Tuesday, June 30, 2009

About Receiving Salvation


Will God accept our imperfect level of sincerity?

God doesn’t reject His people, He redeems them.

Because of our imperfectness we do not deserve salvation and there is nothing we can do to earn it (Ephesians 2:8,9). It is only by Gods grace through the gift of faith that we are saved.

Scripture tells us that due to the greatness, sufficiency, and perfection of Christ’s sacrifice at the Cross, all those who have been baptized by the Spirit (born again), and have truly received Christ as Savior are eternally secure in salvation, kept by God’s power, secured and sealed in Christ forever (John ch 3; 6:37-40; Ephesians 1:13,4:30).

Thus if a person is genuinely sincere in believing in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and that through Him is the only Way to be saved they are reconciled with Father God and are gifted eternal life (John 3:16). Father God convicts His people to have faith in His Son alone, a faith that is a living faith and not just a said faith.

But it is not the level of a genuine living faith a Christian has that determines if God will accept them or not. Jesus points this out in (Luke 17:6), what even a small faith can bring about. More important than the quantity of faith is the object of faith, a great and powerful God. So whether the level of a Christian’s faith is small and immature or great and mature doesn’t matter when it comes to salvation because God is the focus, and He is the only One who can and will transform His people by cleansing and moving the mountain of imperfection and sin out and away from them thus ultimately making them holy, pure, and perfect in every way.

Salvation is not based upon being perfect. Despite our depravity we are by God’s grace justified and saved by the righteous blood of our faith object, Jesus Christ. We as imperfect beings are reconciled and sealed in personal relationship with God, blessed with the gift of eternal security, and gradually over a lifetime made holy. Once saved our immature faith, trust, and obedience continues to increase and mature and eventually we lose the desire to sin and our willingness to fully surrender our life to God becomes genuinely evident and sincere.

God bless


Daniel Shepherd said...

Hi Sis,

Are you able to post now?

bro DAniel

Mary Elizabeth Tyler said...

Dan it works. Yes!!!! Amen!! I did not do what you said to do, so how does that make you feel. :) I had to go in and change a setting. More later, I will delete this soon.

We are in business!!!

Mary Elizabeth Tyler said...

Testing once again.

Mary Elizabeth Tyler said...

Great comments, bro Dan. :)

God’s acceptance of us is based solely on His son’s work upon the cross. In Jesus Christ we are justified and Christ’s blood covers our sins completely, God no longer sees our blemishes, but only the precious blood of the Lamb, which was slain from the before the foundations of the world.

We are accepted in the beloved (Eph 1:16), counted as righteous by the obedience of one (Rom 5:19), and we are sealed in Christ Eph 1:13: Eph 4:30 unto the day of redemption. So, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Rom 5:19).”

You are correct in saying that salvation is not based upon being perfect, we are poor and have nothing to bring to the table, AND nothing to ADD to the work done upon the cross. Salvation is a work of God alone. Salvation is of the Lord (John 2:9).

We have NO reason to doubt that we WILL show and display fruit in our lives, because God is the cause of obedience, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Phl 2:13).” But we are also to be careful to maintain good works (Titus 3:8) and to “work out (y)our own salvation with fear and trembling (phl 2:12).

Our faith object is always to be Christ and Him alone, good works and obedience are a result of our faith in Christ and are never to be seen as a substitute for faith and trust in Him. If our confidence is in our obedience and good works we have totally denied Jesus’ work upon the cross. Our good works then become our God and if this happens we have surely made shipwreck of our faith, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Isa 64:6), we have all “become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one (Rom 3:12). Even our very best is not good enough, we are to have NO confidence in the flesh, our confidence is solely in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, in the sinless perfection of Jesus, who is our high tower, our priest, prophet, King, and Lord and Savior.

To God be all the Glory. No part of salvation (God's sole work) is tainted by the imperfections of sinful man, yet no imperfections of man will keep us from realizing His glory, because God chose the way of salvation and was so gracious by loving us first, that Christ chose to die upon the cross and to suffer God’s wrath, so that we might live!!!!!!!!!! May we never forget such grace divine!!!!!

Good topic, brother!


Daniel Shepherd said...

Hi sis Mary Tyler, :)

Very good comments about eternal security! Especially that it is all about Christ... we bring no good thing to the salvation table. We do not deserve it and cannot earn it. I look forward to your next article. Have a blessed day.

bro Daniel