by doing so, He put the whole human race on the basis of Redemption. He put it back to where God designed it to be, and anyone can enter into union with God on the ground of what our LORD has done on the cross.

Have I faith in what Jesus Christ has done? He has made a perfect Atonement. Am I in the habit of constantly realizing it? I have to believe it. The Redemption of Christ is not an experience, it is the great act of God which He performed through Christ, and I have to build my faith upon it. To deny this essential truth is to reject the gospel that saves.

Sin is a moral, spiritual problem involving God’s law and man’s rebellion against God. Both the punishment and the solution can only be spiritual.

(Compiled from Oswald Chambers “My Utmost for His Highest”)

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