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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

GPS: God’s Plan of Salvation

“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory,” Ephesians 1:12-14, KJV.

God’s plan of salvation has been mapped out even before Jesus walked this Earth in human form. The scriptures testify of His existence and notably God ordained it to be so. I often think about how wonderful the Lord has been to mankind; from the beginning of time, to the mass exodus from Egypt, to the forty years in the wilderness, all the way up to the Son walking the face of this Earth. It takes a very patient God to lay the foundation so that we’d be able to understand His faithfulness.

God could have just created more angels to praise and worship Him, but in creating humans He created special beings. I’m not saying that angels are not special because they are. “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Hebrews 1:14, KJV. Rather what I am saying is that God selflessly gave of Himself. And for Him to give so freely and to love so tenderly, He justly expects the reverence of worship in return.

It is often questionable of how many freely bow down to “other gods” and selfishly reject God stating that He has no place in their lives. Many are as bold to say that they themselves are responsible for their earthly “success.” How can man can be so confident in themselves when we aren’t even able to move within our bodies without the aid and grace of God? Some argumentatively oppose, but I challenge them to consult with those who desire to walk on their own accord and unable to do so. What about the mother who cannot sew anymore due to arthritis? Or the young man whose legs are broken that ended his football career? These are all things that we should consider and not take for granted for we don’t know what condition we’ll be in on tomorrow.

I think on these things, taking into account God’s divine plan of salvation. He blesses us with the wisdom to understand our need for His covering. God makes available a map directing us on how to get saved. We’ve often heard of treasure maps leading to a pot of gold and many would grab, claw, and fight their way to get it if they actually thought it was legitimate. Isn’t this how we should be when it comes to Jesus? When we get to the point of understanding the gravity of salvation, I believe many would have a totally different outlook on life. Death isn’t just for the old and frail, but it hits the young and strong as well. I thank God everyday for my salvation for without Him, I don’t know where I would be.

Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes,” Psalm 119:155, KJV.

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