Monday, January 22, 2018

Now Knowledge

UV 2890/10000 Now Knowledge
Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
Psalm 20 v 6
Salvation is not something that happens in the distant future or after our deaths but it is “now knowledge”. It is firm and blessed assurance that Jesus is an all sufficient Saviour in all of life’s struggles- our moral struggle with sin, our struggle with suffering, our struggle with disease, our struggle with scarcity and poverty of different kinds, our struggle with spiritual adversaries as well as those in flesh and blood. It is knowing for sure that the Lord will intervene and give us ultimate and certain victory over all these visible and invisible forces and factors.
Our knowledge that we are a saved people is the source of joy, hope and strength. We are not saved on our own merits or our own resources or strength but by the grace of the Lord. He anoints us or enables, equips, empowers us to wrest victory over every force and factor. When something seems beyond us to wrestle with and gain victory, we cry out to the Lord and He hears and delivers us from where He is seated at the right hand of the Father. David had this experience. He was given the triple anointing of the sinner or leper that delivered him of his own inner weaknesses, lusts, pride and folly; the anointing of the priest that enabled him to worship the Lord with abandon and in spirit and beauty of holiness, to pray for his people, to prophesy and preach to the people; the anointing of the king to reign, to rule, to administer, to serve, to lead, to conquer, to judge, to render justice, to bless and reward, to punish. For most people, the right hand is the dominant hand. Likewise, the Lord demonstrates His closeness to His anointed people with “right hand” proximity and power. He delivers us with the saving power of His right hand. Death, danger, disaster was always close at hand in the life of David in different phases of his life but the Lord as his redeemer was always closer. David was personally strong, personable, skilled, multi-talented, courageous, magnanimous but he did not depend on any of his personal qualities and strengths but only on his ‘now knowledge’ of the awesome salvation prepared for him by His Saviour and ultimate ruler. Salvation in Christ has two aspects- immediacy or acts to save or rescue us here and now and ultimate salvation of our souls after our demise. Both these aspects together constitute eternal life in Christ.
Prateep V Philip

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