Friday – Salvation is from the Lord
By David Dickmann
”What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” Romans 8:31
It is sad, but true. Oftentimes, in our Christian lives, we don’t really see things as they are until we get overwhelmed. Consider Jonah, sinking down into the depths of the sea in the belly of a fish. Jonah records his prayer to God in chapter 2 of the book named after him. At the lowest point in Jonah’s life he cries out to God and recalls in his prayer, “Salvation is from the Lord.” The last few verses of Romans 8 remind us of this principle: our salvation is not of us, but of the Lord.
Take Romans 8:29-30 for example. Some theologians have called the salvific actions of God described in Romans 8:29-30 “the golden chain.” Because each act of God in accomplishing salvation seems like a link in an unbreakable chain; they make up the complete salvation of the believer from before time began all the way to life eternal. Each link, and the chain as a whole, are works of God in saving His people from His foreknowledge to His predestination; to His calling to His justification; to His glorification He does the work of salvation.
No wonder, then, Paul exclaims in verse 31, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” He then continues to describe this great salvation of God and how it applies to our lives in the present time.
- Will God withhold anything from our salvation? “He who did not spare His own Son, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
- Can anyone charge us with guilt in light of this salvation from God? “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies, who is the one who condemns?”
- Can anyone separate us from the love of God in accomplishing our salvation? “I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor power, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
When we go through hard situations in our lives, whether it is sickness, sin, opposition from our enemies, doubt, fear, or a host of other afflictions, understanding these principles from Romans 8 provides us with the basis for assurance of our salvation. Our salvation is not something we are striving to accomplish; it is a work of God applied to us. It is a complete salvation from start to finish. Salvation is from the Lord!!!
Bible Reading Plan - Day 5