Joni Eareckson Tada: Sharing Hope

Joni Eareckson Tada

The Whole of Your Salvation

January 29, 2019
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I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with an interesting verse from Romans 13.

I say interesting because it’s so curious, and you might tend to gloss over it. Paul says in Romans Chapter 13 verse 11, “Salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” Think about that. Your salvation is nearer to you now than when you first believed. Like, hello, what does that mean?
Well, let’s look at that word “nearer.” When things are nearer to you, they are closer, they are more intimate, in fact, they may well be much more dear to you. And that’s what this verse conveys. I know that my salvation is so much dearer, sweeter and precious and nearer to me than when I first believed as a teenager. Way back then, I appreciated what Jesus did for me when I was new in the faith, but I never considered Jesus... precious. Only elderly Christians and missionaries and old hymn writers spoke of Him as precious! Well, now that I am older and over the years, Jesus has become my true Friend, my Fortress when I am frightened, my Beloved when I give Him praise, my Righteousness when I have sinned, the Shepherd who seeks me when I've gone astray.

How did Jesus become so precious to me? Well, this is the way I look at it: Today is the first day of the rest of my salvation! The Christian idea of salvation involves the past (like when I was a teenager), it involves the present (like right now), and the future. Ephesians Chapter 2, verse 8 says "By grace you have been saved….". First Corinthians Chapter 1, verse18 says "The Gospel is the power of God to us who are being saved." And then as far as the future is concerned, Romans Chapter13, verse 11 says "Salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed." We have been saved. We are being saved. And again, that thing about our salvation being nearer now than when we first believed, we will be saved. Ultimately, it means that we are nearer to the time when we will experience the final part of our salvation, in heaven we’re going to be glorified. At every stage we are saved by the death of Christ. In the past, our sins were paid for by Christ – that’s when we were justified. And in the present time, the death of Jesus secures the power of God's Spirit to save us from the domination of sin – that is what is happening right now as we are being sanctified. And in the future, it will be the blood of Christ that saves us from the wrath of God to come and will usher us into perfection and joy eternal, and that, praise God, is when we will be glorified.

Oh Christian friend, I know that is a lot to take in, but I hope you can appreciate that your salvation is nearer now to you than when you first believed. I hope you are faring well through your sanctification as you daily die to sinful habits and keep striving to please the Lord Jesus by obeying. And I sure hope you have your eye on heaven, where you will, finally, be saved from your body of sin and death, and will experience the everlasting joy of being glorified. Every day, it’s getting better and better, nearer and nearer. As the old Gospel song goes, "Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before; every day with Jesus, I love him more and more!" So I want you to grasp the sweetness of all that Christ purchased for you in the past, in the present, and in the future. Today, get actively engaged in your present salvation, and praise the Lord that you will be saved to finally enter God’s eternal joy.

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Joni Eareckson Tada: Sharing Hope is a broadcast ministry of Joni and Friends committed to bringing the Gospel and practical help to people impacted by disability around the world. Joni and Friends has been advancing disability ministry for over 40 years. Their mission to glorify God, communicate the Gospel and mobilize the global church to evangelize, disciple and serve people living with disability answers the call found in Luke 14 to “bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame… so that my house will be full.”

About Joni Eareckson Tada

Paralyzed as the result of a diving accident at age 17, Joni Eareckson Tada envisions a world where every person with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the body of Christ. As the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, she is known worldwide as an author, speaker, disability rights advocate and radio personality. Her 10,000 radio programs are broadcast across the country and around the world, inspiring listeners to realize that there is hope in every hardship.
Joni Eareckson Tada is an esteemed Christian stateswoman and respected global leader in disability advocacy. Although a 1967 diving accident left her a quadriplegic, she emerged from rehabilitation with a determination to help others with similar disabilities. Mrs. Tada serves as CEO of Joni and Friends, a Christian organization which provides programs and services for thousands of special-needs families around the world. President Reagan appointed Mrs. Tada to the National Council on Disability, then reappointed by President George H.W. Bush. During her tenure, the ADA was passed and signed into law. Mrs. Tada served as advisor to Condoleezza Rice on the Disability Advisory Committee to the U.S. State Department. She served as Senior Associate for Disability Concerns for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. The Colson Center on Christian Worldview awarded Joni Tada its prestigious William Wilberforce Award, and she was also inducted into
Indiana Wesleyan University’s Society of World Changers. 
Joni Eareckson Tada has been awarded several honorary degrees, including Doctor of Humanities from Gordon College and Doctor of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. She is an effective communicator, sharing her inspirational message in books, through artwork, radio, and other media. Joni Tada served as General Editor of the Beyond Suffering Bible, a special edition published by Tyndale for people affected by disability. Joni and her husband Ken were married in 1982 and reside in Calabasas, California.

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