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Saturday, January 12, 2013

8:40 AM

Ephesians 2:1-3 - "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience - among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh carrying out the desires of the body and the mind and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind."

 

Most of us are familiar with the story of the Titanic.  We know that on April 14, 1912 it stuck an iceberg and sank just a couple of hours later.  The unsinkable ship was gone, it sank on its maiden voyage.  From the time the iceberg was spotted the Titanic had 37 seconds before it hit the iceberg and the unthinkable happened.

In that 37 seconds the captain was able to bank the ship to the left in an attempt to avoid the iceberg and even to throw the massive engines in reverse in an attempt to get out of danger.  Of course these efforts failed, partly because with an iceberg you don't see all of it.  In fact you don't even see most of it, you only see a little of an iceberg peeking out above the water.  The majority of an iceberg isn't seen, its hidden under the water.  And in this case what was hidden led to destruction for the world's most famous ship.

I can't think of any way that our salvation and redemption would be like an iceberg, except for one.  There is a whole lot of it that we don't see.  There is a depth to it that we can't even begin to imagine.  Unlike the iceberg and the Titanic however that depth doesn't lead to destruction and death, that depth leads to life.  We are made alive by the depth of the salvation that God gives to us.

Think about that for just a moment, we were as Paul says in Ephesians 2, "dead in our trespasses and sins."  Sin hadn't caused us to be sick, sin had destroyed us.  It swallowed us up in its icy grip and we were dead.  Dead, until we were rescued by the amazing grace of God.  His grace, His love, His salvation rescued us, pulled us from the depths and made us alive.

We know that and we should rejoice in that, but there is a depth to our salvation that sometimes we don't even see.  Consider what Mark Driscoll says about our salvation in his excellent book, Who Do You Think You Are?, "In Christ we are saved from 6 things: sin, death, worldly living, Satan, our old nature, and the wrath of God."

That's a pretty amazing list.  A list that also points to the powerful truth that in Christ we are saved from hell.  Since we are saved from Satan and the wrath of God we are truly saved from the horrors of a place called hell, which means we have heaven to look forward to.  The great Puritan Thomas Watson said this about eternal life, "there can be no grief in heaven any more than there can be joy in hell."  Think of what God has saved us from.

Look at that list again:

*Sin

*Death

*Worldly Living

*Satan

*our old nature

*the wrath of God

 

If God had just saved us from one of those things our salvation would still be an amazing thing.  It would be an amazing thing to be saved from sin, to not have to live with guilt.  It would be an amazing thing to be saved from death, and to have eternal life to look forward to.  It would be an amazing thing to be delivered from the worthlessness of worldly living, to be delivered from the horror of Satan.  It would be amazing to be a new creation.  And it would be amazingly awesome to know that when we don't have to fear the wrath of God for our sins.  If salvation brought us just one of those things it would be amazing.  So amazing we really couldn't describe it. But the salvation that God gives to us gives us all of those things.  That ought to leave us speechless.  He truly has brought us from death to life.  He has rescued us.  That is why He deserves all of our praise.  Because we didn't do anything to earn our salvation, it is all about Him.

John Flavel put it this way in the 1600s, "could we shed as many tears for sin, as there have fallen drops of rain since the creation, it could not have been our atonement."  In other words no matter what we do we can't save ourselves.  Salvation is the work of God, the work that Jesus completed on the cross when He triumphantly proclaimed, "It is finished."  So go and rejoice in that salvation today, probe its depths, and begin to see just how much God really loves you and has already done for you in Christ Jesus.