Who Saved You?

A small group of believers I know here in Blogland engage in discussion about certain portions of scripture and are currently blogging through Paul’s letter to the Galatians, with it’s central theme of Justification by Faith. One of the two Monday contributors made a couple of comments that simply beg for thoughtful consideration. Thanks Dale! I encourage you to read Dale’s blog post.

The thought provoking comments that invite serious thought and discussion are these:

“I am not saved because I accepted Jesus. I am saved because Jesus died for my sins!!! I was saved 2000 years ago!”

We are not saved because we made a decision to accept Jesus. We are saved because Christ died for our sins. The death and resurrection of Christ is the core of the gospel message (1 Cor 15:1-4), and it was Christ’s death 2000 years ago, in our place, that secured the salvation all those would believe in Christ and become the true children of God spoken of in John 1:12-23.

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” – Jesus

So we have the fact that 2,000 years ago Jesus paid the price for our sin, as well as a point in time when a person comes to faith in Christ and is “born of God”. We also have John 3:16 that tells us that those who believe will inherit eternal life.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” –  Jesus

Here we have a picture of both the sovereignty of God in salvation and our responsibility to believe and make a decision out of our human will. We are not “born again” because of our decision, but it is only from the moment one believes (requiring an operation of human will), that we are truly a child of God.

How is it that we are not saved because we accepted Christ by an act of human decision/will, yet we must believe, (a real decision is involved) in order to be born of the Spirit of God and become His children? Assume both halves of the question to be true.

This is an open discussion. If you read this and have a question, even if it’s “What does it matter, as long as we are saved?”

 

 

 

14 responses to “Who Saved You?

  1. Ahhh, yes–you have highlighted one of the paradoxical principals of the Kingdom; and many find themselves impaled on the horns of dilemma trying to rectify one with the other on the basis of the strength of the human mind and ability.

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  2. Scripture points us to the fact that God saves us, we do not save our self. Our action of Faith in Him is the only thing we bring to the table really.

    But Brian’s answer is spot on “Futile”, our mind just can not comprehend the power God has to forgive through grace.

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      • We think we have to understand everything.

        A boss of mine once told me “Your problem is that when I ask you what time it is, you want to tell me how the watch works.”

        Do we HAVE to know how the watch works?

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        • If you don’t understand SOMETHING about a watch, you won’t be able to use it to determine what time it is. Ya gotta at least know the big hand from the little hand and what the 1,2, and 3 mean, and it’s probably a good idea to understand hours and minutes.

          Point is that without understanding some things, you couldn’t answer his question about the time. He might not want you to go into the relevant details, but SOMEWHERE along the way, your mom or your dad or your second grade teacher taught you how to read a watch.

          Trying to understand some things IS important. I don’t like to see study “downplayed” in this fashion. It’s almost a straw man argument.

          Sure, the ultimate understanding may be futile, but I genuinely believe it’s a bad witness to say “I know this doesn’t make sense, but I believe it because I’ve been supernaturally altered by God so that I now believe things that don’t make sense to the normal human being.” That’s just not quite what I’m after. Becoming a Christian does not require a lobotomy. 🙂

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          • Good way to put it! We should be in pursuit of knowing everything about God that we can know, even if it takes the use of our intellects and reasoning powers to connect the dots of scriptue. The issue with my boss was that I have a tendency to provide much more than a simple yes or no when my response whould have been a simple yes or no.

            Joh 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

            My desire is to know everything I am able to know about God that is revealed in scripture and that takes some ‘brain strain’.

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  3. its huge to me that i can not save myself. and that all is done through Christ as a gift from God. HE chose me, not because HE needed me, but because HE wanted me. good post Dan and good things to think about..thanks

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    • God doesn’t need any of us, yet He wanted a people unto Himself, for His glory. We cannot enter his presence with even a taint of sin about us, so He sent His own Son to die in our place, for our justification (that’s a legal, forensic term). And we need to trust Him in faith, but are spiritually DEAD (Eph 2), so He gives life and the gift of faith to that we CAN trust Him.

      How awesome is that! In fact ‘awesome’ might be inadequate to describe the enormity of what God does. I’m not sure the English language has a word that is ‘big enough’!

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      • Agree! we do not have a word big enough for the Praise that belongs to HIM. As humans we have even abused the word “awesome” so that it has less impact than maybe originally. Always thought that is why HE will have a name we have not heard yet when we get to Heaven…interesting thought to ponder on..a name that we can not tarnish in the least…good thoughts here Dan! not that they tickle my ears but it does make my heart happy! 😉

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