Says that salvation is the gift of God....I was pondering this thought the other day and realized a very important truth. A GIFT OF GOD...God, Himself, was the gift.
I am still so amazed at the thought of those powerful words. I have God the Son, who is God in the flesh living in me. "It is not I that live, but Christ that liveth in me." God, who is holy, is the only one who could satisfy the need of a perfect sacrifice so He,God, came to satsified the need for our salvation.
Some times when the children would help me clean the kitchen I would have to remind them; dry the dishes and put them away; make sure all the counters are clean; clean the stove; and on and on it would go. One day one of them told me..."Mama, if you are not satisfied with the way we do it...then do it yourself."
Well, that is a human illustration of how God is. We can not ever satisfy the need for our salvation. My children did eventually with much correcting, reminding and scolding they managed to satisfy me. But we can not satisfy God for He is Holy.
He knew we could not satisfy Him no matter how long we tried. Just as He went looking for Adam and Eve in the garden and when He found them and they repented of the sin they had done, God made the sacrifice of the animal and made them a cloak to cover their sin.
That is what God the Son did. "I and the Father are one." If I could put one stitch in my salvation when I reached Heaven I would walk all over Heaven showing everyone that one little stitch that 'I HAD DONE.'
It is not that way my friend...just as He searched for Adam and Eve He searches for us and tells that part of us that knows there is a God that "I have supplied the sacrifice so that you can be at one with me again." Have you been found by the Savior....My friend, you do not find Him....He finds you...you repent of your sins...and God, the gift, comes and lives in you and your eternal life in Heaven begins at that moment.
Everyone has eternal life, but some will spend theirs in Hell, while others will accept the offer of the Son, the one and only way to eternal life and spend their eternity with the Father, Son and Holy Ghost in Heaven.
HAVE YOU BEEN FOUND? HAS HE KNOCKED ON THE DOOR OF YOUR HEART..."BEHOLD I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK, IF ANY MAN HEAR MY VOICE AND WILL OPEN THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN AND SUP WITH HIM AND HE WITH ME."
HAS HE KNOCKED...I hope so....e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about how you opened the door and the gift, God Himself, came in and changed your life.......be still and listen....He is knocking...for "GOD WOULD HAVE NO MAN PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE." My prayers are with all who would read...