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Arminianism Didn’t Save Me!

I was saved in 1992.  If you had told me in 1992 that I was an Arminian, I would have asked what in the world was that.  If you had told me in 1992 that I was a follower of Arminius, I would have asked who in the world was he.  If you had asked me in 1992 about Calvinism or Arminianism or about even John Wesley, I would have looked at you curiously and asked what they were.  I had no clue about Arminianism when I was born again.  I had no clue about John Calvin or Martin Luther when the Lord was pleased to save me.  All I knew was that Jesus died for my sins, that He rose again, and that He was my Savior and Lord.  That was all I knew.  I didn’t know much theology and surely didn’t care about learning about Arminius in 1992.

In fact, I learned that I was an Arminian by reading a theology book that my youth pastor gave me in 1993.  As I read that book, I begin to read about the debate over doctrines such as eternal security, election, predestination, etc. and I came away believing in Arminianism though I still had no clue really what that was other than I didn’t believe in “once saved, always saved.”  My Arminianism took root while in college after debating with more students over eternal security.  I am no doubt an Arminian now but that took years to develop.

My point here is that Arminianism didn’t save me.  As my mama would say, “I ain’t saved by no man.”  Jesus alone is my salvation!  I was reading (and shouting a bit) this morning as I turned in my Bible from passage to passage regarding the precious blood of Jesus and His finished work.  I read Luke 19:10 and I know that is me, a sinner in need of a Savior.  I read 1 Timothy 1:15 and that is me, the foremost of sinners who needs His grace.  I read 1 Peter 1:18-19 and shouted at the wondrous thought that Jesus shed His blood for my forgiveness.  I read 1 John 1:9 and 1 John 2:1-2 and worshiped the Lord Jesus for obtaining the right (John 1:12-13) to be forgiven by His grace.  I read Titus 3:5-7 and rejoiced to know that I am saved not by my works but by His grace alone.  I read John 19:30 and blessed God for the truth that our salvation is finished in Christ.  I read Ephesians 1:7-10 and again shouted with joy at this truth, that Jesus’ blood brings me forgiveness.

And not one of those verses names Arminius or Calvin or Ravenhill or Washer as my salvation.  Jesus alone is my salvation.  Jesus alone prays for me before the Father (Hebrews 7:25).  The Father accepted the sacrifice of the Son and the Spirit drew me to salvation and He sealed me until the day of reception (Ephesians 1:13-14).  It wasn’t Arminianism that saved me.  It was Christ alone who saved me (Romans 1:16-17).  It wasn’t Arminianism that washed away my sins, it was the blood of the Lord Jesus (Romans 5:8-9).

Oh friends, don’t worship a theological system.  Worship the Son of God!  Make Jesus your passion.  Don’t exalt a man above the Lord Jesus.  Exalt the Lord Jesus and make His name great!  Jesus came to ransom us from our sins (Mark 10:45) and His blood can wash away all our sins.  Hebrews 9:14 is one of the greatest passages of Scripture.  It reads,

how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

The blood of Christ cleanses us completely.  Through the blood of Christ we are able to serve the living God.  Praise God the Father for this wonderful gift!

Let us look to Jesus alone for our salvation (Hebrews 12:1-2) and not to men.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/15/2013 at 11:25 AM

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