Back to the Future

     The Father's work in salvation is His sovereign plan to save His people. That redemption is accomplished by Christ and applied to people's lives by the Holy Spirit. The Father sends the Son, the Son accomplishes the work, and the work is brought home to the lives of individuals through the intervention and the power of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit brings us to faith in Christ, He does not stop with the initial work of salvation or rebirth. He is also the chief architect of our sanctification, of our being brought into conformity with Christ.

     People are not saved because they have faith, but they are saved to have faith. Faith itself is the result of God's saving grace. We tend to get that backwards and think that our faith is what causes us to be reborn. Unless we are born of the Spirit as Jesus said to Nicodemus, we cannot see the kingdom of God, let alone enter it. Salvation is what provokes faith and plants faith in our souls. Here is why our children face the danger of a world without God.  Secular cynics see faith and salvation and a relationship with a real and living God as a pie-in-the-sky theology. The term secularism means the here and now is all there is. There is no eternal dimension, and the sacred is swallowed up by the secular.

     Do you practice an ethical nonconformity? Do you practice the ethic of God rather than the ethic of this world? We must be optimistic and know that the Church of Jesus Christ makes this possible. Peter said it to encourage us, “You have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to beobedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance” (1 Pet. 1:1-2).