that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us. — Luke 1:71 NET
The salvation, which Christ came to make for the world, is perfect.
First it delivers us out of the hand of our enemies. We are under condemnation, and it sets us free. We are in death’s prison, and this salvation liberates us.
But deliverance from condemnation and death is not all of Christian hope. We are set free that we may serve our new Master. Jesus says, “Take My yoke upon you.” We are made free from other masters by coming under the rule of the Divine Master. We are saved to serve.
Our service, however, is not to be selfish, nor servile, nor compulsory, but glad, joyous, voluntary, under the constraint of love. We are to serve Him by obedience – “in holiness and righteousness.” There is no other way of receiving the divine salvation but by the acceptance of Christ’s master–ship, which implies obedience in all holy things and in all holy ways.
No one willingly living a sinful life can claim to have received Christ.
Mornings With God - October 18
Public domain content taken from Morning Thoughts by J.R. Miller.