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Salvation Based on Merit System

Did you realize that Salvation is based on a merit system? But that merit has been won by only one person.  Jesus Christ was not only perfect but the perfect lamb to sacrifice for the sins of mankind.  His obedience meant that we can be saved if we have accepted Him as our Savior and Lord and were Baptized.

(Philippians 2:5-8 WEB) 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us – Ortega

(Philippians 2:9-11 WEB) 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] on earth, and [things] under the earth; 11And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Our church comes together weekly to remember that Jesus gave His life for us.  And it is His merit – not ours – that has saved us.

And without Jesus no one would have enough merit to save anyone.

No matter what we do or say can ever get us close to salvation. Our “works” are only a reflection of our gratitude for what Jesus has done. If we love someone dearly and intelligently, we will serve them and our burden will be light.

(Matthew 11:28-30 KJV) 28Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

Now we can be free of shame or worry. We are His – bought with the precious blood of “the Lamb”.

Christ’s Reward

Christ’s reward is not dependent upon man or any supposed freewill decision of man. What do I mean by that? In listening to lyrics I have heard many times before, the question posed in Stuart Townsend’s song “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” resonated with me in a new way. The question initiated a reflection on what exactly Christ’s reward is, and in what way do I gain from His receiving His reward?

Jesus Christ’s reward is the reward for His obedience to the Father. It is Jesus’ obedience even unto death that the Father has raised Him up and made Him King and Ruler over all (Philippians 2:8-11).

Beyond Doubt

It is Jesus’ voluntarily giving His life as a perfect ransom to be the propitiation (satisfaction) for God’s wrath in the place of all who would trust Him (Romans 3:25) that He earned His right as the King of Glory (Psalm 24:7-10)

Jesus’ name means Savior, and He came to actually save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

His people are the ones the Father gave to the Son (John 17:24)

All of whom the Father gave to the Son would come to Him (John 6:37).

None of the people given to the Son from the Father would be turned away, and Jesus promises to give them glorified bodies at the resurrection (John 6:37-40).

Each person the Father gave to the Son is the one for whom Christ shed His blood (Ephesians 1:7).

Each person Christ died for He grants them eternal life based on the authority given to the Son by the Father (John 17:2; Matthew 11:27).

Every sinner Christ died for is granted ears to hear the voice of the Son of God and is raised to eternal life (John 5:24-25).

These sinners hear Christ’s voice and follow Him because they are His sheep, and no one can snatch them out of the Father’s hand or Jesus’ hand (John 10:27-30).

Jesus’ death and resurrection guarantees the salvation of His sheep, because Jesus’ sheep are the reward the Father gives to the Son for His obedience (Romans 5:8-11; Ephesians 1:5).

Rewarding Jesus with redeemed sinners means that Jesus will be worshiped, served, loved, and honored for eternity (Revelation 5).

To say that Jesus’ reward is not dependent upon man, is to say that Jesus’ exaltation is not dependent upon man (Philippians 2:9; John 17:5).

From eternity past, before the foundation of the world, the triune God determined that Jesus would be exalted through the redemption of sinners (Revelation 13:8).

God determined that Jesus would actually satisfy the wrath His elect deserved, that they would never taste a drop of His wrath (Romans 3:23-26).

Just as Jesus was foreordained before the world began to atone for the sins of His elect, so too were God’s elect foreordained to receive Christ’s atoning sacrifice (1 Peter 1:1-21).

It is impossible for Christ’s elect not to come to saving faith, because Christ’s elect are His reward for every drop of blood that He shed for them (Ephesians 5:25; Acts 20:28).

As God works all things to the counsel of His will, it is impossible to rob Him of His glory (Ephesians 1:11; Psalm 106:8; Isaiah 48:11).

What God declares from the beginning will come to pass, and this includes His greatest work in all of His creation – fulfilling His plan of redemption to the glory of God the Father (Isaiah 46:10; Romans 11:33-36).

Our salvation, therefore, is God-centered and God-dependent, not man-centered or man-dependent (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).

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