“My Hard Earned Salvation?”, I Don’t Think So
1 Corinthians 1:30-31
God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.
Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the lord.”
It’s really nice having something attributed to your name. For instance, I would love to be known for being the First President of a country (but I think that ambitions a little late though). I would be proud of this because I would have worked so hard so that I can earn it.
I think that is something humans love, not just me. We love to work for something and earn what we have worked for. I think the phrase “my hard-earned money” says it all. I am always very proud and happy when I say this.
Fortunately, that’s not how it is in salvation. Our Key Scripture gives us some insight into the fact that salvation, righteousness and sanctification is not earned. They are actually in-Christ realities. In-Christ realities are the things we get from believing in the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). On this note, it can be said that we are righteous through believing in the gospel. Hallelujah! This absolutely removes the burden off me to want to please God. He is pleased with me. Like wise, I have been sanctified (made holy) and redeemed (by the precious blood of Jesus), not because I was able to keep the laws but because of Jesus.
Furthermore, 1 Corinthians 1:31 goes on to say, if we must boast, we boast in what Christ has done. Where is boasting then? I could not keep the law: God’s standards were just too high but he sent his son to help me. Jesus not only helped me, he saved me and crowned me with righteousness. What’s more, he is living in me and now, therefore I can live right! Glory to God!
Thank you Lord for your son
Author – Miebi