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October 2, 2020, 3:10 PM

God's Work of Salvation: Mystery

Matthew 11:25-27

Growing up I enjoyed a children's magazine called "Highlights."  One of my favorite puzzles was finding the hidden things in a picture.  What type of puzzles do you enjoy solving? The Gospel is good news for those who are not considered intellectually superior to others.  Jesus' praise of the Heavenly Father reminds us that the Gospel is not a mystery to be solved, but a revelation to accept by faith.  Jesus' point is not that smart people can't be saved, but that they cannot be saved apart from the work of the Holy Spirit;  Why is salvation not an intellectual pursuit?  Verse 26 tells us that it was the Father's good pleasure.  This may not satisfy our searching hearts, but it is a call to live by faith.  Ephesians 2:8-9 provides more detail about why the Gospel is not an intellectual; pursuit, " For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God's gift---not from works, so that no one can boast."  If we could be saved apart from God, then we could boast that we have earned salvation.  The point is not that a believer checks their brain at the door, but that salvation is a work of God.  Verse 37 teaches the most offensive truth in the world, which is salvation is obtained through Jesus alone. You can't earn it.  You can't buy it.  You can't obtain it for others.  You must trust in Jesus and Him alone.  Have you trusted in Jesus alone to save you from your sins?