“And crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:10 NKJV)
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In John’s vision, there was a multitude of people who worshiped the Creator. Tribute was given to Him as the source of their salvation. Since the beginning of time, God’s people has needed a Savior. God knew it before he created and Adam and Eve and put a plan in place even before they were tempted or before the foundation of the world was laid.
It is no coincidence that in the first book of the Bible we were promised salvation from our sins (Genesis 3:15) and in the last we are given confirmation of that salvation (Revelation 7:10). Our Heavenly Father has always made provision for us.
Related: Genesis 3:15
The word translated as salvation in this verse is the Greek word ‘soteria’. It could also have been translated as deliverance from danger, slavery, imprisonment, destruction, sin, or the spiritual consequences of sin. It also implies victory over these things.
What am I saying? We were all prisoners of sin, destined for destruction as the consequences of our actions. God told Adam that disobedience–aka sin–would result in death. And with sin came things like fear, anger, hatred, destruction, and bondage to the enemy.
When mankind disobeyed God, they transferred their allegiance from the Holy One to the evil one.
But because of God’s grace, the blood of His Son was shed for all of us. In Jesus we have victory. We are no longer slaves to sin, we can reclaim our alliance with God.
How It Applies to Us
God doesn’t owe us anything–except a death sentence. Yet He made plans to redeem us after we disobeyed Him. He pursues us in love and tries to convince us to choose Him–to choose life–instead of death and destruction.
Paul puts it this way:
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8 NKJV).
We are highly privileged that the Creator came from heaven to die as the Lamb that takes our sin away. Let us lift our voices as did the great multitude, in praise and adoration because we have been delivered from sin.
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