Max Solbrekken & Nelson preaching in Brazil Crusade
Now is the
DAY of SALVATION
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
“Behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6: 2). The word salvation according to Webster's Dictionary means: “Deliverance from Sin and its Penalty.” The Bible states: “The wages of Sin is Death, but the gift of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23).
“As it is written, There is NONE righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is NONE that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the WAY, they are altogether become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Rom. 3: 10-12)
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23). What a Hopeless situation! But, wait... There is good news for fallen man. God sent His only begotten Son to save us, to redeem us through His vicarious Death on the Cross!
St. Paul writes about God's grace, mercy, and love. He writes about Redemption, Justification, and Reconciliation: “Being justified freely by His Grace through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus; Whom God has set forth as a Propitiation through Faith in His Blood, to declare His righteousness; that He might be just and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Rom. 3: 24-26)
WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?
The word propitiation means satisfaction, covering, and mercy seat. Jesus Christ is the mercy seat and the offering, Who by His sacrificial death met the demands of Divine Justice. By His shed blood, Jesus Christ paid our sin debt and satisfied Almighty God in the Courts of Heaven!
SIN was introduced to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by Lucifer, the fallen archangel. Prior to that disastrous moment, SIN was unknown, as was the Penalty for sin which was separation from God our Heavenly Father. Immediately thereafter, Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden of Eden and fellowship with their Creator was broken.
There was no hate, jealousy, fear, sickness, disease or death in the Garden of Eden before the introduction of Sin by Satan, the Enemy of God and man. Now, sin is universal with tragic consequences, breeding Evil fruit like unbelief, pride, perversion, murder, insanity, betrayal and death!
Salvation is Deliverance from SIN and its PENALTY. It is absolute pardon and forgiveness for all our sins and freedom from them. St. Paul writes: “Giving thanks unto the Father which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
“Who hath delivered us from the power of DARKNESS and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: in Whom we have REDEMPTION through His BLOOD, even the forgiveness of sins! (Col. 1: 12-14)
Through JESUS' shed Blood we receive PEACE: “For it pleased the Father that in Him (Christ) should all fullness dwell; and having made Peace through the death of His Cross, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth or things in Heaven.
“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled. In the Body of His flesh through Death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His sight, if you continue in the faith...” (Col. 1:19-23).
O, how great a reconciliation! The pure, holy and righteous Son of God wrapped Himself in human flesh to REDEEM condemned mankind from the captivity of Satan and Eternal Death. And has adopted us into His Kingdom as sons of God, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ to rule and reign with Him throughout Eternity!
FREEDOM THROUGH GOD'S ETERNAL WORD!
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of BONDAGE again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
“The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may also be Glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the GLORY which shall be revealed in us.” (Rom.8: 14-18)
Satan tries to bring believers into the bondage of condemnation, questioning their salvation. St. Paul shattered those lies and liberated all believers by not only confirming our salvation, but highlighting that that we are actually children of God and joint heirs with Christ, and stating that we will be glorified together with Christ!
St. Paul wrote: “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable Gift.” (2 Cor. 9:15). It is impossible to understand this great gift of Jesus Christ Himself, as God's Paschal Lamb, to Purchase our Eternal Salvation. Given to a corrupt, lost, and condemned human race through His Son's vicarious (substitutionary) death for us on Golgotha, and His glorious resurrection from the grave!
A RECONCILIATION between Almighty God and fallen man that has wiped out our past sins and made us Just in His sight; sinners born again as new men with Christ's nature, able to stand in God's presence without guilt, all because of the Unspeakable Gift of God to guilty, unworthy and doomed humanity!
DELIVERANCE FROM SATAN'S POWER!
JESUS in Hebrew is YESHUA which means 'Saviour; the Salvation of God'. The Salvation of God is deliverance from Sin and the penalty of sin. Jesus, therefore, is the God who saves, heals, and delivers! The prophet Isaiah declared:
“Surely, He hath borne our sicknesses (heb. makob) and carried our pains (heb. nasa): yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our Peace was upon Him, and with His stripes, we are healed.
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.” (Is. 53: 4, 5).
St. Mathew records: “When the even had come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His Word, and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” (Matt.8: 16, 17)
St. Peter declares: “Who (Jesus) His own Self bare our sins in His own BODY on the tree (cross), that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes we are healed.” (1 Peter 2: 24)
JESUS CHRIST gave us the Great Commission: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (Matt. 28: 18-20)
St. Mark records: “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they SHALL recover.
“And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the WORD with SIGNS following.” (Mark 16: 15- 20)
NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME!
We are given a time frame in which this marvelous Gospel is available to each of us, with a challenge to share it with others. St. Paul stated: “We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of Salvation have I succored thee:
“Behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of Salvation. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6:1, 2).
The Greek word kairos used here speaks of a window of opportunity, a certain time frame, which is Now. The time or season in which we must win precious souls for Christ, to reap the Harvest is Now.
And to the unbeliever, I say, that there is no better time to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour than right now. One never knows when that time or season will be gone forever.
The Bible says: “And as it is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment.” (Heb. 9: 22); “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.” (Heb. 10:31); “And, that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
“The Night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and let us put the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” (Rom. 13: 11-14)
The songwriter penned these words: “Today is mine, tomorrow may not come. I may not see the rising of the sun. When the day is over, may my work on earth be done. Today is mine, tomorrow may never come.” Amen.
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