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Supernatural Salvation

I have a supernatural wife. She doesn’t walk through walls or leap tall buildings, but we wouldn’t be married apart from divine intervention. I spent years doing my best to find the perfect woman. Then I started looking for a very good one, followed by efforts to find one that could be marginally compatible. I finally told God I’d happily remain single until He intervened. When I met Susan, it was as if God hung a neon sign around her neck. Supernatural.

Just like finding my wife was a supernatural move of God, John 3 reminds me that salvation is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus compares the way the Holy Spirit saves us to the way the wind blows. We can’t see air moving, but we can see its effect. God chooses us before we respond to Him. We may not see the Holy Spirit working, but — just like we see the effects of the wind — we see the change in a person when he is saved.

God commands us to share this salvation with everyone. John 3 reminds us, however, that it isn’t our efforts or religious fervor that changes the hearts of our friends, coworkers or neighbors. It’s the Holy Spirit. After all, salvation is supernatural.

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