Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Who Am I? {Saved} In Christ {Day 10} #31Days


"And there is salvation in no one else, 
for there is no other name under heaven given among men
by which we must be saved."
(Acts 4:12)



"Salvation is the total restoration of man from his fallen estate; and yet it is something more than that, for God's salvation fixes our standing more secure than it was before we fell. It finds us broken in pieces by the sin of our first parent, defiled, stained, accursed: it first heals our wounds, it removes our diseases, it takes away our curse, it puts our feet upon the rock Christ Jesus, and having thus done, at last it lifts our heads far above all principalities. and powers, to be crowned for ever with Jesus Christ, the King of heaven. 
Some people, when they use the word "salvation," understand nothing more by it than deliverance from hell and admittance into heaven. Now, that is not salvation: those two things are the effects of salvation. We are redeemed from hell because we are saved, and we enter heaven because we have been saved beforehand. Our everlasting state is the effect of salvation in this life. Salvation, it is true, includes all that, because salvation is the mother of it, and carrieth it within its bowels; but still it were wrong for us to imagine that that is all the meaning of the word. 
Salvation begins with us as wandering sheep; it follows us through all our mazy wanderings; it puts us on the shoulders of the shepherd; it carries us into the fold; it calls together the friends and the neighbors; it rejoices over us; it preserves us in that fold through life; and then at last it brings us to the green pastures of heaven, beside the still waters of bliss, where we lie down for ever, in the presence of the Chief Shepherd, never more to be disturbed.
~ Charles Spurgeon [emphasis added]





"The best part is, the past, the present, the future work of salvation in our lives is all the work of Christ in us. Along every step of salvation, we are brought along by Jesus and lovingly empowered by his Holy Spirit." 

"The Truth is that though salvation by grace is simple, it's actually hard because it requires that we humbly come empty-handed to God. We earn nothing, Jesus earns it all. We boast in nothing, Jesus gets all our boasting. We don't save ourselves, Jesus alone saves us."
~ Mark Driscoll, "Who Do You Think You Are?"

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This is Day 10 for the series: 31 Days: Who am I? {In Christ} Who is the I AM. 

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