Wednesday, July 17, 2019

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of which I am the worst.” (1 Timothy 1:15)

Failing to recognise God has saved us from the hands of the evil one is recipe for self-effort. That in itself is a false start, bound to take us nowhere except to our doom. Redemption has been offered on a platter by none other than the God Creator – the Maker of heaven and earth. He deemed it vital to intervene in this rescue mission by offering His son to pay the penalty which we are unable to pay anyway. 

Nothing you have done – righteous or unrighteous -- can separate you from the love of God. Indeed, “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Saviour appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” (Titus 3:3-5)

Grace and mercy are unique characteristics displayed by God, as part of His nature. His desire is for the whole of HUMANITY to be saved and that none will be lost, Furthermore, He desires that we all identify with the truth. For “God [is] our Saviour who wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1Timothy 2:3)

It requires a personal engagement and commitment on our part. The apostle Paul defines the relationship thus; “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9) He continues; “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) We therefore must confess where we stand with God.

A song writer asked this question: Who can wash away my sins? The obvious answer is Jesus. What can wash away my sins? The ‘solution’ is unreservedly the blood of Jesus – shed on the cross of Calvary for the remission of sins. The blood of sheep, goats and doves never had and no longer can.

Salvation is a must to enter heaven. We cannot enter a house but through its door. The one who enters through the window is a thief and a robber. The gate or door to eternal life is only through our Lord Jesus. “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

The prophet Zechariah told a story about a high priest named Joshua, whom Satan had accused of wearing filthy clothes [sin]. But the angel of the Lord that was standing nearby asked that the dirty clothes be taken off him. After this was done, the angel continued: “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.”  Then he said; “Put a clean turban on his head.”  (Zechariah 3:4-5)

Symbolically, God cleansed his high priest from all sin and Satan was unable to do anything about it. When we are conscious of our sinful state or whenever the accuser of the brethren points an accusing finger at us, let us ask God to remove the filthy rags we are wearing so He would provide us with the new wardrobe that He has reserved for us. “... because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:24-25)

Our Lord Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was all-inclusive. It reaches all races, tribes and tongues without exception. “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:12-13)

Grace is a gift from God

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 3:8)

God promises not to remember our sins any more when we turn to Him through His Son. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12) “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions [sins], for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25)

Yahweh, the Jehovah is no ordinary God. He is the God Most High; the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. He states categorically; “Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no saviour. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you.” (Isaiah 43:10-12)

God revealed His mercy to all and for all. Not only that, He chose to save the people in spite of their sins. Are you ready to take advantage of this offer whilst it lasts? Our qualification will no longer be a result of what we have done but what He has done. It is free of charge!

Jesus is coming back SOON, where would He find you, at the gate or already among the fold? “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 18:28-30)  

Author: Galandou Gorre-Ndiaye