Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Daily Devo - Tuesday, 07/14/2009

"[The Jailer] brought them out and said, 'Sirs,
what must
I do to be saved?' And they said,
'Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ,
and you will be saved.'"

Acts 16:30-31 (ESV)

The whole concept of salvation is a wonderful and beautiful mystery. One the one hand, Scripture clearly insists that salvation is solely a work of God. We can do nothing to earn it--in fact, left to ourselves we didn't even want it. On the other hand, the Bible calls on all people to repent and turn to God. From the one angle, we are chosen; from the other, we choose.

I think there are some fairly good theological explanations for this apparent paradox, but I believe by focusing exclusively on 'solving the paradox' we miss the larger message of the Gospel. There is a beauty to the Gospel message, but also a hideous warning. The saved person thankfully says,
"I'm in heaven because of God!" The lost person must truthfully say, "I'm in hell because of me!" Those who are damned will never be able to blame God or say, "I'm damned because God did not choose me." Their damnation is based not upon God's rejection of them but upon their rejection of God.

The beauty of the Gospel is in the fact that my salvation is in the hands of God. Yet, an ugly truth remains: the Lord has salvation in His hands while the unbeliever has damnation in his own.

Whose hands are controlling you?

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