GOD’S SALVATION

GOD is

the greatest Sower. 

He is the greatest Reaper.

  God has always sowed kindness and mercy,

justice, and faithfulness,

truth and righteousness.

THAT is His kind of seed.

He puts into the

soil of humanity.

AS the greatest Sower,

He today, as He always has, is looking for

a harvest of the same kind.

Each after its own kind

is His Law of Sowing and Reaping.

David, King of Israel, said after God delivered him from all his enemies, “The God of my rock, in Him will I trust;  He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my Saviour, You save me from violence.”  2 Sam 22:3.

God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is my Salvation as well as being my Saviour.

  Is He YOURS?

One of the most serious faults of the nation of Israel after they came into their God Promised Land (known previously as ‘Canaan’ – because of the Canaanites, children of Canaan, a grandson of Noah, living in the land), was that THEY FORGOT THEIR GOD. 

Have you forgotten God who holds your breath in His hands?

Psalm 106:21 says “They forgot God their Saviour, which (or who) had done great things in Egypt.”

Have you forgotten God who has done great things for you?  If you do not know of anything God has done for you personally, let me tell you that He has sent His Son into the world to be a perfect and holy sacrifice for YOU because of your conscious or ignorant rebellion towards God. 

Because God is absolutely Holy, without fault, error, blemish, sin, and because He is perfectly Just, He must punish all those who defy, rebel, dismiss, disregard His Holt commands.  God as King over all the earth, and over all creation – all created things, time space, and matter, is rightly angry against all and every sin and those who remain in their sin.

But God is also full of mercy and tender compassion and is willing to forgive all persons who humble themselves under His mighty powerful hand, and cancel their debt against Him. And this is precisely why Jesus Christ was sent to earth from Heaven, to become both my and your Redeemer, our guilt offering, our peace offering, our sin offering.  So Father God laid ALL our sins, all our guilt, all our punishment due us, upon His own Son – Jesus of Nazareth. 

The wrath of God is revealed against ALL unrighteousness, and that wrath of God held against us was poured out completely upon Jesus Christ as He was nailed to the Roman cross nearly two thousand years ago.  In the death of Jesus Christ executed under the hand of the might and power of Rome,all your sins were, and all the power of sin, and all the punishment of sin was lawfully dealt with.  This was the love of God in action for your sake, and for mine.

God’s wrath was satisfied in and upon Jesus Christ. 

Technically, you are the property of God Almighty, both by virtue of the fact that He made you from the dust of the earth which He Himself made from nothing, and He paid for your redemption.  The redemption price was the pure holy life blood of Jesus.

Jesus took your rap.  Jesus took the verdict guilty leveled against you because of your rejection of God’s mercy through Jesus Christ His Son.  And that verdict was death; separation from God.  Jesus was separated from God because He took your sins, your many sins and bore them in His own body as the Roman soldiers took Him and nailed Him to a cross. 

Jesus cried out for your sake…MY GOD! MY GOD!  Why haveYou forsaken Me!!??  Jesus  suffered this separation so that you would not be cut off from God forever owing to your own sins.

Israel(ites), the children of Jacob whose name God changed to Israel, was the first nation to experience God’s salvation.  Jesus Christ told the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well (John 4:22), that salvation is of (or belonging to) the Jews (Children of Israel).  But Jesus also said that He had other sheep not of this (Jewish) fold which He had to gather to Himself (John 10:16).

The ‘other sheep’ Jesus spoke of are the Gentile nations – all non – Jews.  If you are not Jewish, then Jesus was speaking of you.  He wants to gather you to Himself.  Will you let Him?  Will you come to Him, wholeheartedly?

If you are a Jew, of the shildren of Israel, then you too can come to Yeshua Ha Messiach, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Not only can you come.  You MUST!

After the Israelites came miraculously through the Red Sea safely and happily, they were watching on the other side of that Sea as God overthrew the whole mighty company of Egyptian men, chariots and horses.  All the Egyptians who tried to cross as the Hebrews had done, all perished in the Sea.  The waters were held back for Israel.  But then God told Moses to raise his rod over the Sea and the walls of water, were released by God to their original place. 

If you can, capture the idea of two high and huge walls of water coming to meet each other onto themselves. Falling water is powerful.  Even a surf wave of just a few meters high can be overwhelming.  These soldiers did not have surf boards or power boats, they would have been useless anyway. 

Because they were completely against God’s chosen people, to destroy them, they were actually opposing God.   Therefore God was against them.  They perished.  But Israel was rejoicing because they could see the dead bodies of the Egyptians…the might of Egypt gone.  The power that had enslaved them was now broken.  Ex. 14:30  And it was God who did this work of salvation. 

It wasn’t as if God had not warned Egypt.  Ten times God warned Egypt to let His people go and serve Him.

Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spoke, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and rider hath He thrown into the Sea.  The Lord is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation.”  Ex. 15:1,2

The Lord God – Yehovah, is my Strength, my Song and my Salvation. 

Is He yours? 

Not only that He gives freely to us strength, and a song and salvation, which are themselves indescribably wonderful, but that He, God Himself is to us in reality, our Strength, our Song and our Salvation.

God never changes.  Generations come and generations go.  But the God of all generations and all ages is unchanging.  Malachi 3:6  For I am the Lord, I change not; ...”

The word ‘salvation’ occurs more than 150 times in Scripture – the Holy Bible (KJV).  It refers to safety, deliverance, saving health, prosperity (prosperity here really has little money and more to do with help along God’s way.

God describes Himself as Salvation.  He not only works salvation.  He not only gives salvation.  He not only owns salvation. 

He is Salvation. 

And He alone is Salvation.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my Salvation; I will trust and not be afraid    The Lord is my light and my Salvation.  Whom shall I fear?  Psalm 27:1; also Exodus 15:1-3.

The Church talks much about being saved – “Are you saved?” – of having or possessing salvation – God’s work in your life. 

But does the church talk much about Yehovah God Himself being Salvation to us?  Unless we grasp this truth that God Himself is Salvation – our Salvation, then we have not fully grasped the truth about salvation.  It has been in the Word since it was first written.  I have only in the last number of years realized this truth myself.  It has changed my whole approach to this most important matter.

Salvation has EVERYTHING to do with God.  Because SALVATION is God‘s work and not man’s, whatever God does or works, for the benefit those who have repent and believe in Jesus Christ as the Scriptures say, then that work has to do with salvation.

We are so used to modern evangelical teaching, which teaching focuses primarily only on a small part of the benefit or work of salvation.  Because this teaching has been around for a long long time, we treat the status quo of this teaching as all there is to it.

This is why I ask the reader,

are you aware

that the Bible says a number of times that

God IS Salvation?

We could discuss the old testament factor, but let us look at the new testament.   Does the New testament tell us that God is salvation?

YES!!

Luke gives us three instances to look at.  Luke 2:30 reads “”For my eyes have seen Your salvation“.

Simeon was at Jerusalem awaiting the Consolation of Israel.  The Holy Ghost was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  The Holy Spirit led him into the temple at the time that Joseph and Mariam (Mary) were bringing Jesus as an infant into the Temple.  Simeon then was able to hold Jesus in his arms.  He blessed God, and spoke marvellous things to God including the above sentence.

There was one consuming passion in Simeon’s mind; He wanted to see the Consolation of Israel – the Messiah, the Hope of Israel – the Lord’s Christ.  When He saw Jesus in his arms, he knew by the Holy Spirit’s revelation that this was the Salvation of God – My eyes have seen  Your Salvation.  The salvation of God is a mighty consolation to those who enter into ‘it’.

The Lord is my Light and Salvation, Psalm 27:1. Good Evangelicals will fully acknowledge that Jesus is both Lord and, that He said of Himself that He is the Light of the world.  So ‘The Lord’ of Psalm 27 is Jesus Christ.  And Jesus is the Light which John (ch. 1) bears testimony to.    Jesus is Salvation.

Luke also records what John the baptist said of the coming Messiah whom he identified by the Holy Spirit as the Lamb of God, Jesus of Nazareth, the Lord’s Christ.  “All flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord.”  Luke 3:6.

Luke 19:9 reads “And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham.”  Yes, Zaccheus repented with fruits meet worthy of repentance.  If there is no fruit of repentance there is no repentance.

That day Jesus came to the house of the tax collector Zaccheus, the Salvation of God  – Jesus whom Simeon saw as a babe, entered into the house of Zaccheus.  And Zaccheus not only welcomed Jesus into his house, but also welcomed – fully embraced the words of life which Jesus spoke; the saving words of God. 

Zaccheus  turned his back on his past life – his shrewdness, his methods of getting on in the world, his ignorance of who Jesus Christ really was.  And in turning his back on his past sins, he repented and yielded up his will and ways to Jesus Christ, the Salvation of God.  He restored things that he had stolen; those he cheated in his job as a collector of tax he made it good.  Only after he promised this with sincerity, a settled resolution to restore what he had stolen, did Jesus pronounce salvation for Zaccheus.

Will you welcome Jesus into your life.  Will you allow the Salvation of God – Jesus Christ to be Lord of your life.  Will you repent,  turn from your sins – whatever they may be small or great, and fully embrace the words of Jesus Christ, so that you may have life and life abundantly, now and for eternity?

God hates sin. 

Sin has entangled us inside and out.  We cannot untangle ourselves.  Only Jesus can do that.  But we must hav resolute desire to be rid of the things that offend God, and which will destroy us.  Jesus paid a great price for our freedom from sin.  We must accept that price. 

We must flee from sin and flee unto God.  We do this by faith firstly in our heart then that which is in our heart will be expressed by our mouths as a free and honest confession, then we begin to act out that confession making it a reality.    None of this can be done without the real work of the Holy Spirit of God working in us.

Following Jesus is a tough thing.  No man can do it on his own, or in his own strength.  Jesus said whoever comes after Me, follows after Me, must take up his cross and follow Me.  Taking up our  cross means dying to our own selfish interests and living first and foremost for Jesus Christ.  It means to put Him first in everything.  It means to submit everything to Him that concerns us.  And this is what as Jesus did with His Heavenly Father. 

He who tries to save his own life – his way, will lose it, said Jesus.  He who loses his life for Jesus’ sake  will find it.  There is NO middle ground.  It is either all or nothing.

Judas tried to follow Jesus while walking two roads.  Physically, he was walking where Jesus walked.  But in his mind and heart he was walking a  road of vested interest – his own.  He had his personal agenda that he was following all the while doing real spiritual stuff and fooling all his peers – EXCEPT JESUS.

Judas tried to save his own life BUT lost everything, both in the natural realm and in the spiritual realm.  What he sowed, he reaped.

May the Lord Jesus grant you mercy and grace, godly sorrow, and repentance unto eternal life.  Cry out to Him this day from the depths of your being.  He is ready to save you.

Salvation is not just the beginning of a journey, it is a life long journey with Jesus Christ.  And if you go all the way with Him, His way, all the days of your life, then you will enter into the eternal Rest that God has purchased for you by the death of His Son.

This study of God’s salvation is continued on another page.