by John Barnett

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Saved by God Forever (24 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
John Barnett
James 1:18

Let's open our Bibles to James chapter 1. This morning it is indeed a great priviledge at the Christman season, at the season when we celebrate that God ordained His great salvation for Jesus Christ to come to this earth. It's wonderful to study what the Scriptures say happened to us when we were saved. I thing sometimes we talk about it all the time. We hear people say oh I'm save, I'm a Christian, I've been born again. And yet the wonder of what God did--- we need to often pause, step back and look at the grand picture of salvation.

Let me explain what I mean in the 18th verse, I want to read it to you. And look at the marvelous statement of our salvation that James gives when he discusses and describes the fact that we are saved by God and we are saved by God forever. And that's a real wonder because more than half of Christendom doesn't know they are saved by God forever. I hope you will grasp that truth in the 18th verse.
18Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

There are 4 major aspects if you want to note them in your Bibles.

1. THE DIVINE PERSPECTIVE OF SALVATION: ''Of His own will '' We need to realize and we need to really not be afraid of the truth that the Bible says that the perspective of salvation is this - God is the One that initiates salvation. The reason so many people aren't sure they are saved-the reason so many people think they have lost it and they've got it back and it's come and it's gone is they think that they are the ones that are in charge of their salvation. It's kind of like the child with the pennies that keeps dropping them. If they are holding them, they are going to lose them. But if God is the initiator- and that is what this scripture says- ''Of His own will '' God saved us. What a wonder.
2. THE DIVINE PLAN OF SALVATION: ''He brought us forth'' ...

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