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Are You Saved?
What is Salvation?
Matthew says in chapter 1 verse 21,
"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."
The word of God, which is found in the Holy Bible tells us that salvation is being saved from our sins. Salvation is the forgiveness of our sin through the redemption that is in Christ, and it is also the fact that God has given us the opportunity to overcome sin, through Jesus Christ. We must beware of people who try to tell us that salvation is something else. Even if they have good intentions they could be leading us astray. Let God reveal what Salvation is, through The Word.Throughout the scripture salvation is explained as a two step process.
(Part 1) For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son,
(Part 2) how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!
(Part 1) He was delivered over to death for our sins
(Part 2) and was raised to life for our justification.
Paul states we are reconciled by Christ' death but continues with "much more" indicating that salvation is not complete in this alone Paul continues, much more we will be saved through His life. The bible states in many other places salvation is the power of God in our life sanctifying us for His purposes. Romans 1:16, John 15:1, Titus 3:5, Phillipians 3:8.
"To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me."
(Part 1) Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.
(Part 2) And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore these two parts(reconciliation and sanctification) together allow for our salvation and are also accomplished by the grace of God. However this salvation allows the believer to overcome sin by being empowered by God. Salvation is a life long relationship with Jesus and continues throughout our life and we should look to Him for truth, for mercy and for guidance as the scripture tells us.
"Seeing we also are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith."(have you let someone convince you that your salvation is complete? Be freed from this trap, just open you mind to His word.)
Paul says in Romans chapter 6 verse 22 and 23,
"But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
The gift of God is, being set free from sin, if we continue in sin then death and judgment are the result.
Read the word and see that this is the truth. In the same chapter Paul clearly informs us,
Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
For those who say this message discredits the cross on the contrary this message reveals the true power of the cross. the truth that God has given us the power to overcome sin.
Jesus says in the Gospel of John chapter 8 verse 21,
Then Jesus said to them again, "I am going away and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come."
Some people want us to believe that salvation is being set free from the penalty of sin, without being set free from sin itself. Being freed from the penalty of sin is the result of being freed from sin.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:17,
"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law and the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
If Jesus paid the penalty for our sin, we wouldn't have to worry about sinning, because Jesus paid the price for us, which is what some people mistakenly believe. That would be destroying the law and the Prophets. The Prophets said don't sin or stop sinning, the Law was about living without sinning. Jesus' death on the cross is an atonement for sin. This atonement reconciles us with God and is the beginning of our relationship with God not the completion of it. Jesus was sent by God to give us the opportunity to overcome sin, He didn't come so people could go on sinning and not have to worry about it. He died on the cross for us, to release us from the power of darkness.
Listen to the Word, Titus 3:11&12,
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live righteously, and godly in the present age.
And 1st. John 3:9,
"Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God."
Salvation again is being saved from our sin. How can we say then that we are saved? That statement is not really understood. Salvation is not something that happens in a moment in time. It continues on, our salvation that is, for as long as we do. So, if someone convinces you that you are saved, they have discontinued Gods work in your life because you think your salvation is complete. Being saved means we are no longer serving sin, but that we are serving God.
And that question we need to ask ourselves every day.
Paul makes it very clear in 2 Cor. 13:5,
"Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Prove yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Christ is in you?-unless indeed you are disqualified."
Jesus says in Matthew 10:22,
"And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved."
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