πŸ‘‘ God’s Faithfulness And Ours

Many people suppose that salvation is God’s reward to those who do their best to live good lives. This is not so, for God’s Word says of those who are saved:

β€œWho hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (II Tim. 1:9).

Referring to this β€œsalvation which is in Christ Jesus,” St. Paul says:

β€œIt is a faithful saying, for if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him” (II Tim. 2:10,11).

In other words: The believer, viewing Calvary aright, has β€œdied with Christ.” Viewing the Cross, he has said: β€œThis is not Christ’s death. He was no sinner. He had no death to die. He is dying my death!” And so by faith he is β€œcrucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20). The penalty for all his sins has been fully paid, for he died β€” in Christ, and thus has also risen with Christ β€œto walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:3,4).

This is all God’s doing, and only now is the believer in a position to do good works that will please God. Thus the Apostle writes of believers: β€œIf we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us” (II Tim. 212). When the believer’s service for Christ is reviewed some, indeed, will β€œreceive a reward,” but others will β€œsuffer loss,” though they themselves will β€œbe saved, yet so as by fire” (I Cor. 3:14,15).

It will be deeply embarrassing, in that day, for unfaithful Christians to face empty-handed the One who gave His all, Himself, to save them. Yet salvation is by grace, thus the Apostle hastens to conclude his statement with the words:

β€œIf we are unfaithful, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself” (II Tim. 213).

Thus our rewards as believers depend upon our faithfulness, but our salvation, thank God, on His! source

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