Steven M. McCalip
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The scriptures are clear that Solomon, the king of Israel, was a saved man who is in heaven today. This study will give some of the evidence of that assertion. Solomon was a picture of a man who was one of the Bible’s ultimate extremists-on the one hand, he was said to be “wiser than all men” and on the other hand he also dove into the degradation of worshipping false gods and having 700 wives and 300 concubines. Nevertheless, Solomon should be an encouraging sign to all of us who, at one time or the other, walk in ways that aren’t pleasing to God and, many times, are in outright rebellion to him. Just as Solomon was called an “holy man of God,” so are Christians who might fall into the depths of sin. Just ask Lot, who also was called “just” even though he was hanging around Sodomites. Well, here is most of the evidence for Solomon being a man of God despite his lifestyle saying otherwise at times. We should all remember that our salvation is not based on what sins we avoid after believing in Jesus. We should never make it a litmus test that Christians won’t do certain things after salvation. Solomon is a prime example. We are human and still have our flesh natures, and we as Christians will do many things that we are ashamed of. Nevertheless, the promise of God stands sure. We are his children by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Solomon was Beloved of the Lord
Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. Neh. 13:26
Solomon loved the Lord
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. 1 Kings 3:3
And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 1 Kings 3:7
In these two verses above, we see that the scripture records Solomon as loving the Lord HIS God. Scripture specifically says he loved the Lord, not that he thought he loved the Lord. It is the scriptures that declare his love for the Lord. This was said in spite of the fact that he burnt incense in high places to other gods and sacrificed to them. Scripture could not record the fact that he loved the Lord if that was not true. Solomon loved the Lord, but he had real problems also. Isn’t that the case with many Christians?
Solomon was the wisest man to ever live save Jesus Christ
Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 1 Kings 3:12
And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. 1 Kings 4:29
For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about. 1 Kings 4:31
God gave him a “wise and an understanding heart.” This is not the heart of a wicked man. That is the heart of a saved man. God gave him godly wisdom that excelled the wisdom of every man on earth. Solomon also said about this wisdom in Ecclesiastes: “For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.” Notice in that verse that God gives wisdom to a man that is “good in his sight.” Solomon was good in the sight of the Lord, and that proves he was a man of God.
And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart: 1 Kings 8:23
Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;) 1 Kings 8:39
King Solomon acknowledges God as the only God of this world and there is none like him. These are the actions of a saved man, not a wicked man.
Solomon had 700 wives and worshipped false gods
For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 1 Kings 11;4
Here we see that Solomon’s 1000 wives and concubines turned his heart from God even when he was old, yet scripture says he was a “holy man of God” according to 2 Peter 1:20-21 as we will see below in the next section. That is important because many teach that Solomon became a Christian late in life or that he repented late in life, and yet scriptures say he went after other gods when he was old. The fact that his heart was “turned away” indicates that his heart was with God at first.
Solomon wrote scripture
And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five. 1 Kings 4:32
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; Proverbs 1:1
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. Proverbs 10:1
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out. Proverbs 25:1
And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. Ecc. 12;9
The song of songs, which is Solomon’s. Song of Solomon 1;1
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem…I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. Â Ecclesiastes 1;1,12
All men who wrote scripture were holy according to the Bible
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:20-21
This is conclusive evidence that Solomon was saved, for the scriptures above tell us that it was HOLY MEN OF GOD that wrote the prophecies of scripture. Solomon wrote much of the book of Proverbs (see Proverbs 1:1 and 10:1). He wrote the whole book ofÂ Ecclesiastes (see Eccl 1:1) above, and some of the Psalms. He also wrote the entire book of the Song of Solomon, so Solomon wrote 3 books of scripture and parts of others. God did not have wicked men write the scriptures, even though some wicked men’s saying are in scripture. The author’s themselves were holy men of God and King Solomon was a holy man of God. Being such, he was saved. Holy men are saved.
Solomon acknowledged the word of God
The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. Ecc. 12;10
Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. 1 Kings 8:56
Here we see Solomon acknowledging the scriptures as the words of truth which is what saved men do. He that is of God heareth God’s words said Jesus in John 8.
Jesus praises Solomon
The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. Luke 11:31
Jesus compares himself to King Solomon, and says he is greater than Solomon. Jesus doesn’t compare himself to wicked men and say he is greater than them. That wouldn’t say much at all.
Based on these evidences, it cannot be denied that Solomon was a saved man of God despite his backslidden and rebellious ways.