Dwayne Wedderburn | The power of the Lord to save
"Oh, the love that drew salvation's plan! Oh, the grace that brought it down to man! Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary! Mercy there was great, and grace was free; pardon there was multiplied to me; there my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary."
William R. Newell (1895)
While listening to the testimony of God's saving grace through Jesus Christ by a young member of my congregation, I could not help humming the tune of that song.
"Pastor, I was shot, and I also was a shotta. I stole; I did everything that was wrong," he said. "I had a gun. I loved it so much. Revenge was my motivation. Prison welcomed me on numerous occasions. I was feared by many, but I feared no one. I never anticipated the day that I would be in church crying out to God for mercy and finding mercy. I am thankful to Jesus I am changed. The things I use to do, Sir, I do them no more. It's all the way with Jesus; no looking back for me."
The blood of Jesus is powerful to save every lost soul of man regardless of who they are or what they have done. Race, status, social class, profession, education, culture or past sins are no barrier to redemption.
Message of salvation still very relevant
For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God but, in the fullness of time, Christ died for the ungodly. The salvation of Jesus Christ will last until the end of time, but man, the intended recipient, is restricted by a short life span. Thus, salvation from sin and its penalty of an eternal hell is an urgent issue for man, particularly because of the uncertain date and time of our sure appointment with death. All individuals are faced with the decision to determine their eternity.
Therefore, it is imperative that all born-again believers spread the message of the gospel of Jesus with urgency and compel sinners to accept Him as Lord and saviour. Believers cannot be complacent, especially because of the level of violence currently gripping our nation. Believers cannot dilute the gospel! A compromised message will not reap the harvest of souls. The gospel must be preached with the demonstration of the power of Jesus Christ. As Jesus, John the Baptist, Paul and Peter preached and demonstrated God's power, cities, towns, nations and the entire world were changed. The same is required of us. If souls are not being saved and staying saved, our message needs to be revamped!
The Promise of Christ
"In my Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you that where I am, there you may be also. I will come again, and receive you unto myself." Jesus Christ has guaranteed all believers' life eternal as kings and priests upon His return. Salvation requires that we believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and saviour of the world, confess our sins to Him and then we shall be saved. The process is too simple for logic, but so powerful to transform the evilest heart. With such a transformation we have access to God, to walk in Him and Him in us. We then will become heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. In addition, we will be elevated to a position of spiritual authority where we are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. He is far above all principalities and powers and all powers are under His feet. What great power is made available to a common man that has given up all to follow Christ?
Rejection of Salvation
Failure to repent and accept Jesus has unbearable eternal penalties. Hell is real and was not made for man, but man has broken every Godly law and has skilfully, through sin, charted a road of rebellion to hell. The only detour from this road is through Jesus Christ. Failure to accept Jesus will result in an individual living eternally in hell. The Bible teaches that no status or wealth can determine otherwise. But, thank God, it shall not be so for those who heed the message of salvation.