For Our Salvation
by Rich Maffeo
Through him all things were made,
For us men and for our salvation..
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead . . . obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:3, 9 NASB).
Salvation, like other theological concepts, begs for definition. I've read authors who spent hundreds of pages to illustrate and define the word, but none did so as succinctly or powerfully as a two-year-old child illustrated it for me.
At the conclusion of a home Bible study, Berea's mother left for a few moments to get a package from her car. When Berea saw Mommy leave, her eyes widened in fear; she ran to the door, stretched in vain for the knob and screamed for her mother. I could hear the terror in her cry, as if she believed Mommy would never return.
One of the women lifted Berea into her arms and tried to calm her, but the child only wanted Mommy. When her mother returned and saw Berea's nearly inconsolable grief, she gathered her in her arms, held her close, and whispered in her ear. Almost immediately, Berea settled down, laid her head on Mommy's shoulder, and snuggled into her arms.
The words of the Creed, "For our salvation," remind us God became Man to pay the enormous debt we owed Him because of our sins. "For our salvation" means those who call out to Christ for forgiveness, seeking His mercy and warmth, will never be alone. Throughout eternity, God's children will know the strength of the Father's arms, feel His caress, and hear Him whisper, "It's okay. I'm here. I love you."
"In My Father's house are many dwelling places," the Lord Jesus promised. "If it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:1-3, NASB).
It's not enough to define the concepts of our faith. Atonement, grace, mercy and the rest must take root in our hearts. Salvation means we are saved from something - saved from an eternity alone, separated from the Father because of our sins.
Can you imagine eternity without sensing the Father's care or ever hearing His whispers of love?
Two-year-old Berea taught me more about salvation in those few moments than I learned in all of my seminary training. She reminded me salvation's joy springs from knowing - really knowing - the Father will bring us to Himself and cleanse us in the blood of the Lamb. And we will forever snuggle into His arms to never, ever, be alone again.
Prayer: Lord, restore to me the joy of Your salvation. Give me a spirit that seeks, above all else, to rest in Your arms. Forgive my sins and bring me to life eternal. Amen.
Next time: For Our Salvation
These meditations are compiled in Richard Maffeo's book, "We Believe: Forty Meditations on the Nicene Creed." The book is available through bookstores and his website
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