Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song;he also is become my salvation."Isa12:2

Mark dear christian friend where your salvation comes from. We know that it is not the works of our own hands that have redeemed us to our Great Heavenly Father, nor is it the merits of any from our lineage. Our salvation is wholly by grace as we are all well aware of. But where did grace come from? In this world we find no grace, and a very limited mercy coming from the hands of the inhabitants hereof. Grace is wholly found in God; it is impossible for us to view God and not be consumed with grace. Faith is the vehicle by which we receive this grace, but were it not for God being so true we would never have reason for faith, therefore faith is also of God alone! Once we receive this salvation by grace through faith how are we to conduct ourselves? Again it is through God; for Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word. (Rom 10:17) And again for the just (justified) shall live by faith.(Heb 10:38) Remember well, that faith, hope and charity are all the spiritual gifts we have today, and all of us have them all! What was Isaiah going to do? He would "not be afraid" for "perfect love casteth out fear"(1 Jn 4:18). Friend what have we to fear with God as the whole substance and sum of our salvation? We never need spend another night fretting whether hell would be our retribution were we to depart this life. We need never fear that God would cast us out, for we can point only to him for our redemption. We can have the boldness of leviathan, and mock at fear; for "if God be for us who can be against us?" (Rom 8:31) and we can praise from the highest places, for God himself is our salvation, and not we ourselves!

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