God’s Present • Devotion #6: Going Beyond Salvation
Jared Bruder | Growth Intern
“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:9-12). Christmas is the time of year we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose again paying the penalty for our sins bringing salvation to you and me.
Salvation from the penalty of our sin is an absolutely amazing gift, but Christ has given us so much more beyond salvation. Romans 5 explains several other gifts beyond salvation that Jesus brought to man. Throughout Romans 5, we see that Jesus has brought us peace with God, access to God, hope, and He has even given us the Holy Spirit.
Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Along with salvation, Jesus has made us at peace with God. We are no longer enemies of God. Romans 5:2a says, “Through him we have also obtained access by faith.” We now have access to God through Jesus Christ. Continuing on in the passage Romans 5:3-4 says, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” Through Jesus, we can endure our trials, and thus it produces hope. Finally, Romans 5:5 says, “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” We see through this passage that Jesus has brought so much more than salvation from hell.
Remember we do not deserve any of this including salvation from hell. Jesus did not have to die for us, but He did because He loves us. Jesus could have stopped at bringing salvation from hell, but He loved us and brought even more than that. Jesus brought us peace with God, access to God, hope, and the Holy Spirit. All of these gifts we have been given allow us to live a life pleasing to God. All we must do is accept and use these gifts in our life. Spend time with God, hope in God, allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life, and always remember Christ died for us. The least we could do is live for Him.