Monday, November 28, 2011

Revisiting Christian Doctrine Part 3 ( Salvation Through Grace)

 I am helpless without the power of God. I need Holy Spirit each day to help me overcome sin, evil thoughts, and the lust of my flesh. Our human desires are strong and opposite of the desires of God. Some would say, " Then why should we have to stop our desires."" Why can't I fulfill my lust each day."  Well the bible says sin leads to death. Death in the worse kind. Death of body and soul. Eternal death is the worse kind of death any one person could have. God never meant for mankind to die nor to fall into sin. If you look at the many different kinds of sin today; one could see why the Lord does not desire for us to do them. All sin leads to more sin and to horrible outcomes. Ted Bundy, Serial killer in the 80's, told Dr. James Dobson  in an interview that pornography was a strong force which helped drive is sexual desires towards women and in turn to kill them. Now don't get me wrong not every person who looks at porn is a serial killer but it is what I call a starter sin which can develop into more hardcore sins. I have enclosed a video which talks about the effects of pornography on the brain. If anyone out there thinks that sin does not effect you or anyone else; you are badly mistaken. That is why we need a Savior. This is why we need salvation through His grace.!/2011/03/dr-hilton-talks-about-effects-of.html

I just used pornography as one example.It is something I have fought from time to time in my life and I understand it's power. It becomes a stronghold for many and this is the same for many sins that people are bound to throughout the world.  As you can see you and I need a savior. The doctrine of Salvation through Grace is  where God has given us a way out from our sin through Jesus Christ. Look at the below verses.

Ephesians 2:8-9  God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God.  (9)  It's not the result of anything you've done, so no one can brag about it.

God has saved us through his kindness. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves from sin nor to get salvation through Christ. It is a free gift given to us through the grace of God. Grace is God's unmerited favor given freely to mankind. In other words, we deserve to die in our sin. We deserve to face the consequences for our sin but God said NO. "I will give my people a way out from their sin. I will show them my mercy and give them a better choice."

Jesus died for us even before we were born. He gave us a way out even before the taste of our first sin. He brings us freedom from all accounts of sin and covers us with His wonderful grace.

Romans 5:5-14  We're not ashamed to have this confidence, because God's love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.  (6)  Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people.  (7)  Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person.  (8)  Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God's love for us.  (9)  Since Christ's blood has now given us God's approval, we are even more certain that Christ will save us from God's anger.  (10)  If the death of his Son restored our relationship with God while we were still his enemies, we are even more certain that, because of this restored relationship, the life of his Son will save us.  (11)  In addition, our Lord Jesus Christ lets us continue to brag about God. After all, it is through Christ that we now have this restored relationship with God.  (12)  Sin came into the world through one person, and death came through sin. So death spread to everyone, because everyone sinned.  (13)  Sin was in the world before there were any laws. But no record of sin can be kept when there are no laws.  (14)  Yet, death ruled from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin in the same way Adam did when he disobeyed. Adam is an image of the one who would come.

The First Adam brought sin into the world and sin brought death. The Second Adam ( Jesus Christ) brought salvation through Grace and through Grace eternal life. We can now have a restored relationship with the living God. The bridge has been rebuilt through the blood of Christ and his wonderful sacrifice.

Salvation through Grace is a God thing. He chose to give us a way out instead of allowing us to suffer for what we deserve. It is His mercy which have been bestowed upon us. There is nothing we can do to get salvation but to simply receive it by faith. We can not add to it nor make our own path. We truly need a savior.

Through Grace and Salvation sin no longer has to have dominion over mankind. We can walk in freedom through the power of Christ living within us.

Romans 6:13-16  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  (14)  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  (15)  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.  (16)  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

We never understand God's salvation through grace for our lives until we understand the depth of our sin.  John Henry Newton was a slave trader back in the 1800's. He saw the horrible conditions of the slave trade and actually fulfilled them. Many slaves died on his ships and many were sold to evil masters where they were beaten and subdued to harsher treatments. John later gave his life to Christ and became a minister of the gospel. He battled the guilt from being a slave trader and during one such episode of guilt he produced this famous song.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

Walk in freedom today. Except the grace of God. Salvation of Christ can change the cold heart of any man or woman. We come to him through faith. We need his salvation through Grace.

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