Sunday, January 13, 2008

WHEN The Sovereign God REDEEMS...

"But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself" (Psalms 49:15, NIV).

I love the translation of New International Version of Psalm 49:15, “…he will surely take me to himself.”

A Bible teacher told me that there are those who are redeemed by the blood of God’s Son, yet, will NOT be saved!

What a great contrast with the positive assurance of the Living Word of the Sovereign God: If He will redeem you – even from the spiritual grave of sin – He will SURELY take you to Himself!

This reminds me of another verse: “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory” (Ps. 73:24).

The Sovereign God who caused Nebuchadnezzar to acknowledge willingly: “…praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble” (Dan. 4:37) – is the same God who will guide you and afterward will take you into glory.

The same Lord who “moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm” to build the temple of God in Jerusalem (Ezra 1:1-2) and the God “who put into the heart of Titus the same concern” that Paul had for the Corinthians (2 Cor. 8:16) can also move your heart to believe and say:

“'In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins' (Eph. 1:7) and He will surely take me to Himself!”

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