SALVATION: WITHIN TO WITHOUT – Part 1
Remember that you were at that time separated (living apart) from Christ [excluded from all parts in Him], utterly estranged and outlawed from the rights of Israel as a nation, and strangers with no share in the sacred compacts of the [Messianic] promise [with no knowledge of or right in God’s agreements, His covenants]. And you had no hope (no promise); you were in the world without God. (AMP)
When man fell in the Garden of Eden, it was a spiritual demise which caused a separation from the life of God. This alienation brought about a loss of previous rights and privileges. Man was stripped of his divine access and became susceptible to the consequences of sin and death. Redemption therefore, became pertinent in the face of the hostility encountered. All of mankind needed to be saved. Many are in dire need to be free of these hostile conditions but the only exit strategy is association with another (Jesus). Salvation is a gift that has its contents accessed via relationship with and revelation of Jesus Christ which will bring about total transformation.
The redemptive plan of God is deeply rooted in His love towards us even while we were in sin. Christ paid the ultimate price by rescuing us from captivity and the kingdom of darkness into that of His light. God shows His love towards us but in turn, we need to respond to His Love by faith.
Christ initiated fellowship with us and accepting Him brings about a communion. His Holy Spirit in us is our redemption seal of this relationship.
A relationship involves commitment and responsibility which should be mutual. Having being engrafted into the new life, there is an expectation of change which first begins instantaneously in our spirit and diffuses to our soul and body which ultimately culminates into a brand new you. The word of God is explicit on the quality of our new life in Christ Jesus. It is not merely of survival but one which is complete, full, overflowing and a representation of the divine life of God. Our salvation is total; this means we are to live the plan and purpose of God to its fullness. We are to replicate heaven on Earth both within and without.
A relationship grants you access. You can boldly declare and use the name of Jesus to produce in you and for you. You are now a member of the family of God with a new name and identity.
Our relationship with Him also grants us privileges of covering and security. We don’t need to run to God only when in crisis anymore. The master over all situations and challenges now dwells within you; call on Him and He will answer you. You now have a relationship with the Saviour.
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
My relationship with the saviour keeps me safe.
Questions for you to reflect on:
Name two benefits of salvation?