Proverbs 14:8-11 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour. The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy. The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
What is it that makes a person desire to be saved? Is it the need for a better life? No, not exclusively. Although it’s true, when we come to know Christ as Saviour, it welcomes in the joys and blessings of God. However, the idea of a better life alone is not what drives someone to their knees before God.
What must someone know before he, or she can receive Christ as Saviour? Must they know that Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, His blood washes away all sin, and He rose again? Yes, they must know this, but this knowledge alone will not cause anyone to accept Christ as his Saviour.
So what is it that people must know to receive Salvation?
They must have a clear understanding of the fact that they are a sinner. They must see the sin in their life as filthy before a Holy God. In our verses today, it says, “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way” and, “among the righteous there is favour.” Why is there favor, or acceptance among the righteous? Because they understand their sinful ways offend God. They know they are sinners, and the ultimate sin would have been to reject Christ’s total payment for that sin.
Our verse also says, “the folly of fools is deceit. Fools make a mock at sin.” Simply stated, those who remain in their lost condition, never seem to get it. Sin seems to be a way of life to them, and they see no need to change. In the end however, the life of the foolish will result in eternal torment. While the upright will flourish in the house of the Lord forever.
Self and sin often keep people from salvation. It’s the pride of not wanting to admit that our sin is slowly killing us day by day. Confession and Christ brings about contentment. To know eternal joy we must know Jesus, who takes away all our sins.
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