This is a guest post by Billy
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto Me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you” -Isaiah 55:1-3 [KJV]
Without doubt we all know that these are turbulent, tumultuous times with violence, treachery and all manner of evil that is growing exponentially. Reading The Survivalist Blog has been helpful to me and my family with all the informative reports, reviews and articles regarding the many facets of survival and prudent preparations, some of which I enjoy passing along to my family, friends and neighbors.
As a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and as a patriotic American and former military man, by the grace of God, I see life and that which is transpiring before us today through a biblical world-view. There’s no need for me to convince you readers of this outstanding web-log that it is a good thing to set aside, to stock-up and to prepare for hardships or for “rainy days”. As history records it is a good thing to remember how men of God of long ago such as Noah, who was a “preacher of righteousness” (II Peter 2:5), obeyed God’s warning and prepared for the flood. So too did Joseph, who was warned of God to prepare for seven years of famine while he was Pharaoh’s second-in-command in Egypt. It is written for our admonition, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (I Timothy 5:8).
While we would agree that temporal preparations are a good thing for this life time it is my prayer that you’ll seriously think upon matters regarding eternity. Our physical life upon this earth is so brief. My grandmother, who I named Mimi when I was a little boy back in the early ’60’s, passed away recently at the ripe old age of 103 years old. Though she lived so long a time on this earth it’s not even a ‘drop in the bucket’ compared to eternity. The holy scripture says, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you” (I Peter 1:24-25).
I submit to you the following holy scriptures and short commentary for your prayerful and serious consideration.
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
-Psalm 118:8-9 [KJV]
“Salvation is of the LORD.” -Jonah 2:9c [KJV]
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall
not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” -John 5:24 [KJV]
Dear neighbors, the “Good News” gospel message that is here proclaimed unto you is that Jesus Christ the LORD was sent by the Father to effectually & fully SAVE poor, needy, wretched sinners by His own sovereign FREE grace and by His perfect righteousness charged to our accounts!
Regarding this “so great salvation” by Jesus Christ alone please consider the following words of wisdom,
“Salvation is of the LORD” (Jonah 2:9c), entirely so, from beginning to end. It is God’s “great salvation,” in its origination, in its effectuation, in its application and in its consummation. Man contributes nothing to it whatsoever. All the Trinity are concerned and engaged in it. The Father is the Author of salvation from sin, Christ the Purchaser, the Spirit the Conveyor. It is the Father who begets the elect (James 1:17, 18); yet they are declared to be the “seed” of Christ (Is. 53:10), while they are “born” of the Spirit (Jn. 3:6).” -The Satisfaction of Christ, ch. xii, by Arthur W. Pink
“The gospel is no other than a pure promise, a free declaration of peace and pardon, righteousness, life, and salvation to poor sinners by Jesus Christ. The sum and substance of it is, that “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). -The Doctrine of Imputed Righteousness Without Works, by John Gill
“Christ died for the UNGODLY” (Rom. 5:6). God’s righteous grace comes to us through the law-honoring, justice-satisfying, sin-atoning Work of the Lord Jesus! Here, then, is the very essence of the Gospel: the proclamation of God’s amazing grace, the declaration of Divine bounty, altogether irrespective of human worth or merit. In the great Satisfaction of His Son, God has “brought near HIS righteousness” (Isa. 46:13). -The Doctrine of Justification, ch. vii, by Arthur W. Pink
“The miracle announced by the Gospel is that God comes to the ungodly with a mercy that is righteous, and in spite of all their depravity and rebellion, enables them through faith (on the ground of Christ’s righteousness) to enter into a new and blessed relation with Himself.” -ibid.
Friends, I tell you that Almighty God has, by Himself, worked-out and provided a perfect salvation for all those who do hunger and thirst for His righteousness. Salvation is NOT by what “church” we attend; it is not by what “good deeds” we do, nor is it by our tradition/s, our tithing, almsgiving, religious observances: it is solely by the finished work of Christ Jesus the Lord, Who is coming back one day as the mighty and conquering King of glory.