Preface: The greatest revelation of God’s love was the cross, where He Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, was sacrificed for our sins.
Sometimes in our Christian experience, we forget that God is all powerful. Nevertheless, for the sake of our human frailties, God has given us His Word that assures us of His love for us. According to Titus 1:2, we can be sure of salvation because God cannot lie, and even from the beginning of the world, He has promised us eternal life.
Some of the greatest examples of God’s salvation can be found in the historical records of the Scriptures. David was forgiven of his adulterous sin with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah, the Hittite. “The law of God pronounced the adulterer guilty of death.”1 But David sincerely repented of his great sin. God’s promise to the repentant sinner went into effect and David saw the evidence of his pardon and acceptance. He had fallen, but the Lord lifted him up.
Another example of God’s gift of salvation is the experience of Mary Magdalene, who was caught in adultery. The Spirit of Prophecy tells us that “her heart was melted,” as Jesus forgave her. “She cast herself at the feet of Jesus, sobbing out her grateful love, and with bitter tears confessing her sins.”2 Jesus’ pardon began a new life for her of devoted service to God.
While God is faithful to forgive the repentant sinner, He does not reduce or lessen the consequences of sin. He seeks not to condemn, but to save the sinner. Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus is another example of the gift of salvation. On the journey to persecute God’s people, Paul was confronted with the question, “Why persecutest thou me?” (Acts 9:4). Saul yielded fully to the Holy Spirit and “bowed before God with the humility and simplicity of a little child, confessing his own unworthiness and pleading the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour.”3 Salvation was given to Saul, who became Paul. God cannot provide salvation without human response. We need to repent truly and sincerely. Then salvation will be given to us. These historical references are just a few examples of what salvation through God’s power can do.
There is something we must never underestimate in regard to salvation: the power of our personal testimonies. How often do we neglect our personal blessings as strong evidence of our salvation? In fact, miracles are going on all the time. Yet, we have eyes and see not. We have ears and hear not! God has promised us that His love is an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3). The life and death of Jesus Christ is the greatest evidence of God’s salvation.
1. Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 718.
2. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 462.
3. White, The Acts of the Apostles, p. 119.