At the Crossroads (Salvation) Part 2 by Callin
To see part one, go here.
Callin used NIV for this study.
Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Jesus tells us not to worry. We are children of God, and He gives us all our blessings. He gives us our needs, but not necessarily all our desires, for He has our best interests at heart and some of what we desire is not in our best interest.
Salvation is a saving deliverance, a preservation from destruction. There will be judgment, just like there was for Noah’s flood. No one can inherit salvation, each person chooses to accept the gift of salvation individually. As we grow in faith we reap the benefit of faith and get exactly what we are speaking.
Saved is defined as being saved from enemies, sin, delivered from slavery, health, preservation of life, freedom from physical infirmities, and in general all kinds of deliverance. Saved from sin. Final and complete deliverance from all causes including death.
Thus salvation cannot be linked to the initiation of redemption – salvation is ongoing. It is tri-fold – three in one – body, soul, spirit. God is a trinity, and salvation is also triune.
There is initial salvation, when we say “yes” to God’s offer, perpetual salvation – living, moving and ongoing, and eternal salvation – no end to it.
That’s the kind of God we serve. Why, with such a loving God, do we find ourselves living in worry under a spirit of fear?
We should have the audacity to say, “I don’t know how, but I know God will make a way. He didn’t bring me this far to leave me. God is sovereign.”
Callin talked a bit about his past and told us that when the love of God did not provoke him to do right, the fear of God did. Solomon prayed, give me an understanding heart.
Whoever says, “Yes, Lord,” represents one with an understanding heart, and God is a rewarder of faith. Look at Jacob, Abraham. God knows humanity, and when we are making a wrong decision, and God can remedy our mistakes.
Then Callin shared from Dake’s Bible reasons not to worry. (Heather’s comment, Dake’s Bible gives wonderful lists.)
8 Reasons why we should not worry listed in margin near Matthew 6.
1 Life is more than meat
QUIT WORRYING BECAUSE IT IS
Psalm 37 tells us to not worry, not fret.
Numbers 14 reminds us how we will have what we say. The Israelites, all those over the age of 20, ended up dying in the wilderness, except Joshua and Caleb who told the truth of God.
In the Bible we see Jesus and the Salvation of God manifested from Genesis to Revelation. We also see that without faith it is impossible to please God. We are reminded not to worry and to not be like the Israelites.
Numbers 14:26-28 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:
God kept His promise. We closed the Bible study with this wonderful promise from God in Joshua.
Joshua 1:8-9 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Oh, I pray that your day is blessed and that you trust in Him and do not worry.
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