Salvation is everything. It is the most important thing. Whether you are saved or not will determine where you spend eternity. It also determines how you will live your life here on earth. It determines whether you have any genuine hope or not. It determines whether we want truth or not. It gives us the ability to love one another. It changes us. Salvation is all about the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, God in the flesh, dying, and raising from the dead to save us from our sins and giving us eternal life. The offer of salvation is available to everyone, it is a free gift. All you have to do is take it. For God so loved the world.
We have a problem. All humans have the same problem. That problem is sin. It is the explanation for why we die, why the world is like it is, why there is death, pain, sorrow, sickness, sadness, suffering. Adam sinned in the garden of Eden. Mankind has been plunged into a history of sin and slavery to Satan. The Bible says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The Bible says there is none righteous, no not one. We have all broken God’s law, and we all stand guilty before God. Although God is love, God is first and foremost, holy. God’s perfect holiness demands payment and atonement for sin. Sin must be judged. Sin must be paid for. Sin must be cleansed. We cannot stand before God in our sin. We cannot approach him as sinners. God is the Creator and Judge of the world, and his judgements are true and righteous, and man cannot change, twist or pervert them. What He says goes. He has the authority, power and right to judge his creation.
The sentence for the sin of breaking God’s law is eternal death, in hell and then the lake of fire. When man sinned in the garden of Eden, man died spiritually. Satan became our master, our spiritual father. The Bible says we are dead in trespasses and sins, we are alienated from God by our sin, we are standing afar off because of our sin. We sin because we are sinners by nature. We cannot help it, we cannot but sin. Any and every person that is not saved has God’s wrath abiding on him/her. Anyone who is not saved goes to hell when they die. All lost people are one heartbeat away from that eternal, permanent reality. The message is as simple and blunt as that. There is nothing we can do about our condition ourselves, we are guilty sinners, helpless to save ourselves, just as the heavy axehead lay lost at the bottom of the murky, muddy Jordan river in Elisha’s day.
However, we have a Saviour, who can save us from the penalty, power and presence of sin. He can give us life, and give it more abundantly. God through his great love and mercy has provided a way out for us though his Son Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is our salvation. He is God’s provision for our sins. There is no salvation in any other. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, no man can come to the Father but by Him. The Bible declares Jesus to be God the Father’s only begotten Son, the perfect, sinless Son of God, the Lamb of God provided by God for us. As the Lamb of God, Jesus took the sins of the world on himself. God demands payment for sin, Jesus is our payment for our sins. We are redeemed through his blood, his perfect, sinless blood which was shed at Calvary for us. The Bible is clear that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. We can never be good enough to qualify for heaven of ourselves, we can never pay our sins, that’s why people who aren’t saved never get out of hell, it is an unplayable debt that we owe. Lost people bear the eternal wrath of God. The Bible asks, Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? Jesus said, Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. This needn’t be so. Jesus bore the wrath of God which should have been against us on the cross. Jesus died a sacrificial, substitutionary death on the cross for the sins of the whole world. If you believe in Jesus Christ as your substitute you will be saved. The gospel is a gospel of substitution, the innocent – Jesus, for the guilty – us.
Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will be saved. That is the gospel. Jesus died, was buried and arose for us. There is nothing we did or could do. We are saved by grace through faith. All he requires of us is to place our faith in him and he will save us. He will save anyone who calls upon him. Jesus said that anyone that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. Jesus said noone is able to pluck out of his hand. When we are saved, we are sealed, we have eternal security, we have eternal life. We can be saved and know it. We don’t need to live in doubt. Now are we the sons of God.
Jesus arose from the dead on the third day because it was not possible that death and hell could hold him. He was perfectly innocent. He did no evil, he did no wrong. He was seen, heard, physically touched after his resurrection. The Bible says that we have not followed cunningly devised fables. The Bible is our more sure word of prophecy. Don’t trust people, trust God. The Bible is a book that bears witness of Jesus Christ, from start to finish, Genesis to Revelation. Creation bears witness of him. Our conscience bears witness of him. The law bears witness of him. The prophets bear witness. The Bible says that Jesus lights every man that comes into the world. We are without excuse. The gospel is simple. Our only responsibility is to place our faith and trust in Him. Jesus is right now seated at the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us. He has promised to receive us to himself. He is also coming back to earth to reign, and as Job said, in the latter day he will stand upon the earth. Only then will the world experience true peace under the rule of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We will all ultimately stand before Christ. We can stand before him in very different settings – either saved or lost, cleared or guilty. The Bible says that Jesus separates the sheep from the goats. If you believe on Him you are not condemned, true believers have nothing to fear. You can believe right now, right where you are. Receive the free gift of eternal life if you want it, if you see a need for it. Only God can make you see the need to be saved. Job 35 says What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin? It is up to the Holy Spirit to work in each person’s heart individually, I cannot be saved for you, all I can do you is tell you what God says in his Word. All it takes is repentance and faith toward God. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. The Bible says now is the accepted time. Today is the day of salvation. Jesus said, Have faith in God.
Verses to read: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Ephesians 2:8,9, John 3:16, Titus 3:5-7
Chapters to read: Isaiah 53
Books to read: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Romans