Salvation Is Much More Than Just Forgiveness

Sunday, April 19, 2015

God did not just give us the free gift of salvation; he gave us a living hope. In addition, he did not stop there because on top of that, he backed up that hope with an eternal promise. It does not stop there either. On top of all that, he has ensured that we would be protected from harm. I am so glad that God did not just save us and leave us on our own. He has done everything possible to make sure that we are not only saved now, but are saved forever. Be assured that this salvation not only saves you from your past, it saves you from your present, and it will continue to save you from your future. You are fully covered! 1 Corinthians 1: 18 says, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."

Did you know that the blood of Jesus does not cover up our sin? No! It removes it from us. There is a huge difference and we must understand that if we want to fully understand the power of salvation. I have heard many people refer to the sea of forgetfulness, referring to how God treats our sin. Did you know that there is no such thing? Psalm 103: 12 says, "As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." Notice the wording here. It says he removes our sin. God does no forget our sin, nor does he cover it up. At the moment Jesus died, our sin was obliterated and is gone forever, never to be brought up again. In fact, the way God sees it, it is just as though we never sinned. That is what justified means. We have been declared not guilty in the court of our Heavenly Father and are not just set free, but now there is no longer any record of wrongdoing. That means no one can ever bring a case against you. Not the Devil, not you, not even God himself if he wanted to. There is no evidence.

Are you beginning to get the picture? Yes, we were guilty. Yes, we deserve to be punished. It is not that we were wrongly accused and God cleared our name. Through the blood and death of his only Son, Jesus, we now stand before him absolutely innocent. Wow! I do not understand how or why the God of the universe would do that for me, but I am glad that he did. Do not just let that grab hold of you. Let it shake you to your core!
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