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Today is August 20, 2018
Verse of the Day -- Psalm 25:5
Thou art the God of my salvation . . .

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We sin, God saves.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Salvation means several things in the Bible. There is

 

  • salvation from sickness

     

    Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. -James 5:14-15

     

  • salvation from death

     

    For You have delivered my soul from death,
    Indeed my feet from stumbling,
    So that I may walk before God
    In the light of the living.
     -Psalm 56:13

     

  • salvation from danger

     

    Then the men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal, saying, "Do not abandon your servants; come up to us quickly and save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites that live in the hill country have assembled against us." So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him and all the valiant warriors. The LORD said to Joshua, "Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands; not one of them shall stand before you." -Joshua 10:6-8
         See also Hosea 13:10.

     

  • salvation from God's wrath

     

    and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. -1 Thessalonians 1:10

     

  • and even salvation from false doctrine

     

    Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. -1 Timothy 4:13-16

     

But the most important salvation is from sin. We are justified from our past

 

Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, "HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM." Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us - for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE" - in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.-Galatians 3:11-14
     See also Romans 3:21-4:12.

we are presently sanctified

 

But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. -Romans 6:22
     See also 1 Corinthians 6:11, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, and 2 Timothy 2:21.

and in the future we will be glorified

 

and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. . . . and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. -Romans 8:17-18, 30
     See also 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

. . . for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. -Romans 10:10

. . . I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. -Habakkuk 3:18

 


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

I have always been a bit confused about the eternal status of aborted and miscarried pre-born babies. Given the fact that life begins at conception, they must already have souls, regardless of when they died or were killed in their mothers' wombs. If they do go to heaven, will they be part of the Bride of Christ or given some alternate status in the Kingdom of God? And what about very young children?


ANSWER:

God both predestined every Believer before the foundations of the world were ever laid AND formed them in the womb prior to birth.

 

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, -Ephesians 1:4-5
     See also Psalm 139:13, Isaiah 44:2, and Jeremiah 1:5.

When David talked of his dead baby, he said:

 

. . . I shall go to him but he will not return to me. -2 Samuel 12:23

Since David had no clue as to whether or not the child was chosen before the foundation of the world was laid, and there are no other Scriptures to reference regarding young children dying and going to heaven, many assume that aborted babies and very young children go to heaven when they die. It is often referred to as a child dying prior to the "Age of Accountability."

However, there are potential flaws in that doctrinal theory.

First, 2 Samuel 12:23, in context, shows David's conviction that the dead cannot return to life, and rather, the living go to the dead. He did assume he would see his child, as any parent would.

Second, if there were an Age of Accountability, a person could kill his young children to be certain they would go to heaven, not leaving a personal confession of sin and trusting Jesus for salvation as an option to reject. With eternal destiny at stake, why take a chance? This world means nothing compared to eternity. But that would then make their salvation be dependent on human works - which is a false doctrine. As much as we would like to think that all aborted babies go to heaven, you just can't make a solid scriptural case for an Age of Accountability.

However, God is in full control and makes no mistakes. For all we know, He has a plan He has not revealed to us through Scripture that pertains to infants, young children, disabled, etc. The Bible does say that we cannot imagine how good heaven will be:

 

but just as it is written,
"THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."
 -1 Corinthians 2:9

So whatever you think heaven will be like, it's better than that!

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