The Scripture says, “. . . Salvation is from the Lord.” Jonah 2:9. In the 8th century B. C., a Jewish man named “Jonah” obeyed God by proclaiming a message of repentance and salvation to his enemy, the Ninevites. In Jonah’s action, the truth of Scripture is affirmed. Salvation is truly from God. It is His invention! If salvation were from man, Jonah would never have gone to Ninevah, and “opened his mouth”; the cost of his enemy being forgiven was far too great for Jonah to bear. Only God could do that. And God did! Jonah may have finally obeyed, but it is God that saves, not man.
The story linked here is another reminder that “Salvation is from the Lord.” A Kuwaiti royal prince comes to faith in Jesus Christ, and makes his conversion public in the Islamic world! He does so knowing that his former religion pronounces a death sentence upon his action. Jesus said, “If any man wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23. The Kuwaiti prince has done this, even to the point of the loss of everything, including probable death. If there ever was a story that needs to encourage the Body of Christ to “take up the cross, daily,” and “follow our Lord,” it is this story. Salvation in Jesus Christ is worth it. This man is willing to give his all because he has found his ALL in Jesus. May the Church be encouraged to give all, that we might have ALL; may we rise from the ashes of spiritual apathy and know the cost and blessings of Salvation in Jesus Christ, the Lord.