The greatest adventure in life is submitting to God in order to understand His Word to us. There is really nothing more exciting than reading what our Divine Holy God gave to us recorded in Scripture. It is everything God wants us to know about life, salvation and our walk with Him. There are many things we do to search for excitement, entertainment and outside interests. But nothing – nothing – compares to the eternal significance of God’s holy Word to us!
This is an eleven part series to explain how God administrates human history. God did far more than orchestrate a perfect creation, watch the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and then try to redeem His people throughout the rest of Scripture. There is far more going on. There are several principles that must be understood. The first is related to God’s mechanism for deliverance from His wrath or what we call salvation. Notice the principles below:
There is, and always was, one way of salvation John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Gen. 3:15; 15:6
· Salvation was never achieved through keeping the Mosaic or any other law. Rom. 3:28; 5:1; Gal. 2:16; 3:11,24
· God does all the work at salvation and man does not do anything John 1:12-13
· There is nothing man can do for the salvation gift Eph. 2:8-9
· Man’s part is to believe, accept what Jesus has done for him on the cross, then God simultaneously regenerates the human spirit for salvation John 3:16; Titus 3:5.
There is only one way of salvation and that is through Jesus Christ – what He did for man on the cross. There is no other name under heaven that has been given to man than Jesus Christ. For in the reality of His name – that He was both God and man – He satisfied the perfect righteousness of God and by dying on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sins and He removed the barrier that existed between God and man. From the beginning, man believed in the revelation that was given to Him that God’s promise of salvation was all sufficient and by trusting in that all sufficient payment, man would have redemption. That redemption is found only in the shed blood of Christ – His death on the cross.
The next installment will describe the hermeneutic, or method of interpretation, for understanding God’s Word in order to understand God’s so great plan of salvation.