09
Dec
08

question #2: who saved you?

sproulAs we continue to work out our own salvation, let’s answer question #2: who saved you?

Again, as in question #1, most people answer this question experientially rather than propositionally.

Contrary to what many believe, they were not saved by their Pawpaw or by their childhood pastor or by their mother or father.

I implore you to closely examine your salvation if you were saved by someone.  No one can ever provoke faith in another.  God may have used those people to introduce you to Christ, but it is God who saved you.  He may have used your childhood pastor to the plant the seed of the gospel in you, and your Pawpaw may have watered it, but only God the Holy Spirit can bring about your salvation.

The Bible teaches:

5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6  I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:5-9

Too often, when we discuss salvation through Jesus Christ, we are inclined to minimize God while we maximize ourselves.  Minimizing God and maximizing man is something the church is quick to do.  There is great danger in doing this because we risk a correct understanding of two doctrines – the doctrine of God and the doctrine of man

I like the way R.C. Sproul, in his book The Truth of the Cross (Reformation Trust, 2007), distinguishes between the two:

In the Institutes of the Christian Religion, in the opening chapter, John Calvin writes about the importance of having a sound understanding of who man is in order to gain a proper understanding of Who God is.  He then makes a somewhat paradoxical statement and says that in order to understand man, you have to understand God, too.  Unfortunately, we don’t know Who God is, so we don’t know who we are, but themore we understand of the holiness and righteousness of God, the more we begin to see by contrast how desperately fallen we are and how utterly dependent we are on His mercy and grace (pp.161-162).

Wow!  Amen and amen!

If the church would do a better job teaching Who God is, His holiness and righteousness, His judgment and wrath, we would have a better understanding our salvation.  And perhaps, people would be more inclined to work out their own salvation.  For that matter, more people might be genuinely born-again.

Sproul expounds deeper:

The basic conflict in theology is between a theo-centric theology and an anthropocentric theology – a God centered-theology or a man-centered theology.  I’m afraid that many professing Christians are much more concerned about the exaltation of human beings than they are about the dignity of God Himself (p. 162).

That’s the problem—when it comes to salvation we are much more concerned about the exaltation of ourselves than we are of God.

So again, I ask, who saved you? If anyone other than God is credited with saving you, I implore you to repent now.

More to follow tomorrow.

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