The Word of Our Salvation - Charles Stanley Daily Devotional (May-30-2020). God graciously left His Word with us so we might know His great love and receive salvation.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 ( 1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures)
Try to imagine a world without Bibles. The reality is that there are places on earth where Scripture is unknown, and the people who live in those cultures don’t know anything about Jesus Christ. This truth should stir us to pray not only that God’s Word will reach them, but also that they will realize how valuable the Bible is. Without it, none of us would have any idea how to be saved—or even that we needed salvation.
• The Bible reveals God’s holiness and exposes mankind’s sinful, hopeless condition (Rom. 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"). Our sin makes us His enemies, and we can’t do anything to remedy this situation.
• Scripture explains what God did through Jesus Christ to provide a means of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19-21 " 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him"). The Father sent His Son to earth to become a substitute sacrifice to pay the penalty we deserved for our sin.
• God’s Word explains that we can receive Christ’s gift of salvation by repenting of our sin and trusting in Him (Mark 1:15 "and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel").
The next time you pick up your Bible, stop and thank God for giving you such a precious gift. And praise Him for making His wonderful plan of salvation known to you.