Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28
Every person on the earth knows that their time on earth is limited and that there is coming a day when they will die. For most people this brings about fear. They do not know what to expect after death.
In not knowing what to expect, they live in fear of death and the future.
The author of Hebrews points out how everyone is destined to die, but points to a future hope that some will have. Anyone who is waiting for Christ’s return, is looking forward to the salvation He will bring.
Although believers will die, just like every other person on the earth, they can have a completely different view of death then every one else. The believer who understands the forgiveness and grace of Jesus, will have a hope that no one else can understand or know.
Their hope is in knowing the purpose Jesus forgave them of all of their sins. That very purpose is to save them and bring them into heaven to live eternally with God.
In order to gain that salvation, one must believe and be waiting for His return. There are some in the church who claim to believe, but are working to earn their salvation, not trusting Jesus. Others are living a double life, going to church on Sunday, but living like the world the rest of the week. These are people who are not waiting and looking for His return.
Everyone who is not waiting for Jesus, will miss Him when He does return.
When Jesus died and rose again, He did that so that you may know His love, forgiveness and receive the salvation He will provide. It was not just for everyone else, but you also are included.
As you live your temporary life here on this earth, do not forget to keep watch and waiting for His return. Know that as you trust and wait for Him, He will return some day to complete the salvation that He started in you.
You have the hope of eternal life in you, don’t quit waiting for its completion.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will know the hope of salvation Jesus will bring; that you will patiently wait for His return; and that you will live in hope of eternal life with God some day.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. Titus 2:11
There are many times that there are some businesses that offer their items or services to only a select group of people. Their focus is to cater only to certain people and all others are excluded.
In the same way governments often provide certain services, but only for certain people. Not everyone is included in all the services provided. Often there are certain requirements that must be met in order for a service to be even offered.
Paul points out that God’s grace has appeared to offer salvation to everyone.
During the times of the Old Testament, it appeared as though God only cared about the Israelites and no one else. Yet, God loved everyone and wanted everyone to know Him and be saved from their sins. There were times God had mercy upon foreign nations outside of Israel and saved them.
When Jesus arrived, He broke down the racial and social barriers to allow anyone the opportunity to be saved. No one is extra special or more deserving for salvation in God’s eyes than anyone else.
Many in the church forget that Jesus came to save everyone. They become exclusive and close others out, living only for themselves. This was not the way Jesus meant for them to live. He wanted them to be witnesses to the whole world, excluding no one for any reason.
Every believer has the opportunity to be His witness to those who do not know Jesus. They can bring the message of salvation to the lost and dying world.
There is not a person on this earth that if he is willing to repent of his sins and follow Jesus, that God will not forgive and save him.
This message of God’s grace to save is for you and everyone else. God is right there waiting for you to repent and follow Jesus, so that He may save you from your sins.
Not only is He willing to save you, but He is also waiting for you to be His witness so that others may be saved. God’s great grace is for everyone who believes, regardless of who they are, what they have done or where they are from.
First you must believe this for yourself. Then, you must be willing to tell others this great message of the grace of God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s grace for your life; that you will know God’s grace for others; that you will tell others of what God is offering them; and that God will use you to bring salvation to more people.
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:14
The world does not understand what grace is. For the majority of people, everything is judgement of the law. It is either right or wrong. If one is wrong, there is a negative consequence, with no mercy.
Some have made major mistakes in the past and since regretted it or changed. However, the world does not let them move on. Judgement still continues to occur against them, holding them accountable, even though they have changed and even repented of the wrong, with no grace.
Paul had just described to Timothy how bad of a person he had been against God. Now he points out that God poured out grace, faith and love upon him, accepting him.
Every person that has lived on this earth has lived in sin, with the exception of Jesus. People choose to live in sin, rather than live for God. With this living in even one sin, every person is condemned to die in punishment from God.
Even though every person is condemned to die, God makes a way for change. He allows for forgiveness. This is God’s grace, love and faith being poured out upon the person in abundance.
The amount of God’s grace is multiplied abundantly when one realizes how many times he has sinned against God. For each and every single sin, the judgement of eternal condemnation is upon him, yet, God is right there willing to forgive and move on.
Rather than stand condemned, the believer can stand in complete freedom in God’s grace, faith and love. Paul is not the only one who can receive that abundant grace, but every person who calls upon the name of Jesus in repentance.
You may feel as though you are the worst person that ever walked this earth. Know that Paul also felt that way. Yet, God has grace for you also. God is waiting ready to pour out an abundance of grace upon you as soon as you are ready to repent and trust in Jesus.
Realize how much grace God has given you and then choose to live for God, regardless of the cost to your own life. God is not out to condemn you, but to save you. He has an abundance of grace, faith and love waiting for you to use.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the grace of God upon you; that you will live for God; that you will repent of any sins against God; that you will live in His abundant grace, faith and love.
So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:9
Everyone has at least some faith in something. Most people have faith in a chair, that when they sit down on it, it will hold them correctly. Very few will test the chair each and every time to determine if it will be safe to sit upon it.
The more someone uses something, the more faith he will have in it. The things someone has never tried before weakens his faith in it. He questions its reliability, until he has tried and proven it.
Paul begins talking to the Galatians about the difference of faith and works. Relying upon faith will cause one to be blessed as Abraham was.
Faith is trusting in something that cannot be directly seen. One can see a chair, but until he sits in it, he cannot know for fact that it will hold him. He has to have trust (faith) that it will hold him. If he puts extra supports on the chair prior to trying it out, he does not have faith in the chair.
Many people claim to have faith in Jesus, but then work hard to gain God’s support. They do many good works to look good to God. They focus on the do and don’t of the law, rather than the relationship and faith in what Jesus did. They immediately condemn themselves when they slip up and sin, rather than trusting Jesus and repenting.
Jesus promised forgiveness of all sins when one would repent. He promised to give the believer life, eternal life, just by believing in Him and obeying Him.
Those who rely upon their faith in Jesus and what He did will be forgiven and saved for eternity. It does not take anything else.
Ask yourself what are you relying upon for your salvation. Are you working hard to gain God’s approval? Or are you trusting in what Jesus did?
Trust in Jesus, have faith in Him and then step out in obedience to what God has said to do. Your faith will save you. Your obedience and works show that you have faith and trust Him.
One way is believing in self and works, while the other is relying on faith in what Jesus did and proving your faith. Are you being blessed as Abraham was?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did and promised; that you will rely upon faith in Jesus; and that you will know the blessings of having faith in Jesus.