John 5:34 – But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
John 20:31 – But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Hello readers, short blog today. Jesus said he said the things he said that we might be saved. And in this blog, we will see that God’s word was given to humanity, from start to finish, that we might be saved. God has communicated to us that we might be saved. He’s made his word known to us, God has spoken throughout history, in different ways at different times as Hebrew 1 says, and he has spoken so that we might know things, that we might know his will, that we might know what he requires of us so that we can have life, a life that matters, and be ready and prepared against the future … and what he requires of us is that we believe him, that we might be saved. If we ever miss this basic fundamental reason why God has said what he has said, and done what he has done… we need to get back to the simplicity of Christ… that we might be saved. Salvation is so simple, the Bible says God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The message of the gospel is so simple. We have sinned, we disobeyed God and disobey God… and sin is against God, it is against who God is and what God says, and sin requires judgement and God’s wrath. You see, God is Holy, Holy, Holy above all else, and sin separates us from him, and sin demands judgement. We are all sinners by birth and by nature, and we are guilty and thus under the wrath of God. So while we are in a sin cursed state that means the wrath of God abides upon us… at the same time God loved us so much that he has made a way to deal with sin. He sent his Son, who was perfect and sinless, who offered himself as a sacrifice for sin. What does this mean? It means that God placed the wrath and judgement we deserve, and what we will assuredly receive… on Jesus Christ. God poured out his wrath against sin upon Jesus Christ. So Jesus took our place voluntarily, so we could be saved. Jesus not only said that he said what he said that we might be saved, but he also DID what he DID that we might be saved. And God placed the judgement against us on Jesus Christ. It enables us to go free if we believe on him and take ownership of that truth for ourselves, Jesus died for … me. And Jesus’ sacrifice satisfied the righteous, just judgement of God, because he was perfect, sinless, the lamb of God, whom God was well pleased in, whom God accepted, on whom death (the penalty for sin) and hell (the place that we arrive at at the end of our Christ rejecting lives) had no power. Jesus rose from the dead, and is alive forevermore, and extends forgiveness and eternal life to all whom will simply take him at his word, who will believe the report of God to us. Thus all he requires of us is to believe on him, and take ownership of the fact by faith that he died for you personally. Just believe in him, who he is and what he has done.
It is important to keep it in context why the Bible says what it says, for us to look at what motivates us, and to look at the motives in others. When you share God’s word with people, they take offense to it, they think you’re against them, but really if you share the truth of God’s word in charity with them, unfeigned and straight as God’s word is, you really are saying it not to destroy them, but so that they might be saved. The church has lost it’s way, they have stopped preaching the word of God that people might be saved. Why did Jesus use the word “saved”? Because that would indicate that there is a peril that mankind is in. Saved from what? Jesus came to save us from our sins. The penalty, the power and the presence of sin. From hell, because hell is at the end of the line for all Christ rejecting humanity. And what is sin? Sin is the transgression of the law, until someone realizes they’ve broken the law of God, broken his commandments, transgressed against his word, his purity, his holiness, they won’t see they need saving. Until they see how bad sin is, how harmful, how dirty, how low down, how wicked it is, they won’t yet see a reason to be saved. That is why it is important to preach and hear the whole counsel of God, all that God’s word teaches. The Holy Spirit convicts a lost, dying world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement. Why? Is it because God hates them? No, because God loves them, and love tells the truth.
This blog had quite a simple thought, but I believe according to God’s word, we need to get back to and make sure our perspective is right. Remember the church of Sardis in Revelation… thou hast a name that thou livest, but art dead. They thought they were going alright, or at least had everyone else fooled, yet they were totally out of the will of God, they weren’t doing the work of Christ. It is so easy to lose perspective, to lose that circumspect vision that a believer should have in judgement, and truth, and wisdom. It is so important to get in line with God’s word, and make sure we are abiding in him, both spiritually and practically in our day to day lives. Satan wants to shipwreck us, to make us swerve, to turn us to the left or the right, he wants to conquer us, derail us, make us waste out in the wilderness, to deceive us and use us to deceive others. David said to God, search me, try me, we have to submit our lives and will and ways to God. Jonah had it wrong, he preached God’s word hoping to see Nineveh get what they deserved. But they repented, and God spared them. Because God firstly says what he says so that we might be saved. And we ought to be the same. The world will still think God’s word is against them, but God is the one who is truly for us. He knows how lost we are, how wicked we are, how dead we are, he wants to forgive us, and save us, to give us life, abundant life, eternal life. His commandments are not grievous. Jesus said, my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Jesus came to save us, he said the things he did, he did the things he did, so that we might be saved, and we should never lose the perspective and reality of that both for ourselves and towards others.
Luke 9:52 – And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.
Luke 9:53 – And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
Luke 9:54 – And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
Luke 9:55 – But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
Luke 9:56 – For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.