Thursday, January 28, 2016

Who can be saved?

January 28

Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 19:16 – 30

Verse of the Day: Matthew 19:25 – 26 – “And when the disciples heard it, they were astonished exceedingly, saying, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

In this last part of chapter 19, we read the story of the rich, young ruler. The disciples were shocked by Jesus’ response to this man. Many today would have gone out of their way to accommodate him. Jesus told it straight and to the point.

One thing that I have always noticed in this passage is the question here and the answer of Jesus. Who can be saved? When we look at people around us, do we try to decide who can and who won’t be saved? Jesus reminds us that salvation is entirely in the hands of God. Man can’t save himself, and others can’t make the choice. God is author of salvation, the provider of salvation, and the keeper of the saved.

Prayer: Father, I thank You that salvation is all from You and that I can rest in that assurance for all eternity. Amen. 

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