Wednesday October 29, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Recognizing Salvation "

Recognizing Salvation requires that you know what it is, where it comes from, and what it does for you.

God, through Jesus Christ, makes Salvation available to you. It is your desire to be set free that makes it easy to recognize and Jesus tells you in John 8:36 KJV that He can free you from your prison of Sin:

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Your Bible describes this freedom to you. God provided this pathway to freedom by sacrificing His only Begotten Son and this same pathway was provided to those that died before His sacrifice. With His body in the tomb, 1 Peter 3:18-19 KJV says that He went and preached to them, giving them the same opportunity to Salvation and freedom that you have:

[18] For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

[19] By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

You learn in 1 Peter 4:6 KJV that Judgment is fair when Salvation is available to all:

For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

Psalm 37:39 KJV says that, when in trouble, Salvation become the source of your strength:

But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

Salvation is righteousness and Psalm 62:6-7 KJV says that in addition being your strength, it is your refuge. Christ, your Rock, is your Salvation:

[6] He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

[7] In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

How comforting to know that Salvation is the only defense you need. Psalm 98:2 KJV tells how the Lord disclosed Salvation to you and the world:

The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen

Openly, Christ faced those that persecuted him and by shedding His blood, He placed Salvation within your reach. Utilizing Paul’s effort, 2 Peter 3:15 KJV explains Salvation this way:

And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother





Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

Returning to the Old Testament, Psalm 27:1 KJV finds David describing Salvation as His lighted pathway, the strength of his life:

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

With Salvation as your strength, you have no reason to be afraid yet Psalm 119:155 KJV tells that some choose to live in fear…a life without salvation:

Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.

Salvation gives you a desire to do the things God asks and Psalm 140:7 KJV builds upon this strength:

O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

With your battles in life, Salvation gives you all the covering you need; Isaiah 12:2 KJV explains:

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Trusting the Lord is strength; He is your Salvation and with Him, you are never afraid!

Do you recognize your need for Salvation?

Do you feel His presence?



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