Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Advent Words Day 3 ~ Salvation


Day 3: Salvation

"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people." Titus 2:11


Yesterday we looked at God's gift of grace in giving us His Son, Jesus Christ. I wrote this in yesterday's post:


"The gift of God is this: With the appearing of God's grace in the person of Jesus Christ, salvation has been made available to all people. Grace brings salvation. It's not that everyone is saved, but that grace makes the offer of salvation available to all. God gifts salvation to all who will accept His gift through faith in His Son."

 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17


God's purpose in sending His Son into the world was salvation. This is our reason for celebration throughout the Advent and Christmas season!


The salvation of God was promised through the prophet Isaiah:


"How beautiful on the mountains

    are the feet of those who bring good news,

who proclaim peace,

    who bring good tidings,

    who proclaim salvation,

who say to Zion,

    “Your God reigns!”

Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;

    together they shout for joy.

When the Lord returns to Zion,

    they will see it with their own eyes.

Burst into songs of joy together,

    you ruins of Jerusalem,

for the Lord has comforted his people,

    he has redeemed Jerusalem." 

Isaiah 52:7-9


The birth of a Savior that would bring salvation was promised to Joseph and Mary:

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,

because he will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21


 And proclaimed by an angel of the Lord on the day of Jesus' birth:

"Today in the town of David A Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord."

Luke 2:11


God's promise of salvation was fulfilled by the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah who brings salvation.


The writers of the New Testament proclaim throughout that those who accept by faith that Jesus is the Son of God, and that in Him is forgiveness of sin, will, by faith in Him, receive the gift of salvation that God offers through His Son.


"Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes...

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved." Romans 10:1-4, 9-10


"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved." Acts 16:31


"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God." John 1:12-13


It is also a promise to be more fully fulfilled at the Second Advent of Christ.


"In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:13-14


"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1:3-5


"So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him." Hebrews 9:28

In the Advent Season we celebrate the birth of the Savior who brough us salvation, while at the same time waiting for His Second Coming for the consummation of our salvation.

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