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  • Writer's pictureTim Hemingway

The Gift of Salvation Communicated


 

"This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” Hebrews 2:3-4.


So far we have seen that Jesus was a gift; that righteousness was a gift; that life from the dead was a gift; and that the Holy Spirit was a gift which is staggering enough, but the reality remains that unless our problem, and the solution to our problem be communicated to us and our understanding, then our hearts cannot believe it.


What we must believe to be saved is specific and content-full and it must be conveyed. That doesn't mean that merely hearing it and understanding it will result in our receiving it with saving faith - that essential receiving takes the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit in our souls to accomplish. But any heart that comes to faith in Christ, comes to faith by the action of the Holy Spirit on the soul in response to the content of the glorious gospel of Jesus. 'How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?' (Romans 10:14).


What a wonderful gift it is then, that God has communicated and ratified the good news of salvation in Jesus. That's what Hebrews 2:3-4 is saying. The salvation was announced and it was confirmed. The bible is the communication, in written form, of the content of salvation from reliable sources who witnessed that salvation coming on the scene and the signs and wonders that the Holy Spirit gifted them as the confirmation of those truths.


We have this word as a reliable witness then, because it was ratified by super-natural gifts that set it apart from all other writings. If it were not supported by those gifts, then it would not have the authority it simply must have in order to be believed upon as the ground and foundation of the truth of our very precious salvation. So, the gifts the Holy Spirit confirmed the announcement of the gospel with, communicate a trustworthy message to us without which we could not be saved.

 

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