The Salvation: Who is it for?

January 18, 2007

“I have received the eternal forgiveness of sins by the blood of the Lord Jesus. So, there is now no condemnation for me. I’m not a sinner anymore. My salvation is secure.”

Everyone who has this kind of faith is still an infant. He has not denied himself completely, and he has come to need milk, not solid food. He needs someone to teach him the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.

Salvation is by the will of God, not by the will of sinners. It is written, “But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, O God.'” (Hebrews 10:3-7).

What is the purpose of salvation? What God wants to see is not the sinners pleased with receiving the forgiveness of their sins by the blood of His son. He wants to be pleased with seeing saved sinners show the same love as their savior did by saving them from death.

The Bible said about the true salvation, “Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.” (1 John 2:10). And also, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” (1 John 3:14). And again, “And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:21).

Love is the will of God. Jesus, who was sent into the world to save sinners, made this love complete, and is waiting his people to make their love–salvation–complete by this love.

Therefore, the love of God should also be made complete in those who received the forgiveness of their sins through Christ Jesus. It is written, “…your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10).

The Bible says about it, “As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” (1 Peter 4:2). And also, “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17).

The will of God is our salvation for the joy of God. The Bible says, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Psalms 51:12).

It is written about David, a shepherd who became king, “Who sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments, And invent for yourselves musical instruments like David.” (Amos 6:5). The salvation is not for the one who has a sexual relation with the wife of his faithful retainer and kills him and enjoys the pleasures of sin by using the authority given to himself. The true salvation is for the joy of God–the joy of His salvation. So, it is written, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10).

The true gospel does not end with cancelling ten thousand talents of debt. It ends with a hundred denarii. The will of God is accomplished with a hundred denarii. It is written, “Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” (Matthew 18:33). Our Lord Jesus accomplished this very will of God and became the firstfruits.

Like this, in faith in the Lord Jesus, our old man should be crucified with Christ, and the body of sin should be done away, and our new man should be born again of God and participate in the divine nature. That is the salvation. It is written, “In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.” (1 John 4:17).

As far as salvation is concerned, the kingdom of God, not the kingdom of sinners, comes. There will be no flesh and blood. It is written, “I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” (1 Corinthians 15:50).

Therefore, the salvation is for the joy of God, and we can work out our salvation only for the joy of God. Thank you, Lord.

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