Saturday, September 17, 2011

Salvation of God

 16But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
 17Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.
 18When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
 19Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
 20Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.
 21These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
 22Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
 23Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
(Psalm 50:16-23, King James Version)

Salvation of God

 16 But to the wicked God says:
         “What right have you to declare My statutes,
         Or take My covenant in your mouth,
 17 Seeing you hate instruction
         And cast My words behind you?
            (Psalm 50:16-17, New King James Version)

Can I be a Christian and act anyway I want to act? If one only has to believe to become a Christian, then Christ died for my sins even if I choose to not obey Him, right? In other words, what does it really mean to possess the salvation of God?

The Jews were under the misconception that they were children of God just because they were part of the Jewish race. They may have been disobedient Jews, but they were still Jews. In Christian circles today, this question is still hotly debated. If salvation is totally of God and not of ourselves, then does it matter how we act, or how obedient we may or may not be to the Bible?

The Psalmist fully addresses this idea in Psalm 50. He is speaking to the religious Jews when He asks, "What right have you to declare My statutes . . . . seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you?"

It is true that salvation is entirely of God, and not of ourselves; i.e., our works cannot save us. However, it is also true that genuine salvation of God is evidenced by a change in our hearts which leads to a change in our actions. Though we will always wrestle with sin, this side of heaven, as Christians, our sin is a grief to us. In our heart of hearts we desire to love and obey God so much that breaking His Law causes untold misery in our hearts. Consequently, this grief leads the normal Christian to become more and more like Christ in their thoughts, words, and deeds.

This is not true of the unbeliever. When is that last time you have heard people of the world grieving over their sins? When is the last time you have seen people of the world even believe they are sinners? Most of the time, if sin is even addressed, people of the world are proud of their sin.

Look at the main characters in books and movies today. Even in animated Disney movies, the main character, whether male or female, is usually vain, selfish, and totally lacks any kind of submission to authority. Families are portrayed as largely dysfunctional, with the kids being the only ones who seem to have any semblance of wisdom or intelligence.

Is that the way the Bible portrays the ideal family? No! However, we have lost all sense of God's order in our society today. It is time that Christians reclaim Biblical standards in their lives and in the lives of their families.

It is a sobering reality that not all who claim to be Israel (Christians) are really the Israel of God (true believers.)  The true believer understands that there is nothing they can do, in and of themselves, to become right with God. Their sin will always separate them from a holy, righteous God.

The true salvation of God is granted to those who humbly fall before Christ, confessing their own unworthiness, and claiming Christ as the only One Who can pay the debt of their sins. As they cry out to Christ to save them, He becomes the true Lord of their life. From that moment on, they set their hearts to love and serve Him forever!

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

God Bless You,

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