Salvation is of God
Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu
David said, "God is the God of our salvation." The fact of ultimate reality surely is this, that salvation is of God!
I was asked recently to help a young woman. She was a nurse in Glasgow, now home in the Hebrides, and she was in terrible distress of soul, and the distress continued for a long period. Her father thought that perhaps a word from me might help her, so I called and I found the young woman in a terrible state, fearfully distressed about her soul. The sense of guilt, the sense of unworthiness, and behind it all, the question: "Am I in the covenant...Am I in the covenant?" So I knelt beside her and did my best to help her, and I quoted that great verse of Scripture that I so often quote, John 10:27, "My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me and I give unto them Eternal Life and they shall never perish, neither can any man pluck them out of my Father's hand." And I quoted it again, and I tried to point out the two supreme characteristics of the sheep for whom Christ died. They hear His voice and they follow Him!
Have you heard His voice? Oh, have you heard His voice, young people? It is different from the voice of man! The voice of the Shepherd speaking the word of conviction, speaking the word of pardon, speaking the word of assurance, speaking the word of power. Have you heard the voice of the Shepherd?
I spoke along these lines, and then she looked at me through her tears and said, "Mr. Campbell, I thank you for your kindly words of counsel, but surely, surely, as a minister, you believe that a verse of Scripture won't save you?" Have you got it? Oh, have you got it?
Extensive Delusion About Salvation!
There are thousands today living under a self-created delusion, and a delusion given birth to in our evangelical crusades, who have nothing to rest upon but a verse of Scripture. Are you saved by a verse of Scripture?
Listen to the poet, "Beyond...beyond...the sacred page I see Thee, Lord...I seek thee, Lord...my spirit yearns for Thee, thou living Word." Has the living Word spoken, or are you just holding on to a verse of Scripture?
So she said, "Surely you are not suggesting that a verse of Scripture will save me? "My heart cries for Jesus!" That's it! And Jesus, four or five days after that, revealed Himself in her! And she was gloriously saved.
God Has Come!
We are now walking down from the church. The church is on a hillock, the main road is down about 300 yards below the church. The congregation is moving down and we are walking behind them when suddenly...oh, this is what I am getting at, noting the difference between evangelism and revival ...suddenly, the elder stands, takes off his hat, "Stand, Mr. Campbell. God has come! God has come! See what is happening!" And I looked toward the congregation and I saw them falling on their knees among the heather. I heard the cries of the penitent. And that meeting that began at 11:00 that night continued on the hillside until 4:00 in the morning.