February 28, 2018
All DayCategory: Adult Education
Salvation Through Christ Alone
This is what the Lord says through the Prophet Jeremiah:
(v 14) “I have struck you as an enemy would, because of your enormous guilt and your innumerable sins.”
(v 17) “But I will restore your health and heal your wounds.”
(v 21) “Their leader will be one of their own, their ruler will be from among them.”
(v 22) “You will be my people and I will be your God,” declares the Lord.
(vv 14,17) God disciplines and punishes (not only Israel but also us) for our guilt and sins. His punishment will bring us to the point where he can heal us and through this punishment (or call it discipline) we can learn and grow to be more like him. God restores and heals us if we submit to him and accept his ways for us. In Hebrews 12:11 we read: No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
(vv 21-22) This is a Messianic prophecy, referring not only to the second coming of Christ but also to his first coming 2000 years ago:
The Messiah will be one of their own. He will declare that we are his people and he is our God. The Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the Gospel. (Mark 1:15)
And the Gospel tells us that salvation does not come through the law, not through any “good deeds” which we might perform. Salvation comes through the sacrifice of Christ alone, through his death and resurrection. Putting our faith in Christ, believing in him, we can already be a part of God’s people and know him as our God.
We have direct access to him with no need for any intermediaries. Let us know the Gospel better by prayerfully studying it and by prayer itself.
And let us give thanks to him because we belong to his people and he is our God.