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God’s Love Toward Man

August 7, 2017

Salvation is not a reward. Salvation is not a wage. Salvation is a gift. Salvation is never given because of some work of righteousness. God did not look through the ages to see who would do good things for Him and then determine to save those ones. God did not look at the individual’s basic goodness, devotion or obedience and determine to save those worthy of His pardon.

Salvation is given according to God’s mercy. God’s mercy shows kindness and favor to those who do not deserve it. His mercy witholds judgment. God’s mercy is pity towards guilty men that stirs Him to defer judgment. The mercy of God gives pardon to those who deserve punishment. The mercy of God saw man’s deplorable condition and stepped in to rescue us from death.

God initiated salvation. When man was in sin God’s kindness and love toward men appeared. “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10) Salvation is available because God so loved the world. He saw man’s need and stepped in to redeem. No one is saved because he realized how much he needed salvation and sought out God for deliverance. Those who are saved are saved because God in His compassion provided a means for men to be rescued from their guilt and condemnation. You are saved because of the kindness and love of God that provided the means for you to be saved.

God in His mercy washes away sin. God the Spirit washes by regeneration. At salvation the heart is cleansed. The sinner is born again and made new. The prayer of David in Psalm 51 is also the promise of God to those who will believe Him. “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Blot out all my iniquities.” At salvation, the Christian is delivered of all guiltiness before God. Pardon is given and the sin stained heart is made clean. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Is. 1:18) “The blood of Jesus Christ God’s Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

Not only is sin washed away, righteousness is given. The grace of God gives righteousnss to those who believe. The grace of God does not give the ability to become righteous. The grace of God does not make it possible for the faithful to earn salvation. The grace of God gives full salvation. The grace of God has provided everything needed for a full salvation. The grace of God does everything needed to save. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Salvation is entirely God’s gift. It is His work fully accomplished for those who believe.


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