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A Plan Like This

There are a great many people today who do not recognize their need for salvation at all. I was once one of them. “I was blind, but now I see.” I had no idea how thoroughly sin had penetrated every area of my life. The idea that I needed to be forgiven by God was absolutely insane to me. But, thank God, He had other plans for my life.

Although I had done nothing to earn my salvation, God accepted me – sin and all. Paul says of this, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this [faith] not from yourselves, it [faith] is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) I did not have the ability to go to Christ, but praise be to God He came for me.

With nothing in my hands to offer,

Except the sin that bound me tight –

Jesus broke the ropes that tied me

And led me out into the light.

God’s love for us is no temporary flash of emotion; it is the power of God that brings salvation into the lives of fallen men and women. Charles H. Spurgeon writes, “I do not believe that there ever would have been a man delivered from this present evil world if it had not been according to the will, the purpose, and the predestination of God.” God’s great love and plan for our salvation is not diminished because of our sins nor is it hampered by our rebellious attitude toward Him. Let us rejoice in the good news that He sought us, for we were definitely not seeking Him.

Nothing builds up my assurance so quickly than when I think about the Christian Faith and the certainty of the blessed hope which waits for us even now. Christ was crucified to secure our salvation. It is wholly the work of God without any conditions or qualifications. The grace of God is fully abundant with all the faith and love found in Jesus Christ. My salvation and personal relationship with God has been settled for all eternity. Glory to God! Only He could have come up with a plan like this.

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