Feb21WedGospel Wakefulness, Foreword, Intro & Chapter 1 February 21, 2018
I may be the only one participating in our CPR Preparatory Reading Plan that includes an ambitious three books instead of one. I am not aware of any others doing it. Nevertheless, the three book plan has me starting to read Gospel Wakefulness this week and my post comes from this book.
The first chapter has Wilson answering the question—which happens to be the title of the chapter—“What is Gospel Wakefulness?” He proceeds to describe and expound on what it is he means by the phrase gospel wakefulness. Interestingly, what he describes is very similar to an idea that Christian and Missionary Alliance founder A. B. Simpson championed; the idea of a crisis experience in the life of believers. That may be a blog post for another day.
For this post, I’d like to share a comment on the following quotation:
If you were to ask me today when I was saved, I would answer, not entirely humorously, "about two thousand years ago" Indeed, because I have been predestined for salvation by the one who foreknew me before I was born or had done anything good or bad, and because the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world, I don't need the security of the date of my new birth. I only need the security of knowing he whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to safeguard my life for all eternity. (30)
I love the point Wilson is making (and I’m not using the word ‘love’ flippantly here). I love that God chose me in Christ not because of anything I had done, or not done, but because he loved me. Where many people perceive callousness and coldness in predestination, I see the warm love of our sovereign God.
I also like this quote as a response to the question, “When were you saved?” There are many people who can tell you the exact day-hour-minute they came to faith, and maybe even give the GPS co-ordinates of their location when it happened. I think this can be a source of reassurance for people. However, there are many who can’t pinpoint their conversion with such precision. Perhaps they grew up in the church and as long as they can remember they believed. Or perhaps the experience of their own conversion was so gradual, like the rising of the sun at dawn, that they are not sure of the exact time they crossed from death to life. For those people, this is a great answer to the question of when you were saved.
The answer is equally true for both groups; those who know when they were saved and those who don’t. Ultimately, our confidence is placed in the One who saved us—slain for us before anything or anyone was created—and therefore we can all point to the day of our salvation.
Furthermore, the day we were saved is of secondary importance; the day Christ died, the day he saved us, is the primary event in our journey of faith. It matters much less precisely when you repented and trusted Christ, what matters is that you did it or that you do it. If you never have trusted Christ, today is a good day for it!