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JESUS IS THE GIFT OF SALVATION FOR MANKIND
One of the great blessings of being the Director at IFM is having a front row seat to see how God uses the body of Christ in missions. I watch every year as God uses the gifts you send to provide for missionaries, build ministries, and bless many souls. The financial gifts and prayer support are a beautiful result of the ultimate gift God gave to each of us – the gift of his Son and eternal life through him.
From the very beginning in His Word, God promised that He would be our salvation. When man fell, God still had a plan. Even in the midst of tragedy, there was the hope of the gift of One who would come.
Fast-forward several millennia to the book of Matthew. An angel visited Joseph and proclaimed, “Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). This was the promised One! The name Jesus means, “Jehovah is salvation.” In the Hebrew language, Yeshua, comes from the base word “Yasha.” The Hebrew lexicon says that “Yasha” means “to rescue, to help, to defend, to preserve, to make free, attain victory, bring to safety, to heal, to save.” This One was the gift of salvation for mankind.
At IFM, we believe that “Jesus Christ the eternal, only begotten Son of God, is totally God and totally man. He was incarnated by means of the Virgin Birth, lived a sinless life, and He died by shedding His blood for the remission of the sins of mankind.” Even further, we believe that this Christ who came provided the gift of God’s grace and eternal forgiveness. Our doctrinal statement says, “We believe that man receives the gift of eternal life through faith alone in the person and work of Christ, on the basis of grace alone, without any merits or works, either before or following salvation.” Galatians 4:45 says, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” This Christmas season, let’s remember the wonderful gift that God gave us.
Hal S. Pope
IFM Executive Director
“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6