And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 NIV)
There has to be a personal application of these truths. Redemption has flowed down to mankind from the heart of God through His Son by the Spirit. But salvation, to be effective, must be appropriated and confessed. Redemption is an objective thing. It is something outside of us.
Redemption is something that took place on a cross, but salvation is something that takes place and becomes known inside of us! Salvation is redemption appropriated by faith. The three persons of the Godhead continue to call the lost to salvation.
In the Gospels, we read that Jesus ate and talked with sinners. He knew why He was there. He was not approving their wickedness. He was there because it was His nature to offer help and forgiveness and salvation. . . .
Lord, thank You for redeeming me. Thank You for giving life to me. I come to You and I keep coming. Transform me, Lord!
Redemption provided by Christ's sacrificial death for sinners is available to all. Faith appropriation makes it personally effective, resulting in the experience of salvation. God has opened His arms to us. It remains for us to come to Him.
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