2021 Advent Reading – Hope for the World: Advent with John Wesley

Day 5
Tuesday – 7 December 2021

We are saved from what? Ephesians 2:8

It is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith.

Reflection:  The fourth part of this Sermon explains to us what this wonderful salvation delivers us from

Q: Is this salvation something that we can attain here and now?

A: Yes. This salvation is a present state. Something that we can attain here and now on earth. “It is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith.” Here the Apostle Paul used a verb in the perfect tense to describe something already accomplished.

Q: We are saved from what?

A: 1. We are saved from the guilt of all past sin. We need to realise that every human being is guilty before God. But God said that he will pronounce us “not guilty” because of the redemption that has been made available for us in Jesus. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins. He used his blood and our faith to remit our past sins and declare us righteous. “There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1).

A: 2. We are saved from fear. We no longer look at God as a slave looks at his owner. Christians have been adopted by God as his children and they can call him “Father”. His Holy Spirit tells them in their heart that they really are God’s children (Rom 8:15-16). Although it is the belief of John Wesley that one may fall away from the grace of God and so lose the benefits of his promises, Christians are saved from the fear of doing so, thus he/she has peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom 5:1)

Reflection

We no longer have to live in fear for all our past sins have ben forgiven once we accepted Jesus Christ as our saviour. In this season of Advent, we anticipate the first and second coming of Christ with peace and rest.

St Bernard of Clairvaux said “We know that the coming of the Lord is threefold: the third coming is between the other two and it is not visible in the way they are…. At the first, Christ is our redemption (birth), at the last, he will become manifest as our life, but in the middle way He is our rest and our consolation.”

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