Salvation Comes from God
"Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou has smitten all mine enemies.... Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah." (Psalm 3:7-8)
Have you ever looked up at a magnificent sunset and thought about the God Who painted all those colors across the sky? Have you ever wondered what a skilled artist God must be? He created the whole universe, all by Himself! He is the One Who invented color! He chose the designs and patterns that we see in all the many kinds of animals, all the types of trees and flowers, all the unique faces in the crowds of people in every city. Not only that, but God has passed along some of His amazing creativity to human beings. Just think of all the talented musicians and artists and writers and craftsmen and engineers and architects and teachers who do their work with such skill and imagination. They all do different things and have different gifts, but God thought up all of them. God gave all of them what they have. What an amazing Creator we have!
We can look at Creation and believe by faith that it comes from God. We can look around us, or look up at that magnificent sunset, and say, "That is God's handiwork. God did it!" But do you ever think about what God is still doing, or what other gifts come from Him? For example, we have to look at the Gospel of Christ and say, "That's God's work! God did this." Only Someone as creative and all-powerful as God could think up the plan of redemption and carry it out.
Only God could come in human form, live a perfect life, die to save sinners, and rise again after spending three days dead in a tomb! Only God can give us the understanding and the faith we need to believe what His Word says about salvation. What a wonderful, creative God we have – He created us, and only He can save us!
In Psalm 3, King David is giving a testimony in song about how he called upon the LORD and realized that only the LORD could save him when he was in trouble. Once he realized that, David said (in verse 6 of Psalm 3) that he would not be afraid even of thousands and thousands of people – because he trusted God. God is the kind of God Who saves. He is the Source, the beginning, of all salvation. Are you trusting God's salvation today?
God is the One Who saves.
» Do I ever get the idea that I can "earn" salvation all by myself?
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Truth In Real Life
“The grace or love of God, whence cometh our salvation, is FREE IN ALL, and FREE FOR ALL”
John Wesley was born in England on June 17, 1703. Born the fifteenth child in his family, John was a “pastor’s kid” and was taught God’s Word from the beginning of his life. At age 5, like the other Wesley children, John began being home-educated by his mother. This education, along with other life hurdles, prepared him for serving God as an adult.
After being rescued from a burning church building at age 6, young John had good reason to think seriously about heaven and hell. He had always been known as a good child, a smart boy, and a bookworm. He loved school. As far as he could understand, his life must be pleasing to God, and he did not worry much about his soul then…for a time.
As a young adult, Wesley attended Oxford University. He founded the famous “Holy Club” with his brother, Charles. This club had strict rules for its members, including a rule that all members stop for silent prayer at least one time every hour.
In May of 1738, after many years of serving God, Wesley attended a prayer meeting and understood something for the first time. He understood that it by grace through faith in Jesus Christ that we can be genuinely converted. Jesus Christ does the saving!
Rather than being good on your own or being obedient to a strict set of rules, you can and you must trust Jesus to save your soul for you. Wesley began preaching this truth. Some people got angry with him, and others understood God’s love for the first time.
John Wesley was not trying to start a new type of church, but because he was preaching truth that was “new” in his generation, the Methodist Church began. At this time in history, the Methodist Church stayed faithful in preaching the Bible while other churches often preached false ideas. The teachings of many Methodist churches have changed since Wesley’s days, but the doctrines that are really drawn from the Bible will NEVER change!
Rules are not necessarily bad. Rules are necessary for things to be done “decently and in order.” But rules and laws can never save your soul or take away your guilt! Jesus Christ is the only Way to salvation. By God’s grace, through faith, have you truly trusted in Jesus Christ alone to save you?
John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”