Saved from Destruction; Bound for Glory!By Rev. John Cortright on 12/30/2007
There are two destinations which await all humanity.
Daniel 12:1-2 Everlasting life or disgrace and everlasting contempt
Romans 2:5-8 Eternal life or wrath and indignation
John 5:28-29 Resurrection of life or resurrection of judgment
It is only through the Messiah, that mankind can receive eternal life. Without the work of Christ, all men are destined for death. But he made away out of certain destruction.
John 3:16; John 5:24 This is what it means to be "saved." We have been saved from certain, everlasting death.
Romans 5:12-14 Because of Adam's sin, all humanity is bound for death. Mankind, without Christ, are "dead men walking."
Psalms 49:6-9 No man can redeem his own soul. It does not matter how bad or how good you have been. You cannot redeem yourself from death.
Psalms 49:10-14 Many people live today with the philosophy: "eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die."
There is nothing you can do in this life that will gain you entrance into eternal life. God needed to provide a savior. The psalmist put his hope in God. Psalms 49:15
The only way in which mankind can be redeemed from destruction is through the love, mercy, and grace of God.
When you recognize your absolute dependence on the grace and mercy of God and you submit yourself to His loving kindness, you then will find an intense desire to live for Him.
II Corinthians 5:14-15 -- The love of Christ controls us, compels us to live for Him! Now, our actions should be compelled by love, provoked by mercy, and motivated by grace. We have been saved from destruction, but now we are bound for glory!
Great men of the Bible recognized that they were unworthy to receive the abundance of God's mercy and grace. They were humble men who walked, motivated from within by the loving kindness of God.
Paul: Ephesians 3:7-8; I Timothy 1:12-16 Moses: Exodus 3:11 "Who am I?" David: I Chronicles 17:16-17 "Who am I, O LORD God?"
(The original lyrics to the song Amazing Grace written by John Newton as it appeared in the Olney Hymnal in England in 1779. It was titled Faith's Review and Expectation)
Faith's Review and Expectation'
Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!
Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures
Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the vail,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be for ever mine.
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