SALVATION

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SALVATION
(Jesus saves from what and from who?)
Jesus is the most important figure in all of human history.  He is God in flesh (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9), physically risen from the dead, Lord (Luke 24:34; John 2:19-21) and Savior (Acts 5:30-32).  He came to die for sinners (Rom. 5:8) to deliver people from the righteous wrath of God upon us.

Law – Are you a sinner?

I ask you, are you a sinner?  Have you ever lied, stolen, lusted, coveted, or been angry with someone unjustly?  If you’ve lied, then you’re a liar.  If you’ve stolen, then you are a thief.  You’ve broken the Law of God.  God has said “You shall not steal; You shall not lie; You shall have no other gods before Me; You shall not murder, etc.,” (Exodus 20:1-17).  He has given the standard of righteousness and if you have broken any of God’s commandments then you have fallen short of that standard and are under the inevitable judgment of God (1 John 3:4; Isaiah 59:2; Rom. 6:23).  When you die, you will face Him and on the Day of Judgment he will deliver the proper judgment to all people.  He must because he is righteous and holy.

If you do not like this teaching, then throw away your Bible and turn away from Christ, for this is the message of God’s word — that Jesus came to die for sinners and to save them from the wrath to come.

Jesus is the One you need.  You need him alone.  Your works won’t help you (Rom. 3:10-12; Isaiah 64:6), nor will your sincerity.  You can never be good enough and you have nothing to offer God except your sinfulness.  It is only by the love and grace of God found in Jesus and His sacrifice that you can be delivered from the righteous wrath of God upon all who have broken His law.  Jesus saves you from God.  Jesus saves you from God’s righteous judgment.

The Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23).  That means that your sins have caused a separation between you and God (Isaiah 59:2) and the result is death (Rom. 6:23) and wrath (Eph. 2:3).  The only way to be saved from the wrath of God, is to be saved from it by faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 5:1).  You must trust in what Jesus did on the cross to forgive you of your sins and not trust anything else, not even your own sincerity or works.  It is Jesus and only Jesus who can turn away the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner.

 

Gospel – the means of deliverance from God’s Law

The gospel is historical event where Jesus died for sinners on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4).  His death was a sacrifice that turns away the wrath of God (1 John 2:2).  This is the only way to be saved from God’s righteous judgment upon those who have sinned by breaking his Law.

Jesus is the one who died for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2).  He is the only way to God the Father (John 14;6).  He alone reveals God (Matt. 11:27).  He has all authority in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18).  It is only through Him that you can be saved from God’s wrath (Eph. 2:3).  He can forgive you of your sin (Luke 5:20; Matt. 9:-1-8).  He can remove the guilt that is upon your soul.  Jesus can set you free from the bondage of sin that blinds your eyes, weakens your soul, and brings you to despair.  He can do this because He bore sin in His body on the cross (1 Peter. 2:24) so that those who trust in Him would be saved.

If you are not a Christian, and want to be delivered from the righteous judgment of God, then come to the One who died for the sins of the world.  Come to the One who died for sinners (Matt. 11:28).  Believe and trust in Jesus. Receive Jesus, who is God in flesh (John 1:1,14), who died and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4) as your Lord and Savior. Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins (John 14:14; Matt. 9:1-8).  Receive Christ (John 1:12) and the sacrifice he made on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24). Turn from your sins (Acts 3:19).  Only He can wash you clean from your sins and only Jesus can deliver you from the future judgment of a holy and infinite God. 

Pray to Jesus. 

Seek Him. 

Ask Him to save you.

 

He will.

Praying to Jesus is biblical (Psalm 116:4; 1 Cor. 1:2; John 14:14).  Here is a sample prayer you can offer to Jesus.  Saying it doesn’t make you saved.  It isn’t a “magic prayer formula”.  But if you honestly seek God in Christ, then it is because God is working in you (John 6:44,65).  Seek Christ. 

Lord Jesus, I know that you are God in flesh and that you died to save sinners.  I have sinned against you.  I know that I am not perfect and that I cannot please you through my own efforts.  I know that I have broken your Law and deserve to be judged according to your Law.  And, I know that I have nothing to offer you.

Lord Jesus, I ask you to forgive me of my sins.  I trust you and your sacrifice on the cross to cleanse me and make me right before you.  I trust in what you have done on the cross.  I do not rely on myself but only on you and I receive you as Lord of my life and as savior of my soul.  Lord Jesus, save me.  I look to you alone.

By praying this prayer, confessing your sins, and receiving Jesus Christ into your heart, God has given you the right to become His forgiven child. The Bible gives you this assurance: “But as many as received him, to them he gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on his name” —John 1:12.

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