I’ve been reading and thinking quite a bit lately about the single most important “thing” in this life,and most certainly the life to come. This “thing”,for lack of a better term, is “Salvation”.
“Salvation”. No matter how you describe what happens at the end of this life,every Christian has this hope within them that by the grace of God they will be…
Call it by whatever name you, your church, or your denomination calls it. The meaning is still the same.
Abiding within the Christian is a promise from God who cannot lie that we are going to be saved.Awaiting us is a new home in Glory,and an eternity that will be spent in His presence. Never again will our bodies suffer disease.Pain will be a thing of a past that we will no longer remember.
For the rest of eternity we will never know the heartbreak of a loved one going on before us. Every tear shall be wiped away,for in that place of eternal joy there will never be another tear of sadness or grief shed.
Sounds great,doesn’t it? So how do I get this Salvation?
Well, it cannot be earned or bought with money. You can never do enough good deeds to receive it. No one else can get it for you. It’s something that millions,perhaps billions have attempted to gain but in spite of their best efforts to buy it,earn it,or steal it have fallen short of the mark.
No friends,this Salvation is made possible because of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice on the Cross. In other words,the price has already been paid.Now if that isn’t the best news you’ve ever heard!!!!
So how can you know that this is real and not some made up tale from long ago? How about we search the scriptures for some proof?
The apostle Peter delivered quite a message to the chief priests,rulers,and scribes the day after he and his fellow disciples had been imprisoned for teaching the people about Jesus. In this message,which I have included below, Peter spells it out very plainly in whose name comes this salvation I am speaking about.
1:And as they spoke to the people, the priests, and the temple commander, and the Sadducees came on them,
2: being grieved that they taught the people, even to announce through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3: And they laid hands on them and put them under guard until the next day, for it was already evening.
4: But many of those who heard the Word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
5: And it happened on the next day that their rulers and elders and scribes, gathered to Jerusalem,
6: and Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest.
7: And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name have you done this?
8: Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, Rulers of the people and elders of Israel,
9: if we are examined today on a good work for an infirm man, by what this one has been healed,
10: be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in this name does this man stand before you whole.
11: This is the Stone which you builders have counted worthless, and He has become the Head of the Corner.
12: And there is salvation in no other One; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Emphasis mine
Well there you have it friends. Salvation comes from Christ and Christ alone. No other name that has ever been spoken can save you except Jesus Christ. Praying to or calling upon any other is futile.
Christ, and Christ alone…..
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.