Saved “So that …”

Psalm 105:43-45 describes God’s deliverance of the people of Israel from Egypt, and gives us some insight regarding it:

43 And He brought forth His people with joy,
His chosen ones with a joyful ashout.
44 He gave them also the lands of the 1nations,
That they might take possession of the fruit of the peoples’ labor,
45 So that they might keep His statutes
And observe His laws,
Praise the Lord!

NOTICE the “SO THAT” in :45. God brought the people of Israel out of Egypt (:43) and gave them all those possessions (:44) “SO THAT they might keep His statutes.” He did not give them deliverance so that they might live in whatever manner might please them. He saved them so that they might keep His word and live as a praise and a testimony to Him, as His special people.

What we need to realize is that the same thing is true for us as New Testament Christians.

Just as God delivered Israel from their captivity in Egypt, so He has brought us out from our “captivity” to sin. But we must remember WHY He has done this. He did not do it so that we might live however we please. Just like with Israel in Psalm 105, He did it “SO THAT” we might keep His word, and live in a way which testifies of Him to those around us.

Ephesians 2:8-10 says: “For by grace are you saved … FOR good works which God prepared beforehand, that we might walk in them.” Any so-called “Christian” who thinks he is free to live however it pleases him has missed the mark, and needs to evaluate his relationship with the Lord. God didn’t save us so that we could continue to live in sin. He saved us “so that” we might live for Him.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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