THE RICHES OF YOUR SALVATION
“Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” Titus 2:13,14
When a believer understands the basic core of his salvation, his only response is to stand in total and complete awe of the work that had been wrought for him. The price for his redemption, that Jesus paid to satisfy God’s justice, was the blood of Christ Jesus.
No amount of money, no amount of good works, no volume of heartless chants and prayer patterns, could ever pay the price of our salvation. In plain terms, because of the encapsulating presence of sin, mankind is locked into a cocoon like prison from which he, by himself, can never be free. Within this environ, mankind can but see himself, I might say only quite dimly, through mirrors that only give a faint resemblance to his true spiritual condition. Unrecognizable bondage deceives one into a trance like state of self-denial of one’s demise.
But Jesus Christ gave Himself, totally, completely, so that all those who would place their faith in His redeeming work might be as Jesus had stated in Matthew’s gospel, in chapter 10: “He who the Son sets free is free indeed.” Paul, the apostle had written that we owed a debt we could never pay. Isaiah, the prophet, had written that all we like sheep had gone astray, we’ve turned everyone to his own way; but the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. And Paul said that God made Him who knew no sin, (Jesus Christ), to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Therein, the righteousness that is credited to the believer’s account is the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Christ our Lord has redeemed us. And to Him we are His own special people, zealous for good works. For we are special by virtue of God’s decree and the great salvation that we have embraced. And it is so important that we grasp the truth that we are zealous for good works. These good works are the product, not the means of our salvation.
Dear church, the riches of our salvation evokes a personal response to be totally, completely, irrevocably surrendered to His Lordship and His will for our lives.