Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Reason for Our Salvation

"For God...made his light shine in our hearts to give us the
light of the knowledge of God's glory, displayed in the face of Christ."
2 Corinthians 4:6

When Christians talk about salvation, often it is in terms of being saved from something. This is certainly appropriate. After all, some of the great promises of the Gospel deal with Jesus saving us from some pretty nasty things--sin, death, and Hell being chief among them.

But Scripture often talks about Salvation in a different way...as if it we were being saved for something. This is what Paul is communicating in 2 Corinthians 4:6. One of the reasons God saved us is so that we could comprehend "the knowledge of God's glory".

Wait, what?

Tom Wells explains it this way: "When a man becomes a Christian he sees God in a new way. He sees God's glory. There is a splendor, a magnificence, a majesty about God that he did not see before. The Christian is a new man, and has a new awareness about God. That is Paul's position."*

In other words, God saved us for worship. He saved us so that we could delight in the knowledge of who He is. This has always been the heart of true Christianity.

Sadly, that word has become a label with little meaning. Sociologists tells us that 32% of the world is "Christian" (nearly 2.2 billion people).** But does 32% of the world really stand in reverential awe of God's splendor and delights in singing his praise? I cannot answer this question, but I suspect the actual percentage is much lower.

Have you 'prayed a prayer' or 'gotten right with Jesus'? I'm glad if you have. Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? I'd be delighted to hear if you do. But do you delight in worshipping the living God? That is a mark of a true believer.

* Tom Wells, A Vision for Mission (1985, Banner of Truth), p.22-23.

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