The nature of Christ’s salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day “evangelist.” He announces a Savior from hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness. The very first thing said of Him in the New Testament is, “Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people (not “from the wrath to come,” but) from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21) Christ is a Savior for those realizing something of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, who feel the awful burden of it on their conscience, who loathe themselves for it, who long to be freed from its terrible dominion; and a Savior for no others. Were He to “save from hell” those still in love with sin, He would be a Minister of sin, condoning their wickedness and siding with them against God. What an unspeakably horrible and blasphemous thing with which to charge the Holy One! – A W Pink
A realization has humbled me this morning. So many times we look at life, at people, at this world around us and expect the “right” thing to happen. What happened this morning is I was reading C. S. Lewis’ book Mere Christianity. In Book 3, he ends chapter 4 thus:
When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. This is common sense, really, you understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly: while you are making them you cannot see them. You can understand the nature of drunkenness when you are sober, not when you are drunk. Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.
Why is it that this is so simple, yet so hard for Christians to understand? One who does not have the Spirit of God touching their life has no concept of the total depravity that is upon them. I use the illustration that you cannot blame a pig for running back to the mud puddle after you wash it since that is what pigs do. Yet, somehow, we expect a person to not go back to their sinfulness just because we have invited them to come to church, or when we have shared time with them and told them the Gospel. Unless the Spirit of God touches them, there is no hope of them not going back to what they ultimately are.
Our job, as I see it, is to continue being a witness to them for the glory of God and to pray that the Spirit of God open their eyes to who, and what they really are; lost sinners who need a Savior. Like Lewis wrote above, they do not even realize their lost state while He has opened our eyes to our need. That should lead us to Doxology for His mercy to us and renewed prayer that His Spirit touch our lives as well the lives of the lost around us. This should also not make us feel or act in any way superior, it should humble us to the fact that God had mercy on us and touched our lives for His glory so that the fame of His name would be manifest in this world.