Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

The need for salvation

Hebrews 6:9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation.

Why do I need to be saved and from what?.... asked a man trying very hard to mock the way of faith. Although the intent was to mock, nevertheless it remains a valid question, one which every believer need to ask and the answers from the quest must be kept constantly in focus.

 Now if the sole purpose of salvation is to gain material possessions and to boast of earthly riches alone, then believers must be the most pitiable of all God's creation, said Paul 1 Corinthians 15:19.

Seek not, the food that cannot satisfy and perishes, but the things that have eternal value said our Lord to a crowd who ran to him after hearing about the feeding of a multitude with 5 loaves of bread and 2 pieces of fish. Again, speaking to the woman by the well, our Lord said that those who drink water from this well, they will become thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that he would give, such will thirst no more.
John 4:13-14 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

 

Between these insights we set the marker for coming into what the gift of salvation truly promises and offers.

As a result we need to ask ourselves again, what does this salvation promise? God's salvation is the answer for the troubled soul of mankind, it is the power to deliver to the soul of man, the rest he pines after, it is the power to set it free from the bondage it was born into as a fallen spiritual creature, the power to deliver him into the prosperity that his creator envisaged for him both for now and in the eternity to come.

Now prosperity of the soul does not negate the prosperity of the body, but in the quest for the prosperity of the body, the mortal man must be very very careful not to destroy the prosperity of his soul. This i say because while the prosperity of his soul guarantees all things both now and the eternity to come, the prosperity of the body alone is fleeting and the only guarantee that can be ascribed to it and the one which it gives endures only for today, it has no guarantee for tommorrow.

While the prosperity of the soul can also guarantee the prosperity of the body, same cannot be said of the prosperity of the body alone. It cannot guarantee the prosperity of the soul else the rich would be able to use their wealth to deliver their souls into the rest on offer by God's salvation.

 

The quest for prosperity of the soul draws our attention to our heavenly calling in Christ, while the quest for prosperity of the body alone diverts our attention from it, while holding us in the vice grip of the lust of earthly posessions. Many are trapped by that vicious cycle of human existence or the one we call the rat race..the very one which many expend themselves upon, yet are left with emptiness of the soul at the end of the day.

Now our Lord put things in proper perspective for us when he asked the question-what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul? In other words the one who gained the world, was unable to save his soul, having done so at its expense. As stated earlier while the prosperity of the soul does not negate the prosperity of the body the question we must always ask ourselves is this, where do i turn to for the very rest and peace which my soul longs for?