Summary: This is the 1st in the series of seven entitled Firm foundations and is called Saved by God.
Saved by God.Rom.5.6-11.
No one has been a Christian so long that they don’t need to get back to basics were going to be looking at basic Biblical belief and Christian behaviour the firm foundations we have in the Christian faith.
The series; Saved by God’. Trusting in God Living God’s way. Listening to God. Talking to God. Meeting with God’s family and meeting the world.
The first message in this series of seven is ‘saved by God’
Bette Midler sang “From a distance God is watching us,”
Many people think as God as one who is distant and far off, dis-interested in the world but the Bible paints a different picture of God… Rom; 5; 8.
Here we see that God is intimately involved with His people and that God demonstrates His love towards us by dying for us. We see here that it is only God who brings about a person’s salvation and the motivation is love.
The Tsunami disaster that hit S.Asia on Boxing Day will stay in our hearts and minds for some time, yet amongst the tragic circumstances of this event there are countless stories of amazing survival, bravery, love and sacrifice.
For instance the Indonesian grandmother Meutria who saved one of her grand children and her self as she clung to a log whilst being taken 60 miles out to sea over a day and a night. She found herself in the next town.
Or the Indonesian Rizyal shaputra who survived for 8 days 100 miles adrift in the ocean on a palm tree survived on coconuts and rainwater. Who was eventually picked up by a passing ship.
And the British grand father Brian Clayton 58 in Thailand who dived back into the waters to save children only eventually to lose his own life.
Through this tragedy we see shafts of light and love in the face of adversity as people have been saved and rescued by others many have been willing to sacrifice their own lives.
What is it that motivates a person to do such an act of sacrifice? Love for others
A Christian is one who has been miraculously saved as a result of outside intervention of God. Paul is pointing us to the immense love of God as the means of our salvation.
Our salvation doesn’t rest upon our love towards God, but on His love towards us! This really demonstrates love in action.
(Brian Clayton who gave his life for others in tsunami was as a result of his love not theirs)
1. Saved by God which was Just at the right time v6. In Gods plan (Appointed time just like in our diary) But when its salvation its God’s diary not ours!
Paul here is referring to salvation being the plan of God and is the result of an eternal love He has for us. Salvation wasn’t an after thought of God.
But was within His eternal plans before the foundation of the world. Here we see The coming of Christ into this world was at the appointed time .
We see here a huge demonstration of Gods love towards His people even before the world was formed, God knew about us and was interested in us personally and has loved us with an everlasting love. This plan was in place in eternity
Eph14 He chose us in Him before the Creation of the world.
Psalm.139;16 the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Just at the right time v6 came Into History
Gal.4.4 under Law to redeem us from the Law
3.20.Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law.
The people of Israel had the opportunity to be right with God through the law.
For 14 hundred years prior to the coming of Jesus yet Christ they consistently failed to live by the law.
This was ample time to prove by God that by the law no- one would be justified. 3v28.We maintain that man is justified by faith apart from observing the law
Gal 3; 24. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. (Schoolteacher and test paper reveal result)
Just at the right time v6 In the life of the individual. When we were still powerless v6 Total inability to work out own salvation.
In the the Greek it means more than just weak, more specific total inability to work out our own righteousness.
We are totally powerless in earning our own salvation we have a paralysis which prevents us from saving ourselves of course its sinful nature . And it has left us totally bankrupt
For many of those people in the Tsunami, whom were rescued, they were powerless to do anything to save themselves it took the intervention of others to save them. And it was just at the right time they were saved, a second later might have been to late.