Pastor Adrian Rogers
A "Know-So" or a "Hope-So" Salvation?
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
If you think you're going to get to heaven by your good works, I guarantee you will always wonder if you've done enough. You will not have a "know-so" salvation. You will have a "hope-so" salvation. Rather than standing up straight in confidence like an exclamation point, you will be bent over and wondering like a question mark. That is, until you understand that it's all by grace.
Suppose everybody who wanted to be saved had to run around the block. Some can't run. What if you had to read a chapter in the Bible to be saved? Some can't read. But there is one thing that can make the promise sure, and that is grace.
Who can you share this Good News with today? Think of at least one person, and ask God to give you a bold love and a divine opportunity to do just that. We also invite you to read "You Can Be Sure" for more insights on the eternal security of the believer.
"He erected the pillars in the front of the temple, one to the south and one to the north. The one to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz" (Chron 3:15-17).
In 2003, I took my first trip to Israel. I visited the Wailing Wall, the only thing left of the original temple built by David's son, Solomon. I took an underground tour of the temple foundation which allowed us to see the incredibly huge, square boulders that were used to lay the foundation. History states that these boulders were cut off-site and transported to the temple location to avoid loud noises in the temple area. Pillars are designed to provide the foundation to a structure. These towering cylinders provide the height and strength to connect the roof to the lower foundation.
What's remarkable is the name of the two pillars that stood in front of the temple: Jakin, which means it establishes. And Boaz means in it is strength. Jakin was a priest. Boaz was a business man also known as a "king" in the scriptures. He was also Ruth's kinsman redeemer whose lineage would be traced all the way to Christ (Mt. 1:5). It is a picture of two people God would use to represent the entrance into God's presence and the forming of the foundation of Christ's Church. The Bible says we are both kings and priests, but we also have two separate distinct roles to play in his Body.
Kings and Priests are joining together to bring the presence of God into the place that has been forbidden territory - the workplace. It is only when this partnership cooperates in unity, mutual respect, and affirmation that we see God's power released. Alone, we cannot do it. Together, we can bring the presence of God into all spheres of society to transform workplaces, cities and nations.
Heavenly Father you truly are amazing. Thank you Father for this beautiful day. Today Lord I am thinking about all the wonderful people who have come into my life. I pray for each and every one and I also pray for their special needs. I want to stand in the gap and lift them up to you. Show me Father just who needs Your special touch. Bring their needs to my attention. Work through me to minister to them. Right now, I can think of several people who are in need of prayers. Please Father intervene in their life because you know always know best what it is that they need. Lord may you be glorified in everything that I do. In Jesus' precious name I humbly pray Amen.