Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, May 16, 2016

Why is any man saved?

Many have set about to formulate an answer to this question. Good intentions aside, most of these responses are based on a very narrow, narcissistic concept of the salvation gifted to the elect and an even more narrow concept of God. Little more than lip service is given to the Sovereignty of God  as the subject is quickly changed to the Love of God. Of the many Attributes of God that are on constant display, no one Attribute ever takes center stage over another Attribute. They all work in perfect synchronization. But the "gospel" that is preached today seems to have a "god" with only one attribute---love---hence, what is offered as salvation is a fraud. Today's "evangelical gospel" is void of repentance, genuine faith, and regeneration, making it "another gospel" which is no Gospel at all. It is also void of anything that even remotely glorifies the God who has taken great care and spared nothing to effect salvation for His chosen ones. He did not spare His Son which is the greatest evidence of His Love for His elect. But this fact is treated lightly and passed over quickly so as to emphasize the mushy, sentimental slop that is considered "love" in today's world. Yet the giving of His Son in our place is the heart of the Gospel.

1 John 2:12 states: "I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His Name's sake." The specific reason that anyone is saved is "for His Name's sake." Our Lord never does anything that does not bring perfect and justified glory to Himself. Examples of this can be found throughout the Scriptures. "I, even I, am He who blots your transgressions for My own sake" Isa. 43:25. The judgment of our sins and the forgiveness of them is not primarily for us, but for Him as seen in Ezek. 20:43 & 44 and Ezek. 36:31 & 32. Daniel's prayer was offered primarily for the sake of God's Name, with His people reaping the benefits of His forgiveness Dan. 9:16-19. David repeatedly offered prayers for himself with the ultimate goal of glorifying God and His Name; Psa. 23:3; 25:11; 109:21; 143:11. In Psa. 106:8 we find that God brought His children our of Egypt and parted the Red Sea saving the Israelites "for His name's sake" while they benefited from His mercy. The whole of John 17 is a portrait of the glory of God consummated in the crucifixion and resurrection of the Son of God; all for His glory, while we reap the eternal benefits thereof. There are dozens, hundreds, of examples to the same end. A good place to start is in your concordance with the word "sake."

To understand that the salvation we have been given is first and foremost for the glory of God should bring a flood of gratitude to our hearts. He has provided for us that which we could not even dream of in our depraved state. This salvation of His is unique to the elect. "For many are called, but few are chosen" and "you did not choose Me, but I chose you" should resound in our heart and as it does this silly notion that we had anything to do with "being saved" will be completely dismantled along with the notion that He found something "worthy" in us so as to justify our redemption. The Lord will share His glory with no one, especially those who have claimed to have approached God first to demand salvation on their terms. Those that are truly redeemed are first broken, then made a "new creation" in Christ Luke 20:18; 2 Cor. 5:17. Genuine believers know this, the charlatans do everything to deny this.

Know that you have been redeemed for the glory of God. Relish the fact, swim in it, eat it, drink it, rejoice with joy unspeakable all FULL OF GLORY---1 Pet.1:8. We will see His Face soon enough!!

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