The Hinge of Salvation

(Note: Due to illness, I have been “out of commission” for several days, but am trusting the Lord for a speedy recovery and will appreciate any and all prayers on my behalf to that end. The following article was written by my son Josh (in whom I am well pleased:) and posted here with his permission. I added the prayer at the bottom. )

The Hinge of Salvation

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed as it is written “The just shall live by faith” Rom 1:16-17

Faith In what? Faith In the Cross of Christ. Faith that what Christ did actually accomplished the death of sin for me personally, so that I can walk in newness of life with Him. That we can only be justified before God by what Christ did, not what we can do to gain merit with God. Apart from Him we can do nothing. John 15:5

Although our salvation is not a result of works that anyone should boast, but true faith in Christ can do nothing but result in righteousness and good fruit because of abiding in the True Vine by the Holy Spirit.
Faith in Christ must cause a life change and a manifestation of freedom; otherwise it’s no faith at all – and has no ability to save.

If we live in light of what Christ did, we can have Confidence as sons to pray and ask for forgiveness. Believing that Christ actually died on behalf of my sin that I can “die to sin and live to righteousness” will cause me to live in a way that is worthy of his death for me, by grace through faith in that message.

The only faith in Christ is Practical faith in Christ. So when confronted with sin, by faith I have the power to acknowledge that Christ died so I can be set free from sin and am in no obligation to obey evil desire, and I turn away because I’m set free. If I truly believe that I’m tempted to commit the very thing that crucified Christ, how can I continue on with that knowledge unless I really don’t believe.

Therefore all sin is a result of unbelief in the saving power of the cross. and I cannot be just if I don’t live by faith. Amen

Prayer: Lord, please help us by our conduct to acknowledge the effectiveness of Your immeasurable gift; the sacrifice of Your Son. That from this day forward we would not consider His blood as a common thing – possessing no practical power to deliver from the grip and dominion of sin. Help us never again to insult the Spirit of grace by which we were cleansed by suggesting that there is something more that You need to do for us to set us free. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Thank You that You will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear, but will with every temptation make a way of escape. Amen.

 

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4 Responses to “The Hinge of Salvation”

  1. Hey Steve – I hope you start feeling better.

    • Thanks JD! Started with a bad headache Wed, the first of a 3-day training for my new job (Was laid-off Aug 31st after 16 years in Turf Maint iIndustry), and whatever fever I had broke Thursday morning. Skipped church this morning for the first time in 1.5 years, so still not feeling great, but hoping the Lord will provide speedy recovery by tomorrow.

      Thanks for your prayers, and as always your encouragement and support. Truly appreciate your ministry in writing. You are a very gifted communicator. I’d love to hear you preach sometime…just read your most recent post, but didn’t reply. Excellent message … as always.

      I’m hoping to be posting more regularly once I get past this illness and getting a handle on my new profession.

      His abundant grace and peace be with you ever,

      Steve

      • I am sorry to hear about the illness; I have had several friends and co-worker who have come down with a nasty virus that just wiped them out. I will be praying that you make a quick recovery. Congratulations and praise God on your job. I fully understand how big of a blessing that is in this economy. A good friend of mine has been out of work since last summer and still has not gotten any good bites. It can be very discouraging.
        Thanks for the kind words on the writing. I really appreciate them. Since we stopped our Church plant this last summer, I have sort of been at a loss for where to fit in. The writing has been a nice outlet. I am not preaching anymore, which is something that I really miss but it all works out for the best; if I was still preaching and working a full-time job, then I would not have the time to write my little blog and I would never have gotten to meet you. It is all good. If you are interested some of my old sermons, they can still be downloaded from: http://www.sermoncloud.com/grace-baptist-parma/
        I hope you start feeling better soon and can get back to writing yourself. You are a very gifted writer also. I am looking forward to more songs:)
        God Bless!
        JD

  2. Thanks again, JD! Really appreciate your thoughts, but we can only bless each other so many times here before we get redundant, so I’ll leave it alone now. Be blessed!
    Steve

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