Monday, January 3, 2022

Meandering Monday - Saved Completely - Martin Wiles

Welcome to Meandering Monday, where we take a trip back to an earlier post and enjoy it again.

Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. Hebrews 7:25 NLT

The RMS Titanic departed Southampton on April 10, 1912.

After visiting France and Ireland, she headed for New York. Four days after leaving, however, disaster struck when the ship hit an iceberg. The ship’s hull plates buckled inward causing five water compartments to open to the sea’s fury. Mostly women and children were loaded into only half-filled lifeboats.

Within two hours of the Titanic’s foundering, the RMS Carpathia arrived and rescued an estimated 705 people. But the salvation of the Titanic’s passengers and the crew was only partial. More than 1,500 people died in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.

Living under the Old Covenant was taxing. Keeping up with the types of sacrifices, how often to bring them, and which type to offer for a particular sin or ceremony must have seemed like a full-time job for worshipers. Along with the laundry list came a creeping feeling that the efforts were all in vain. The sacrifices only temporarily saved the worshiper from experiencing the consequences of their sins. They couldn’t save them completely or make intercession for them when they sinned again—which was inevitable.

What the Carpathia and Old Testament sacrifices couldn’t do, Christ accomplished. He saved us completely from the penalty of our sins by assuming them himself on Calvary’s cross. What he’s paid for, we’re released from. God doesn’t exact punishment twice.

In turn, God saves us from guilt. What we’ve been forgiven for, we don’t have to feel guilty about. False guilt arises from Satan, not God. Additionally, fear is no longer our bedfellow. Perfect love, which we’ve received, casts out all fear. We’re no longer under condemnation. Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father making perpetual intercession for us. Most wonderfully, we’ve been saved completely for eternity. Our eternal home is set in stone—or rather, gold.

Who or what are you trusting in for salvation?

Prayer: Father, thank You for the hope You’ve given us in Christ. 

Tweetable: In whom or what are you trusting for salvation? 

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