“Salvation Is Of The Lord!”

Ephesians 1:3-14

“Salvation is of the Lord!”

That was Bro. Jonah’s confession of faith after just three days in the belly of a whale. He learned more sound doctrine in three days at Whalebelly Seminary than most preachers learn in a lifetime.  Salvation is, in its entirety, from start to finish, the work of the triune God (Eph. 1:3-14). God the Father chose his elect, the objects of his grace, in eternal election. God the Son redeemed us with precious blood at Calvary. God the Holy Spirit called us from death to life and gave us faith in Christ at the appointed time of love.

Christ alone is our Savior.

            All the grace of God flows to believing sinners through the merits of Christ’s shed blood and righteousness. In the matter of salvation, Christ is all. If you have not yet learned that, you have not learned the gospel (1 Cor. 1:30-31).

Salvation is wrought in us by God the Holy Spirit.

God’s saving grace, that redemption and salvation which was purchased and obtained for God’s elect by the blood of Christ at Calvary, is effectually applied to and wrought in every chosen, redeemed sinner by the almighty, irresistible power and grace of God the Holy Spirit. “It is the Spirit that quickeneth. The flesh profitteth nothing. It is God the Holy Spirit who gives life to dead sinners, creates a new heart within, and works in us the gifts and graces of faith, conviction, and repentance

God saves sinners by the use of means.

We are taught in the Word of God that salvation is wrought in the hearts of chosen sinners through the instrumentality of gospel preaching. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”. By his wise and holy design, “It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” The gospel we preach is “the power of God unto salvation.” It is written, “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God.”

Salvation is an experience of grace.

God’s salvation is something a person experiences in his heart and soul. We do not build our hopes upon feelings and experiences; but I would not give you a plugged nickel for a salvation that is not felt and experienced in the depth of a man’s soul. Life, pardon, forgiveness, and freedom are things we feel and experience. We do not all experience God’s grace the same way; but all who are saved do experience God’s salvation. Paul’s experience of grace was not the same as Lydia’s; nor was Lydia’s the same as the Philippian jailor’s. They all experienced the same grace; but they all experienced that grace in a very personal way. Yet, every sinner saved by the grace of God, having experienced grace through the preaching of the gospel, knows that he or she is a sinner saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and gladly confesses with Jonah – “Salvation is of the Lord!”

Don Fortner