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The Good Seed - Thursday, June 15, 2017
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

Christ the Saviour (3)
In our meditation on Tuesday, we showed that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world in whom “we must be saved”. Maybe you ask: “But how are you saved?” What brings us to the point of not saying that Christ is the Saviour, but that He is our, or rather, my Saviour?
We could ask the questions differently: how can I obtain this salvation? Today’s verse gives us the answer. When it is a question of eternal salvation, I can in no way do anything to earn it. I am totally dependent on the grace of God in Jesus Christ. But I can take hold of Christ by faith. Because He sacrificed His life on the cross of Calvary, the forgiveness of our sins is offered to us free of charge. I must lay claim to it by faith. Faith, that is, truly believing in the Son of God and His work of atonement for sin gives us access to eternal salvation. Any personal effort or assumed merit is out of the question.
Whoever sincerely believes in Christ, however, can say: “Jesus is my Saviour.” An eternally secure relationship to Him is established. Our verse tells believers: “You have been saved through faith.” This is a fact that cannot be disputed. Believers have the salvation of their souls (cf. 1 Peter 1:9), and their eternal salvation is assured (cf. John 5:24 & 1 Thessalonians 5:9)
(to be concluded tomorrow)
Today’s reading: Acts 5: 1-28


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