Salvation "Now Made Manifest"         

2 Timothy 1:10

     Paul has shown us that the salvation of God's elect was fully accomplished by the eternal purpose and decree of God, and that it was "given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." The covenant of grace being agreed upon and Christ standing as our Surety in that covenant, all the multitude of God's elect were saved from eternity. This cannot be disputed (Eph.1:3).

     In the Old Testament the mystery of redemption was hidden in types and shadows of the law. It was promised and pictured, but it was not fully revealed. The question, "How can a man be just with God?", could not be completely answered until Christ came, God in human flesh, and accomplished redemption as the sinner's Substitute. But now it is "made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ" (See Rom. 3:24-28; Eph. 3:1-12). How is this salvation made manifest by the appearing of Christ?

1. CHRIST HAS "ABOLISHED DEATH." By his death in our place, under the penalty of sin, the Lord Jesus Christ has removed all his elect from the penalty of sin, which is death. His death has satisfied the claims of God's law for us. The law being satisfied, our sin has been thoroughly expunged from the court record. And justice cannot allow the sentence of death to be executed upon us. Though the body must yet go to the grave, we shall never die (John 11:25-26; Rev. 20:6). The Lord Jesus Christ has won for us "life and immortality."

2. AND OUR SAVIOR HAS "BROUGHT LIFE AND IMMORTALITY TO LIGHT THROUGH THE GOSPEL." He sends his servants out to preach the gospel, the accomplishment of redemption, to bring to light what he has done. The gospel preacher does not offer the possibility of life and immortality. He proclaims it (Isa. 40:1-2; 52:7;). And when he speaks by the power of the Holy Spirit to the hearts of God's elect, those for whom Christ died, then God, who commands light to shine out of darkness shines in the heart, "to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." This is the experience of salvation. This shining light in the renewed soul creates faith.


Don Fortner