Truth In PerspectivePosted: October 28, 2013
Please Read the following devotion slowly and carefully.
My Utmost for His Highest — Oswald Chambers
Justification by Faith
October 28, 2013
If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life —Romans 5:10
I am not saved by believing— I simply realize I am saved by believing. And it is not repentance that saves me— repentance is only the sign that I realize what God has done through Christ Jesus. The danger here is putting the emphasis on the effect, instead of on the cause. Is it my obedience, consecration, and dedication that make me right with God? It is never that! I am made right with God because, prior to all of that, Christ died. When I turn to God and by belief accept what God reveals, the miraculous atonement by the Cross of Christ instantly places me into a right relationship with God. And as a result of the supernatural miracle of God’s grace I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, or because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. The Spirit of God brings justification with a shattering, radiant light, and I know that I am saved, even though I don’t know how it was accomplished.
The salvation that comes from God is not based on human logic, but on the sacrificial death of Jesus. We can be born again solely because of the atonement of our Lord. Sinful men and women can be changed into new creations, not through their repentance or their belief, but through the wonderful work of God in Christ Jesus which preceded all of our experience (see 2 Corinthians 5:17-19). The unconquerable safety of justification and sanctification is God Himself. We do not have to accomplish these things ourselves— they have been accomplished through the atonement of the Cross of Christ. The supernatural becomes natural to us through the miracle of God, and there is the realization of what Jesus Christ has already done— “It is finished!” (John 19:30).
“Repent and ask to be saved and forgiven…then by your obedience to the laws of Christ, prove your salvation…”
These are some of the most misinterpreted, misapplied and misunderstood principles in the modern day Church in America. I will leave it to you to do your own investigation into where, how and when these misgivings entered into our modern day doctrines and theologies. Oswald Chambers wrote prior to and in the beginning of our modern evangelical movement in the Christian Church today.
Please read what Mr. Chambers wrote carefully and prayerfully. He disputes most, if not all of our modern day qualifications for salvation. AND remember, Jesus is the Salvation of God!
Love in Him!