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The Unanswerable Question-Part 3

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Secondly, it reveals God's wonderful love.  Calvary tells out, in all its fullness, the infinite love of God. Nature, "red in tooth and claw", does not reveal God's love, but rather His "eternal power and Godhead." (Rom. 1:20) History does not tell out God's love, for its pages are red with the blood of countless thousands slain in its many wars. Nor does providence declare the love of God, for the ungodly still seemingly prosper, and the righteous suffer adversity. The only place where God's love is demonstrated, beyond all possibility of contradiction, is at the place called Calvary. Mark what God has to say about this: "In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him." (I John 4:9) No one can doubt the love of God as he looks at Calvary.

Thirdly, it reveals the only remedy for sin. God's salvation takes care of the believer’s past, and provides for the forgiveness of all his sins. It secures the Christian's present, for it assures him of his perfect acceptance in the sight of God, in His Son, and thus grants him peace of heart and mind. It also guarantees the future of every child of God, and assures him of "a home eternal in the heavens," with the redeemed of all the ages. What could possibly be more attractive than this? Thus the believer's past, present and future is all included in the divine purpose of this great salvation.

Fifth, it is a great salvation because of the power it unlooses. We are told that the gospel "is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth." (Rom. 1:16) The Greek word for "power" is "dunamis", from which the word "dynamite" is derived. This great salvation, when accepted by the sinner, is accompanied by the mighty power of God, which delivers him from the bondage of sin into the glorious liberty of the children of God. It translates him from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. It communicates a divine life and spiritual power, which enables the believer to live a life to the glory of God, and to "grow in grace and in the knowledge of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." No one can start the Christian life until he has the life of a Christian, and this life is in Christ. Thus we read "He that hath the Son bath life." (1 John 5:12) How wonderful it is to know that "the exceeding greatness of God's power," which was demonstrated in the resurrection of Christ, is now placed at the disposal of every believer on Christ. Thus there is no possibility of a lack of power to live the Christian life. (Eph. 1:15-23)

Sixthly, it is a great salvation because of the provision it supplies. It provides the believer with deliverance from the penalty of his sins, which is eternal separation from the presence of God in hell. It delivers him from the power of sin, in the measure in which he avails himself of the means, which God has provided for this purpose. One day, at the coming of the Lord Jesus, it will deliver him front the very presence and possibility of sin. Salvation is therefore an inclusive term, and all the things necessary for the believer are included in God's rich provision in Christ.

Seventhly, it is a great salvation because of the fearful perdition from which it delivers. God's word clearly indicates that there is an eternal destiny for all humanity: heaven or hell. No one spoke more about hell than our Lord Jesus Christ. He solemnly warned His hearers of the dreadful danger of dying in their sins, and being cast into hell, "where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched." See Mark 9:42-48. Remember that the Christ that spoke so much about hell, suffered infinitely to save humanity from going there, and died to secure their salvation from eternal punishment. Take heed therefore lest, after reading this warning, you die unsaved, and hear from His lips the dread sentence: "Depart from Me ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels." (Matt. 25:41)  [To be concluded]

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