Scripture in the Morning #189
Another interesting quote to assess, from R.C. Sproul – the best quote I have ever heard about how it is that we are saved.
“When God saves us, He doesn’t hear a cry for help and respond by throwing a life-preserver to a drowning person. Instead, God pulls a corpse from the bottom of the sea, takes him up on the bank, breathes into him the breath of life and makes him alive."
Note that Sproul does not say that we called out for help and sought salvation; sought Him. The Bible never teaches that either. Why? Because we cannot seek after Christ in our own power. Note also that Sproul did not say that God extended His hand (or the lifesaver) and we chose to grab it. If either had been the case – if we had called upon Him or collaborated with Him in any way (by accepting Him) then it would have required us to be Spiritually alive to do such a thing. The Scriptures teach that such “cooperation” with God is not possible.
Eph 2:4-6 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus
We are saved by God alone. By Grace alone. God moves us from Spiritual death (a Spiritual corpse at the bottom of the sea) and saved us by regenerating our heart and implanting faith in us.
Ezekiel 36:26-28 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
Amazing grace! God saved you. You added nothing. You did nothing. Me either. He saved us because he chose to save us. Praise God!