“Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.” – 1Peter 1:10-11
LIGHT FOR NOW: The crucifixion of Christ was necessary for the salvation of men.
The word “salvation” is the translation of the Greek word soteria which is derived from the word soter meaning “saviour”. The word “salvation” communicates the thought of deliverance, safety, preservation, soundness, restoration, and healing. However, its major use is to describe the work of God on behalf of men, and as such, it is a major doctrine of the bible which includes redemption, reconciliation, propitiation, conviction, repentance, faith, regeneration, forgiveness, justification, sanctification, preservation and glorification. On one hand, salvation describes the state of a man who has been saved and who is vitally renewed and made a partaker of the inheritance of the saints.
Our text today talks about the glory that was to follow after the crucifixion of Christ; part of that glory is the salvation of man. Without the crucifixion of Christ, man’s salvation could not have been accomplished. After the suffering of Christ, a life of glory ensued. You don’t need to pay only additional price to attain this life. Christ Jesus had already paid for you to enjoy this beautiful life. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross qualifies you to live the good life and be all that God wants you to be. The sacrifice of Jesus was enough. Due to that sacrifice, you have become one with God; you are now a partaker of His life and righteousness. What God expects from you now is for you to live out your Christ-like realities to the fullest. On the cross, before His death, Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). He announced the end of suffering to all mankind. Anyone who believes in Him and accepts his vicarious death on the cross is automatically ushered into this life of glory. Yes, Christ suffered for us. But that suffering brought us life eternal and righteousness. Today, sin, its effects and consequences have no dominion over you. You are free to serve God and to live for Him. You are now accepted in the beloved all because of the sacrifice of Jesus. Man was separated from glory due to Adam’s transgression but because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the glory has been restored. You are brought into that life of glory the moment you are born again. Glory!!!
INSTRUCTION: You have the God-kind life, stay there.
CONFESSION: Father, I thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross which has restored me to my life of glory, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Salvation is comprehensive.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4