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Redeeming Salvation: A Reflection

April 27, 201212 Comments

Salvation's Cross

You might be thinking that the title  “Redeeming Salvation” is strange, isn’t salvation basically redemption?  Your right, but believe it or not the very idea and concept of what salvation is needs to be redeemed.  There’s a lot of shouting, but the joy over our salvation appears to have faded.  It appears that the word and even the concept has sunk next to the term “preacher” !  It seems to have become common and mundane. If we ever needed a reason to rejoice I would think this would be it.  However, it seems that for most salvation was something that happened to them at some point, and they’ve since had to move on and live life.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
(Eph 2:8)

Have we just missed what Salvation is in the midst of all the voices?  Maybe just like many other topics of Christianity, the waters have become muddied.  I’ll attempt to put this great and beyond glorious act into perspective, dust it off and place it back on the shelf of respect.  First, the situation.  You have a God who lives in complete love,unity and harmony in the Trinity.  Needing nothing at all, perfect in holiness, truth and righteousness. Who decides to create a being that will not only worship Him, but share in the love of the Trinity.  Now lets look at the being, us.  We are imperfect, no lets be clear, we are fault ridden, full of the inharmonious, ugly, disgusting infection called Sin.  Regardless of actions; equal or unequal to other people, we’ve all fallen short of God’s glory.  Even worse, because the weight of the penalty of sin was given to us by our first parents, Adam and Eve, we’re all sentenced to death. The bible goes on and even says before Christ,we were enemies of God, dead, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, without hope, living in fear of death. All this while most lived and live as everything is alright.

I will skip the Middle Man for this post to focus on God the giver of this great Gift.  To be right to the point, through Jesus Christ, God undoes, redoes, rebirth’s and establishes us again.  Not just as good people, no, but as His children!  Salvation can be said like this, it is God paying the penalty of sin for us, giving us a life of hope now and for eternity, equally blessing us all in Jesus, making us blameless, and without fault in His sight.  It is God adopting us as His children, making us His people; together with other Saints God has made us, His own dwelling place in the Spirit.  Instead of a life under fear; tormented and bound.  He has given us His Spirit that pours out His love in our hearts, the same Spirit that gives us power and a sound mind.  God has also given us liberty in Jesus, permission and freedom to do His will.  Salvation is us being free from sin in the present tense and day by day being conformed into the image of Jesus’, who is the perfect replication of God.  Salvation is an act and a process; we come to know Him and receive eternal life, and yet we must still endure to the end, where we are promised to enter into His presence where there will be no tears, and we’ll be given leaves off the tree of life.

Salvation is a gift of God!  Maybe, we don’t realize its a gift!  I understand the theology that stirs the debate about how people are saved, but I can’t ignore scripture!  It is a gift of God, despite what’s to be said about us, God gives it. The Greek word used here for gift means, sacrifice and can be translated as offering or gift.  When we except salvation we are receiving a sacrifice or an offering from God.  I pray that the deeper depth’s of this great truth would be known to all of us.  God chose to give this offering to you and me, this sacrifice He made on His own accord for our benefit.  No person takes a gift, it’s given.  It’s not a right, it’s not something that at the end of life everyone will have, it’s not a fairy tale, its the difference between heaven and hell!

 

Have you rejoiced over your salvation lately?

When was the last time that you reflected on this gift?

Do you agree that the idea of salvation has fallen by the wayside?

 

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  1. Shannon says:

    Thank you for such a beautifully written reminder of the joy of our salvation and the need to remain ever grateful for the glorious gift we have been given!
    God bless as you continue to courageously answer His call.

  2. Dicky says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

  3. Rob says:

    I appreciate the clarity you have shown in explaining what salvation is speaking of… May the Lord bless you!

    • Thomas Smith says:

      Thank you and God bless you, our salvation is so great a gift and it has to do with more than just escaping hell, it deserves nothing less.

  4. Tahlitha says:

    Wonderful message Thomas. “We can’t ignore scripture.” What a broad and everlasting truth of what Salvation is. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a blessed week!

  5. Mel says:

    I have no words for this post… just awesome… awesome. And legit.

    I really like that you ask questions at the end of your posts. This is great! Way to encourage people to really take your messages deeper so that they can be retained and applied.

    1. I don’t know how to define rejoicing? I think I’ve almost been living in a constant state of rejoicing…thankfulness…just utter thankfulness…which has been known to lead to weeping, a good kind, over who God is and what He’s done. The rest of the time I kind of just walk around, the best way I can describe it is, joyful…truly joyful…especially after I’ve been in His presence…joyful.

    2. Hmm…just now, reading your great message!

    3. DEFINITELY! Salvation is vastly misunderstood and disregarded by the world. Salvation is almost like a dirty word these days…you just don’t ever hear it being used, ever, and when it is it (outside of the body of Christ) it always feels so outdated, old-fashioned and almost…what’s the word here…religious. Yep. Religious.

    Oh and hey, thanks for being so encouraging and for posting and thanks for checking out my friend Ben’s blog and blessing him with encouragement!!! God bless you, Thomas!

    • Thomas Smith says:

      Mel,

      The joy that you have comes through, I can’t explain it but the joy and love you have for the Lord is evident. May God’s blessing of grace and peace be yours.

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