HIS OWN ARM WORKED SALVATION

Posted: December 4, 2011 in broken_pieces

We will start this with a focus on the Sovereignty or supremacy of God seen in Psalms 115:3 – Our God is in the heavens, he does what He pleases. Is.55:5 continues to say His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. We see God’s work of salvation from the Old Testament in Isaiah 53:4 where it says, He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him and afflicted. Verse 10 continues to say, ‘Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and to cause Him to suffer.  Is.59 talks about the unrighteousness and injustice that existed and how God saw that there was no one to intervene and therefore His own arm worked salvation for Him and His own righteousness sustained Him.

Again, we see the sovereignty of God displayed in Lam 3:37, where it says, ‘Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? This means that the death of Christ must have been a decree from God. Jesus Himself says in John 10:18, ‘No one takes my life from me but I lay it down of my own accord.’  Jesus was not a martyr, He was a willing sacrifice. Well, you might argue that Jesus is not God. I beg to differ, biblically so. The bible says in Col 2:9 that in Christ the whole fullness of deity dwells in bodily form and Col 1:15 also says that Christ is the image of the invisible God therefore, he is God. Heb 3:3 further says, the Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.

Continuing on the same thought process of His own arm worked salvation (redemption), we see Peter in Acts 2:23 saying that Christ was delivered up according to the definite plan and knowledge of God. Heb 2:10 explains why it was necessary for God to crush Christ, that is, to bring many sons to glory. In Ephe.1:10-11, we see that God is the one who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will confirmed again in Phil 2:13 that it is God who works in us to will and to at according to His good purpose. So God worked through Christ His good purpose of salvation.

I finish with Heb 10:5 where Christ said, ‘sacrifice and offering you did not desire but a body you prepared for me.’ So that his sacrifice may be once and for all. Therefore brethren, we see God orchestrating the work of salvation before we were even formed in our mothers’ womb. Why would we ignore and refuse such a loving act from a patient and loving God?

Grace and Peace.

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