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Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)
TITLE: Basis of My Salvation
By Stephen Paynter
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The divine answer to the foreseen fall. God's counter to satanic rebellion. A concealed checkmate to be unveiled in time. A staggering concept, bearing the hallmarks of its origin: born of incomparable love and a servant heart. Meticulously prepared, from Abraham to the Baptist. Ceremonies teach the vocabulary and categories needed for comprehension. Human nature exposed by salvation-history, the path to self justification barred. The basis of my salvation proposed.
The crux of history. A son sent. A traitor's kiss and a political expediency. A mother's tears. A desolate hill, venue for agony and abandonment. Crimson streams stain hewn wood. Holy suffering shrouded in darkness. Mockers mock. Followers despair. Rooted in time and location, a cruel death. The basis of my salvation laid.
The cusp of a new age. The inauguration of the new covenant. The hope of the nations. Gentiles now included. The Spirit given. God's ways written on human hearts. All welcome. The basis of my salvation proclaimed.
The ground of every blessing. The principalities defeated - accusations de-fanged. Sinners freed. The wicked now justifiable. Vicarious substitute, wrath turned aside. Redemption effected, sinners purchased. Slaves ransomed. Rebels and God reconciled, animosity buried. Wayward creation restored. The basis of my salvation meets my profoundest needs.
The Holy One's patience exonerated. His mercy justified. His grace acquitted. Of indifference, cleared. The basis of my salvation demonstrably valid.
The spring of peace, joy, restoration, wholeness, health, and soundness. The foundation of my eternity, of life - in all its fullness. Basking, uninterrupted, in the Visio Dei. The benefits of my salvation.
The settled hope of my soul.
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