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Monday, October 1, 2012

Our Great Salvation

"Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little" (Luke 7:47)

Did you ever make a decision that proved to be full of unforeseen consequences? Things can snowball until the final product is far beyond what we could ever have imagined. Sometimes this can be positive and sometimes negative. So it is with Jesus. To accept Him introduces us to unimaginable glories, while to reject Him dooms us to unthinkable misery.

When we first get saved, we have little idea of the scope and depth of our salvation. As we progress to Christian maturity, however, we begin to discover the astonishing power of the gospel. This discovery is facilitated by a genuine understanding of how totally lost we were before Jesus found us. Jesus said that he who is forgiven much loves much (Luke 7:47).

The point is that, through the Cross, we have all been greatly forgiven, but few of us realize how much. If your unsaved heart were put under a divine microscope and you were allowed to fully view its desperate wickedness, you would have little trouble appreciating your great salvation. Any remedy that can present you blameless before the presence of His glory is a remedy that demands our entire life's devotion.

The Bible says that God made us alive together with Christ so "that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:7). Apparently these riches are so unsearchable that it will take ages to properly display and understand them, but our gratitude can begin here and now.

Lord, through the Cross You have forgiven me of so much. Thank You for the divine remedy of the Cross that presents me blameless in Your presence. Amen

~Charles Stanley~

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