Salvation is from the Lord.

      As I begin to think about the wonders and glory of our God, Jesus Christ, it makes me extremely humble consider the concept that salvation is from the Lord. “Salvation is from the Lord”, is a quote from an Old Testament writer named Jonah, and these words to me mean so much when taking about my life. I would like to search deeper into the question of why does salvation have to be from the Lord. This question is a must have when discussing the theology of different religions. I am going to submit to you however that the concept of salvation is from the Lord is only unique to the Christian perspective and we will see why as we progress further.

Jonah 2:9- But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving that which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord.

     In order to understand what this verse is saying, we must consider the preceding text. In Jonah verse 9 of chapter 2 is the very ending of a prayer in which Jonah is praying to God because Jonah has been swallowed by a large fish. Jonah is repenting and seeking God and all of this is happening on the inside of a large fish . For the sake of this writing I want to pay close attention to the last sentence of this verse, “Salvation is from the Lord”.

     To me, this question has a simple meaning, but we must consider what is being stated. To me “Salvation is from the Lord” is indicating exactly what it says. The means to which we are saved from sin and death is given to us by the Lord. For some, this is where the situation gets sticky. If salvation is from the Lord as the text says, what does that mean for human free will? Do we choose ourselves when we get saved by asking God for salvation, or does God himself open our eyes so that we may realize the extent to which we need him and receive salvation. In other words, are we or is God the one who initiates salvation for the believer? Lets take into account what biblical scripture has to say about this issue.

     For the sake of time and space, we are going to jump right into in New Testament Scripture to look at this issue.

Note: If I were to start from the beginning of the bible, this could end up being a book and that is not the point of the article.

     I would like to look at a couple of passages from Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church at Ephesus.

Ephesians 2: 1-3- And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

     This passage is a very truthful passage. I think that when people read over this passage, we do not see the power behind it. Paul tells us that we were once dead in our sins and the wrath of God was coming upon us. We were once children of wrath. This bible passage goes against all of the political correctness that we see in the church today. The simple matter of the fact is that this is quickly skipped over, but it is essential in understanding the gospel and what salvation from the Lord really means. Now let us consider another passage just a bit further in the same letter of Ephesians.

Ephesians 2: 4-5- But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

     What is completely amazing in scripture is that we will have a passage like the first one we discussed and it seems so hopeless, but God through His word provides many buts. This passage clearly says that but God loves His people so much, He has mercy for them making us alive in His son Jesus who died in our place for our sins. What an amazing and glorious God! Now, in consideration of these two passages, let us end this article with the kicker, does God initiate salvation, or do we initiate it by asking for it?

Ephesians 2: 8-9- For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

     If you carefully look at what Paul is saying here, we all agree that we are saved by faith alone (Romans 1:17) but what is interesting is what Paul says about faith that is the key. Paul says that grace is from God and faith is not of ourselves. It is not our own faith, but is a gift of God. The grace is from God, and our faith is also a gift from God. When we consider all these passages together, we were dead in our sins unable to choose God. God being rich in His mercy and love for His people generously gives grace and faith to those who are His people. So, I would submit to you, that salvation is in fact from the Lord. God is the one by Jesus Christ and through the Spirit that opens our eyes and initiates our salvation for us so that we can love and cherish His glory. I now can make a specific claim about Christianity that no other belief can make, and that is that God loves His people so much that He Himself came a died for His people. No other god has ever done that. We can easily see from just these few passages that our works do not matter, but what matters is the work of Christ on the cross. I pray that you take into consideration what the Scriptures say about this issue and please by all means compare it to other texts found in the bible. For example look at the whole chapters of Romans 8 and 9. Look at the gospels and specifically John 10. Then you can go all the way back to the Old Testament and see how God has dealt with His people in the same way. It is amazing to see how God does in fact work with His people. Salvation is from the Lord!


1 Response to “Salvation is from the Lord.”

  1. July 14, 2008 at 6:02 AM

    Nice. A pet peeve though is not including vs 10 from Eph 2. It’s the bookend!

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