God's Greatest Proof Of His Goodness: Salvation
INTRODUCTION: The subject before us is so wonderfully contextualized in that it magnifies the fact that God does not tempt with evil, directly or indirectly, but gives good and perfect gifts. The gift of salvation is indeed the proof of God's goodness.
Luke 19:10, "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
The Lord is not responsible for our temptation, but rather He is responsible for our salvation. The text will make a very clear case for the truth that oftentimes people are looking for external solutions to their internal problems. Because we are sinners (fallen nature), the problem is internal and the solution to his problem must be internal. There is no external ritual (baptism) ceremony, rite, profession, or action that can change his basic evil nature.
This text reveals the truth that our greatest spiritual need is salvation that comes only when God imparts divine life through the word. Salvation may be defined as the act of God whereby He bestows upon the believing sinner new life (new nature II Peter 1:4). This is as James 1:17 says, "perfect gift is from above"; nothing here on earth can save you. Often, when God moves on a service, we refer to it as a "move of God." It is not what we can do for you but what only He can do for you. We are so dependent on Him having His way in our hearts.
I. THE WHO OF THE NEW BIRTH. 18a INITIATOR
"Of His own will He brought forth" - this salvation, new
life, has its origin with God. Jonah 2:9, "Salvation is of
the Lord." Eternal salvation is the apex of giving. God
fashioned and finished salvation by His own will, His
initiative, His volition.
John 1:12-13, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of ...
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