Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Salvation Is From GOD The FATHER The SON And The HOLY SPIRIT

Jonah 2:1-10 NIV

1From inside the fish Jonah prayed to The LORD his GOD. 2He said:

“In my distress I called to The LORD,
and HE Answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and YOU Listened to my cry.

3You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all YOUR waves and breakers
swept over me.
4I said, ‘I have been banished
from YOUR Sight;
yet I will look again
toward YOUR HOLY Temple.’
5The engulfing waters threatened me,a
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
Brought my life Up from the pit.
7“When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered YOU, LORD,
and my prayer rose to YOU,
to YOUR HOLY Temple.
8“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from GOD’S Love for them.
9But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to YOU.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, 

‘Salvation Comes From The LORD.’ ”

10And The LORD Commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Jonah 2

2:1-9 Observe when Jonah prayed. When he was in trouble, under the tokens of GOD'S Displeasure against him for sin: when we are in affliction we must pray. Being kept alive by miracle, he prayed in the belly of the fish.

No place is amiss for prayer. Men may shut us from communion with one another, but not from communion with GOD. To WHOM he prayed; to The LORD his GOD. This encourages even backsliders to return. What his prayer was. This seems to relate his experience and reflections, then and afterwards, rather than to be the form or substance of his prayer. Jonah reflects on the earnestness of his prayer, and GOD'S readiness to hear and answer. If we would get good by our troubles, we must notice The Hand of GOD in them.

He had fled from the Presence of The LORD, WHO Might Justly Take HIS HOLY SPIRIT from him, never to visit him more. Jonah reflects on the Favor of GOD to him, when he sought to GOD, and trusted in HIM in his distress. He warns others, and tells them to keep close to GOD. But Jonah's experience encourages others, in all ages, to trust in GOD, as The GOD of Salvation.

2:10 Jonah's deliverance may be considered as an instance of GOD'S Power over all the creatures. As an instance of GOD'S Mercy to a poor penitent, who in distress prays to Him: and as a type and figure of CHRIST's Resurrection. Amidst all our varying experiences, and the changing scenes of life; we should look by faith upon our Once Suffering and Dying, but Now Risen and Ascended REDEEMER, CHRIST JESUS.

Let us confess our sins, consider CHRIST'S Resurrection as an earnest of our own, and thankfully receive every temporal and spiritual deliverance, as the pledge of our eternal Redemption in HIM.

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