Today, because of traveling for school, I had the privilege of attending the College Wesleyan Church. It was a great experience. While listening to the sermon, I found myself thinking about the surrounding context of the kingdom parable the minister was preaching. The parable is about the workers of a vineyard who put in different hours, but all receive the same wages (Matt. 20:1-16). The preacher’s interpretation warranted further investigation into the background of the parable. It is found in 19:16-30.
This post, is not about the background, though. Instead, my attention focused on two statements found in verses 25 and 26. The disciples ask, “who then can be saved” (vs. 25). Jesus replies, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (vs. 26). Say what?
Inevitably, this is the whole point of the kingdom parable. Salvation is not feasible through our own work. It is simply not obtainable through our own ability. But, God makes it possible and calls us to salvation. It is impossible for any to be saved without God. It is only through His Son, Jesus Christ, can we obtain salvation. This is the gracious gift of God. Thank you, Lord!
Thank you, Lord, for giving us Your Son!
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I’m found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas Grace that taught,
my heart to fear.
And grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear,
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come.
’tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead us home.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
than when we first begun.