Tuesday, December 12, 2017
SALVATION INVOLVES THE WILL OF TWO
Synonyms for salvation include rescue and deliverance.
The need for salvation implies that a person is in some
kind of bondage. It is very clear that men and women
alike are in bondage to sin, and need deliverance
(salvation). If they don’t seek salvation, they will face
God’s judgment (death), because the Bible says, “All
have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans
3:23), and goes on to say in Romans 6:23 that the
penalty for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Salvation involves the will of two people; the will of the
One who has been offended (God) and the will of the
offender (the sinner). The law-giver (God) should be
willing to forgive; the sinner should desire forgiveness.
We know God is willing to forgive, because the Bible
clearly says, “He (the Lord) is patient with you, not
wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to
repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
But Dear Friend, do you understand that you are a
sinner (you are included in ALL)? If you are clear on that,
do you desire to be forgiven? God has made His desire
known! What is your desire? Do you or do you not desire
to be saved from the bondage of sin? If you do, you
need to make that desire known to God, just as He made
His known. How about saying, “Dear God, I am a sinner
deserving to die, but I plead for mercy and forgiveness
through the blood of Jesus Christ. Please cleanse me
from sin and make me your child, in Jesus’ name.” Pray
that and believe in your heart that God has forgiven you,
and God will do the rest (Romans 10:9).
On the other hand, if you do not desire to be saved, do
nothing; continue to live any way you want, the way
you have always lived. God will not force salvation on
anyone, but He will fulfill His promises, including the
ones regarding sin and repentance leading to salvation,
or disobedience leading to punishment/death. Since the
Bible says, the Lord does not want any to perish, you
clearly have the last word; you can choose to live or die.
Just so you know; the type of death in question is not
a physical death, but rather a never ceasing torment in
hell. I admonish you to choose repentance that leads to
forgiveness and eternal life.