By Junying God’s salvation is different from man saving each other; it’s not the financial relief given to the poor by the rich, it’s not the saving of the dying and the treating of the wounded performed on patients by doctors, and it’s not the deeds of charitable organizations or philanthropists. God’s salvation is prepared for the sake of saving man’s degenerate souls, and the entirety of His salvation contains the truth, the way and the life. After we attain salvation, there is no longer any more pain, tears or sorrow, nor any more feelings of helplessness in our families, our studies, our work and our lives, and our lives become filled with light and happiness; we live with more purpose and meaning, and we live within the promises and blessings of God. In one lifetime, God will give us many opportunities to be saved, but if we want to attain God’s salvation, we must first know God’s salvation, or else we will miss our chance to attain it. Some people say, “So what if we miss it? It’s no big deal.” But we should understand that missing our chance to attain God’s salvation is not like missing a good meal, or missing your subway train, and it’s not like missing an opportunity for study or employment. Missing our chance to attain God’s salvation is like being trapped in a burning building and missing your chance to be rescued in time by the fire brigade. Therefore, missing one’s chance to attain God’s salvation is something incredibly regretful and lamentable. Knowing God’s salvation and attaining God’s salvation are so important. And since they are important, from God’s work we will now gradually learn what God’s salvation is. The Salvation God Prepared for Man in the Age of Law In the beginning, Adam and Eve were thrust out of the Garden of Eden, and they didn’t understand how to live or how to revere God or follow God’s way. Thereafter, the earth became filled with killing, violence and adultery, etc. until, several hundred years after the world was destroyed by flood, people still didn’t know how to live or how they should worship God. And so, God used Moses to proclaim His commandments and laws to man, such as to keep the Sabbath, respect one’s parents, and that there should be no idolatry, adultery or stealing. There were also rules about the offering of sacrifices, the eating of food, compensation for stealing, and rules about killing cattle and sheep, etc. In this way, whatever people did, they had principles to guide their actions. When people offended God’s laws and decrees, they were punished. But if they made offerings to God and repented and avoided committing their sins again, God would excuse them from their sinful actions. Jehovah used His commandments and the rules of His laws to place limits on man, and because man listened to Jehovah’s words and kept His commandments and laws, they were protected by God, and they attained God’s salvation of the Age of Law. The Salvation God Prepared for Man in the Age of Grace Toward the end of the Age of Law, man was becoming more and more degenerate and they were no longer keeping the laws and commandments. They did many things which offended God, such as engaging in idolatry and adultery, devising evil schemes, deceiving and cheating, stealing and robbing, embezzling money, etc., and even sacrificing to God lame and blind doves, cows and sheep, and so God abhorred them. As Jeremiah 14:10 says, “Thus said Jehovah to this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore Jehovah does not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.” And yet God didn’t have the heart to have all of mankind sentenced to death by His laws, and so He incarnated as the Son of man—the Lord Jesus—once again opening a way for mankind, bringing the Age of Law to an end and ushering in the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. The Lord Jesus preached His gospel everywhere He went, healing the sick and casting out demons, bestowing an abundance of grace on man and forgiving them their sins. So that man’s sins could be utterly absolved, the Lord Jesus was crucified upon the cross, thus becoming man’s eternal sin offering and completing the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. If we accepted the Lord Jesus’ salvation, prayed to His name and confessed and repented our sins to Him, our sins could then be absolved, and we were no longer to be condemned or sentenced to death for having offended the laws. This was the salvation God prepared for man in the Age of Grace. The Salvation God Prepares for Man in the Last Days It is recorded in the Bible, “Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1Pe 1:5). “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin to salvation” (Heb 9:28). “Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1Pe 1:13). It also says in a book that “The sins of man were forgiven, and this is because of the work of God’s crucifixion, but man continued to live within the corrupt satanic disposition of old. This being so, man must be completely saved from his corrupt satanic disposition, so that his sinful nature may be completely extirpated, never to develop again, thus enabling the disposition of man to be transformed. This would require man to grasp the path of growth in life, to grasp the way of life, and to grasp the way to change his disposition. Furthermore, it would require man to…
By Han Song Han Song opened the Bible and read: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). After reading this, he could not help but think back on his belief in the Lord over many years: Though he had been preaching and working everywhere, he was still living a sinful life. In leading the church, he always wanted his brothers and sisters to think highly of him and look up to him after doing a little work; in interacting with his family, he would get hot-blooded and have no tolerance or patience for them when they didn’t listen to his viewpoints which he thought were correct; … He often lived in a sin-and-confess state, unable to put the Lord’s words into practice. Just as Paul said, ‘For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not’ (Romans 7:18). After realizing his own real state, Han Song wondered: “I’ve been redeemed from my sins by believing in the Lord. Why is it that I can’t break free from the bondage of sin but commit sins constantly? The Lord is holy. Can a person such as I who frequently sins enter the kingdom of heaven?” Later, Han Song told Brother Li about his confusions and sought out him for fellowship. Brother Li replied, “The questions you’re bringing up are what most brothers and sisters desire to figure out. After accepting the Lord Jesus’ redemption, we are no longer sinful, but why do we often commit sins and fail to rid ourselves of the bonds of sins? It’s true that the Lord Jesus has forgiven our sins through His crucifixion, but what does ‘sin’ really refer to here? It refers to anything that violates God’s laws, commandments, or words. As we all know, the Lord Jesus made Himself the sin offering for mankind. As long as we pray, confess and repent to the Lord, He will then forgive our sins and no longer treat us as sinners, and thus we will be able to enjoy His grace. This is the true meaning of ‘Sins are forgiven.’ However, this means only that we will no longer be condemned or put to death by the law, that is to say, the Lord Jesus no longer remembers our sins of violating the law. Nevertheless, our sinful natures have not been resolved, so we are still in the cycle of sinning and repentance and are capable of resisting and rebelling against God. In this way, how could we be saved and enter the heavenly kingdom? The Lord Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever’ (John 8:34-35). ‘Be you holy; for I am holy’ (1 Peter 1:16). God is holy and righteous, so He won’t allow the impure or corrupt into His kingdom. This is decided by His righteous disposition. As is clear, if our sinful nature is not resolved and we cannot cast off sin and be cleansed, then we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.” Listening to Brother Li’s fellowshiping, Han Song nodded thoughtfully. Brother Li turned on his computer and said: “I saw a passage on a gospel website. It’s very beneficial to us. Let’s read it: ‘Before man was redeemed, many of Satan’s poisons had already been planted within him and, after thousands of years of being corrupted by Satan, he has within him an established nature that resists God. Therefore, when man has been redeemed, it is nothing more than a case of redemption in which man is bought at a high price, but the poisonous nature within him has not been eliminated. Man that is so defiled must undergo a change before becoming worthy to serve God. By means of this work of judgment and chastisement, man will fully come to know the filthy and corrupt substance within his own self, and he will be able to change completely and become clean. Only in this way can man become worthy to return before the throne of God.’” Then Brother Li continued fellowshiping: “From these words, we can see that the Lord Jesus’ redemptive work was just to pardon our sins, but our corrupt satanic dispositions remain deeply rooted within us, such as being arrogant and conceited, selfish and greedy, crooked and deceitful, jealous and disputatious, and so on. These corrupt natures are deeper and much more tenacious than sin and are also the source that leads us to sin and to resist God. Because they have yet to be disposed of, we still often sin and oppose God. For example, while we are working hard for the Lord, we frequently do things according to our own will and preferences, but do not focus on carrying out the Lord’s words or keeping His commandments; since we sacrifice, expend and labor for the Lord, we believe ourselves to love and satisfy God, and we thus begin to rely on our arrogant disposition to capitalize on our seniority and trot out our old achievements; some even lust for fame and status, exalt and bear witness to themselves; when encountering persecution and tribulation, we can even deny and betray God; when God’s work does not fit our notions, we carelessly judge and condemn God; at the same time we follow God, we worship and follow men; etc. It can therefore be seen that, if our satanic dispositions within remain unresolved, we will be capable of doing defiant and rebellious things against God at any time and in any place. How could we, who are full of corrupt satanic disposition, enter God’s kingdom?” Hearing this, Han Song came to a sudden realization and said: “Now I finally understand the reason why I still resist God in spite of myself…
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