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Salvation:  S - AL - T 

 

Sin

ALL HAVE SINNED

In Paul's letter to the Romans, he makes it clear that, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).  Very few of us would doubt the existence of sin; both within our own lives, and in the world at large.  "Who can say, 'I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?'" (Proverbs 20:9).  "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8).  "If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar  and  his  word  is  not  in  us" (1 John 1:10).

THE RESULT OF SIN


Death entered the world through sin.  It was not a part of God's original plan, and is identified in the Bible as an enemy.  "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).  "Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death" (James 1:15).  "But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness" (Romans 8:10).  Life is our natural state.  Though all of us have walked away from life (through our sins) Jesus paid the price for our sins by His death on the cross, so that all of us might have eternal life. 

However, the choice is ours.  We can continue to walk away from life, or we can turn, and embrace it.  To embrace life is to accept the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for our sins, so that after we die we might have eternal life in Heaven.  "Anyone who rejects the Son will not see life because God's wrath remains on him" (John 3:36).   "They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved" (2 Thessalonians 2:9-11).

CONCEALING YOUR SINS

Either denying, or seeking to conceal our sins, is a futile pursuit. "Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed" (John 3:20)."You say, ‘I am innocent; He is not angry with me.’  But I will pass judgment on you because you say, ‘I have not sinned’" (Jeremiah 16:17).  We might be able to hide our misdeeds from each other; but not from an all-knowing God.  "My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes" (Jeremiah 2:35).  "Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy" (Proverbs 28:13).  The proper response to sin is not to deny it, but to confess it to God, and receive a forgiveness that only He can give.

CONFESSING YOUR SINS

 

We can bring our sins before God, not with fear, but with confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the sacrifice that He made for our sins.  Make no mistake; Jesus is not only willing to forgive you, He is eager to forgive you.  "Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity.  I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.'  And you forgave the guilt of my sin" (Psalm 32:5).  "For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me" (Psalm 51:3).   "Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good" (Psalm 25:7).  "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).


JESUS SAVES US FROM SIN

A person has a lifetime to make a decision to serve Christ,  "Just as the Son of Man did not come  to  be served,  but  to  serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).  Since "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12) the words of the Lord Jesus Christ become critically important, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except  through  me" (John 14:6).  I have swept away your  offenses  like a  cloud, your sins are like the morning mist.  Return to me, for I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 44:22).

It's important to remember that since "Man is destined to die once and after that to face judgement" (Hebrews 9:27) there is no second chance.  God determines the times and the places for each of us to live so that all of us have an optimal chance to find salvation through Him.  "This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:3-5).  Those who make a decision to accept the free gift of salvation and "Enter through the narrow gate which leads to life" (Matthew 7:13-14) will spend eternity in Heaven.

 

Alones


BY GRACE ALONE

"To the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in  the  One  He  loved.  In Him we have  redemption  through  His blood  and  the  forgiveness  of  sins,  in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding" (Ephesians 1:6-8).  "In Him we have redemption through His blood, forgiveness of sin, in accordance with the riches of God's grace" (Ephesians 1:7). "For it is by grace you have been saved" (Ephesians 2:8) and are "freely justified"  (Romans 3:24). Paul warns the Galatians not to "set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained  through  the  law,  Christ died  for  nothing"  (Galatians 2:21). 

THOUGH FAITH ALONE

"For it is by grace you have been saved through faith

-- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).  "For in the Gospel, a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written:  'The righteousness will live by faith" (Romans 1:17).  "This righteousness comes through faith in Jesus Christ  to  all  you  believe" (Romans 3:22).Therefore, "a  man is justified  by faith apart from observing the law" (Romans 3:28).   Those  who  have been  justified  through  faith  in the Lord Jesus Christ, have  peace with God and will spend eternity with  their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. However, "Anyone who rejects the Son will not see life because God's wrath remains on him" (John 3:36).

IN CHRIST ALONE

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).  Therefore, "God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life" (1 John 5:11-12). "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believed in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).  God promises, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved'" (Romans 10:9).

 

Trust

The Bible makes it clear that God is trustworthy.  He can be trusted with our deepest hurts, our greatest trials, and our worst sins.  "Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge" (Proverbs 62:8). "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).  "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:18).

He can be trusted with our future.  "This God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end" (Psalm 48:14).  "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm  you, plans to give you hope and a future'" (Jeremiah 29:11).  "Put your trust in the Lord with all your heart  and lean not on your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5)."Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will  establish your plans" (Proverbs 16:3).

He can be trusted with our salvation.  As Jesus Himself said, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in" (Revelation 3:20).  "I tell you the truth; whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned: he has crossed over from death to life" (John 5:24).  "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand" (John 10:28).

By trusting Jesus for our salvation, we can be sure of celebrating an eternal life in Heaven.  Quoting Isaiah 64:4, the Apostle Paul reminds us, "'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived' [these are] the things God has prepared for those who love Him'" (1 Corinthians 2:9).  It's important to keep in mind that God does not see death as we do.  At the moment of death, He embraces the  believer, and rejoices at the glorious homecoming of a much- loved child.  "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." (Psalm 116:15).


It is this truth, hat should give each of us a Heavenly  perspective of both the fruitlessness of a life without God, "Mortals born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble. They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting  shadows, they do not endure"  (Job 14:1-2) and the confidence that our, "Momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

 

 

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