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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

September 20, 2021

Daily Reading: Hosea 8-14


Hosea 13:4

Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.


Talk about a declarative statement! This is a big one. For there is no saviour beside me.


This is either true, or false. There is no middle ground here. The Lord God said: for there is no saviour beside me. He said it all.


This truth is echoed throughout the Bible. The Lord God and He alone has the eternal ability to save eternally. Only Him! Physically this is seen over and over again. Spiritually it is seen over and over again. Do you remember the Mount of Transfiguration in the New Testament? Jesus met with Moses and Elias; they being dead, yet they lived. Three times in the New Testament Jesus said, God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. (Matthew 22:32, Mark 12:27, Luke 20:38). Of a truth, for there is no saviour beside me.


There are many thousands today, perhaps millions, that desire the Lord to “save” them from their physical situations; yet fail to have simple faith in His ability to “save” them eternally. For those who do receive Him by faith through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they know that He, and He alone can save both eternally and physically. After all He is the Savior, the One and Only.


In the New Testament the word Saviour is used 24 times in 27 books. Each and every time, except one, it is used in conjunction with God, Lord God, or Jesus Christ. The one time it is not used as a direct connection with the Lord is in Ephesians 5:23 when it is used as a “word picture” of a husband to his wife, which of course pictures Christ and His local churches.


Nonetheless know this, from Genesis to Revelation the Word of God is a message to all the people of the world that there is a God in Heaven who loves them and desires to save them. After all He is the only one; For there is no saviour beside me. That is what He says on the matter.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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