Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Salvation for all - By Grace Through Faith

The Cleft of the Rock – OR – Who Can be Saved?
By Barbara Henderson

‘What must I do to be saved?’ was a question asked in Acts 16:30.
The answer given was ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.’.
To ‘believe on the Lord Jesus Christ’ is to:
believe the words that Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world.
have faith that Jesus Christ has the power and authority to make good on His promise to save you from hell and give you entrance to paradise.
acknowledge that Christ’s death on the cross paid your penalty for sin.

The question and answer are still the same today.
The key to salvation is to actually follow the instructions given. One must obediently step into the ark of safety provided by Jesus Christ.
In Jesus Christ, the believer is shielded or secured from the wrath and judgment of God.

Everyone is called to step into the safety of the rock.
Few actually do.
God has chosen that His judgment will pass over those who hide themselves in Jesus Christ.

Moses was invited to step into the Clift of the Rock, which is Jesus Christ. (Exodus 33:22)
Once Moses was in the Rock, the face of God passed by. God did not look on Moses in judgment. Because of the Rock, Moses was spared.

All people are called to step into the Clift of the Rock.
Those who do answer the call are chosen by God to be spared judgment.
Those who do not answer the call will face the full measure of God’s judgment.

From the Clift of the Rock, Moses had a spectacular view of God’s goodness and glory of God.
The truly repentant sinner has the same view.

In the Rock of Jesus Christ, Moses had a place of refuge, salvation, and strength.
The truly repentant sinner also has a place of refuge, salvation, and strength in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the rock of my salvation spoken of in Psalm 62:7 and 89:26.

God is still calling mankind to step into the safety of the cleft of the rock with repentance and sincerity of heart.

Some people may feel that God does not want them personally.
This is not true.
God does want everyone to come to Him through Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:9 tell us, ‘The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.’

It is not God’s will that any should perish and miss heaven.
God has called you personally to step into the safety of the rock, to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Jesus Christ there is mercy and safety from the judgment of God.
Outside of Christ, there is judgment.