Salvation for Man
About Godís Only Means of
No work of man can save himself from
his sins. Neither water baptism, repentance of sin, receiving the Holy Spirit or
speaking in tongues can save a person from their sin. Only Godís initiated work
of salvation for man through the death and shed blood of His only Son Jesus
Christ on the cross can save and cleanse man from his sins. Salvation is not a
religious act, Salvation is a Person: the person of Jesus Christ (1 John
5:11-12, Col 1:27, 2 Cor 13:5). Jesus died on the
cross for our sins so that we would repent of our sins and return to Him for the
created purpose and plan that He has for each of us individually (Eph 2:8-10).
Therefore It is necessary for
a person to confess and repent of their sins in order to receive Jesusí free
gift of salvation for them, for Jesus taught that only a person who confesses
and repents of their sins is interested in His salvation and purpose for them (John 3:19-21). A person who
does not acknowledge and repent of their sins does not turn to the light lest
their deeds should be exposed. They run from the Light:
(John 8:12, 9:5). That is why God sent
John the Baptist first to call the people to repent of their sins so that they
would turn to and receive Jesus Christ when He appeared publically before them.
This is why preaching repentance of sins is so important in our salvation
message in calling men and women to salvation in Jesus Christ. However, while
Jesus died on the cross so that we would repent and return to Him, confessing and repenting of oneís sins
by itself will not save us.
Once a person has confessed and repented of their sins, the only way they can
gain Godís salvation and forgiveness for those sins is by receiving
free gift of salvation for their sins through the death and shed blood of Jesus
Christ on the cross. Godís salvation for us through the death and shed blood of
Jesus Christ on the cross is received by faith and by faith alone. Godís gift of
through the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross is
free gift of God
and this gift of God is
Jesus Christ Himself. We receive this
free gift of Godís salvation for us by receiving Jesus Christ Himself by faith
into our heart as Savior from our sins and as Lord of our lives (John 1:12, Rom
10:9-10, Col 1:27, 1 John 5:11-13).
There is no
other way to God or Heaven except through Jesus Christ.
In order to be saved and go to heaven we must receive by faith Jesus Christ of
Nazareth into our hearts as Savior from our sins and as Lord of our lives. When
we come to God by faith through Jesusí death and shed blood for our sins on the
cross, God then automatically forgives our sins and automatically gives us His
Holy Spirit as a result (Acts 10:43-44 & Eph 1:13-14) and the Lord becomes one
spirit with our spirit (1 Cor 6:17). This then means that whatever is true for
Jesus is now true for us also
because we are now one spirit with Him (Col 3:1-3). This means that His
death becomes our death for our sins and His resurrection to life eternal
becomes our resurrection to life eternal, never to die again.
Jesus said about Salvation: "With men this is impossible, but
with God all things are possible." (Matt 19:26, Mark 10:25-27, Luke 18:25-27).
So if you think there is some work that you can do to save you from hell,
abandon it, know that it will not. The reason why man cannot save himself is
because manís attempt at salvation begins from self, his soul, and through his
intellect. This is what caused the problem in the first place: self initiative
and reasoning of the soul, not Godís initiative. The Second reason is because
man is not dealing with his root problem, his dead human spirit and his bondage
to a corrupted soul and flesh. Instead he is focusing on his behavior: what he
does or does not do. What he does or does not do will not bring his human spirit
back to life and back into relationship with God.
Let us show the arrogance of self attempts of salvation:
first, man separated himself from God by rejecting His will and order for man:
receive from the Holy Spirit through manís human spirit, then decide with the
soul to respond to Godís will and then carry out that will through his physical
body. Man chose instead to allow himself to be ruled by himself through his
soul: his intellect and feelings, and by his flesh: his appetites and desires.
Now man even rejects Godís initiated means of salvation for him through His Only
Son Jesus Christ and tells God that he will save himself again through his
intellect and feelings, his soul. This is why God tells us through Isaiah 64:6
that all our righteous deeds are as filthy garments in His sight because they
are motivated and controlled through manís soul, not by the Holy Spirit through
manís human spirit.
Manís need in salvation is to be delivered and saved from self,
our soul, because self rule and initiative are the problem in the first place.
Manís problem is not his behavior, his sin either but what sin did to man. Sin
corrupted man and brought man into bondage to himself, his soul and flesh. No
amount of religious activity will deliver man from the bondage to himself
because man himself is the problem. Anything man tries to do for salvation
initiates from his soul, from himself and is not the solution because nothing
man can do can bring his spirit back to life and back into relationship with
God. The soul has no power to create life or make anything alive. Jesus said in
John 6:63, "The Spirit creates-life, the flesh profits nothing."
Man trying to save himself is like trying to combat cancer
with cancer or fire with gasoline. Man only ends up with more cancer and a
bigger fire. Man got himself in trouble in the first place because he acted
without Godís initiative first.
Another reason why man cannot save himself is because manís
salvation is selective. He saves only what he wants to save and leaves the rest
of the garbage. This is why religion cannot save man. There is nothing man can
do to save himself because his behavior is not the problem, he is.
The cancer is man himself, not some tumor in man that can be taken out through
some religious activity. Man himself is the problem. Man himself is the tumor.
He does not just need deliverance from his sins, he needs deliverance from
himself. For this reason, If man is to have any hope of salvation from the
problem, himself, God himself will have to initiate the solution.
In the beginning sin was the problem because Adam and Eveís
sin was turning from Godís rule to self-rule. Therefore, dealing now just with
sin does not solve the problem. We are responsible for our sin, but sin now is
not manís problem, but the symptom of his problem which is man himself. We do
not just need deliverance from sin but from self. We need to be born fresh from
above, recreated in Godís image and moral righteousness. This is what Jesus told
Nicodemus the Jewish Rabbi, "Truly, truly, I say to You , unless one receives
birth404 from-above405, he cannot see the kingdom of God"
(John 3:3). Jesus did not say, "Unless you get all your sin out of your life,
change your behavior and live a perfectly holy life, you cannot enter the
kingdom of God." No, Jesus did not say this. We must repent of our sin to
receive Jesusí salvation for our sins (John 3:19-21), but Jesus knew that manís
problem was not his sin, his behavior. He knew that manís problem was himself
and that no amount of right behavior would change what man is. Therefore, Jesus
said to Nicodemus that in order for him to enter the kingdom of God that he had
to receive birth from above and be recreated new and fresh into the image and
likeness of God.
Nicodemus then asked Jesus how it was possible to enter his
motherís womb a second time to be born? This would not solve the problem. Jesus
explains why in John 3:6, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that
which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Jesus explains to Nicodemus that the
reason why he cannot enter the kingdom of God as he is, is because he was born
of the flesh in the first place which means he was devoid of spirit, dead
spiritually and without ability to have relationship with God. Therefore being
born of the flesh a second time would not solve the problem either (which is the
meaning of Jesus statement in John 3:5 "unless one is born of water. . ." Often
times this is used to say that we are saved by water baptism, but that is not
the meaning of this phrase in context. Jesus explains its meaning in 3:6:
physical birth) because it would produce the same results: physically and
soulishly alive but spiritually dead. This is also why reincarnation would never
solve manís problems because even if man was born into this world a million
times, he still would only be physically and soulishly alive but spiritually
dead. Jesus then explained to Nicodemus that he had to receive birth from above
through the Holy Spirit of God because only then would he have a living human
spirit and be one again with Godís Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:17) and thus have
communion and relationship with God again.
How then is one born again by the Holy Spirit of God? It
first started with God, that is God the Son, becoming a man Himself. How did
Jesus Christ become man? Through Holy Spirit conception of the Virgin Mary. Why
did Jesus need to be conceived of by the Holy Spirit rather than through manís
seed? Man lost his salvation because he broke away from Godís order for him
which was to only act out of Godís initiative by the Holy Spirit through his
human spirit and instead acted out of the initiative of
his reasoning and thoughts, his soul. Therefore, manís seed by manís initiative
will not solve the problem. Manís seed only produces men devoid of spirit. To
solve manís need of salvation it requires reversing the order by getting back to
Godís order: spirit, soul, then body. Therefore the first step had to be Holy
Spirit conception of Jesus if He was to have a living human spirit and thus a
relationship with God the Father to start with. Jesus said about His life as a
man on earth:
"It is the Spirit who creates-life,406 the flesh
profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and are life."
"Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, ĎTruly,
truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something
He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son
also does in like manner.í" (John 5:19)
Also required was the life of God, eternal life, if we were
to be truly saved and have eternal life ourselves. The Bible states in 1 Timothy
6:13, & 16 "I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things. .
. . who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light."
Only God possesses immortality, therefore Jesus had to be fully God as well as
fully normal man as God intended for man to be in order to save us. I will
explain this in greater detail later.
All men conceived of by men are descendants of Adam and
devoid of spirit at birth. In order for Jesus to carry out the Holy Spiritís
instructions for attaining our salvation, He had to have a living human spirit
in union with the Holy Spirit to receive those instructions. This was acheived
through Holy Spirit conception of Jesus through the virgin Mary.
All men were in the loins of Adam when Adam sinned and so all
men suffered the same fate as Adam who had not sinned in the likeness of Adam.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5:12-14,
"Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the
world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all
sinnedófor until the Law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there
is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who
had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam."
The Bible defines death as being separated from God
which is what is meant by man having a dead spirit. The purpose of manís spirit
is for communicating with and having a relationship with God. Man still has a
human spirit, but his human spirit is dead meaning that its intended function is
no longer in operation: he is no longer able through his human spirit to
communicate with or have a relationship with God. The sin of Adam and Eve
severed this function.
To correct this, First, Jesus had to be born of the
conception of the Holy Spirit so that He did not carry the consequence of
original sin that is on all descendants of Adam: a dead human spirit. This meant
that Jesus, when born, was like Adam at his creation. This means Jesus had
complete communion and union with God in His human spirit in the moral
righteousness and likeness of God.
The second step to our receiving birth from above was God
dealing with the penalty of our sin, that which killed our spirits and severed
us from God in the first place. The Bible teaches us about the wages of sin:
"The wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23). Paul explains what the Bible means
by death in 2 Thessalonians 1:9, "And these will pay the penalty of eternal
destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His
power." Death means to be devoid of spirit, separated from God and without the
ability to have relationship with God.
Even though our problem is primarily self, God still has to
judge our sins if we are to be able to receive birth from above and be recreated
in His image, and come back into relationship with God. Our sin is what
separated us from God in the first place. It is what destroyed His image in us.
Therefore the penalty of our sins has to be paid for first before we can be
recreated back into Godís image and thus be able to have relationship with Him
again. Therefore, the second step to receiving birth from above is God in the
person of Jesus Christ paying sinís penalty of death for us on the cross. The
Apostle Paul tells us about Jesusí death for our sins:
"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we
might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Cor 5:21)
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been
justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."
Therefore, the second step of our receiving birth from above
is to repent of our sins (Luke 24:46-47) and then abandoning all efforts and
works of the flesh to save us from the penalty of sin, death, and then putting
our trust in Godís work of salvation for us, through the death and shed blood of
Jesus Christ on the Cross, alone. The Apostle Paul wrote, "By the works of the
Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the
knowledge of sin." (Rom 3:20). Nothing of the flesh can appease God or please
God because it is of the flesh, not of His Holy Spirit. Only what is initiated
by the Holy Spirit will please God. Works for salvation are works of the flesh.
Paul wrote about the works of the flesh in Romans 8:6-8,
"For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on
the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile
toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even
able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God."
To be in the flesh simply means to look to self-effort to
bring about salvation and solution to oneís problems and needs. Godís order for
us is by His Spirit: "ĎNot by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,í says
Yehovah of hosts." (Malachi 4:6). Paul tells us plainly that anything which
originates from the flesh cannot please or appease God. It doesnít appease God
for a second reason: The soul and flesh have no ability to create life. No
matter what we try to endure to pay for our sins it will not bring our human
spirit back to life or re-create our soul and flesh anew from a sinful
propensity to complete submission to Godís Holy Spirit through our human spirit.
God by His initiative sent Jesus to die on the cross for our
sins and the only thing that will turn His wrath away from our sins is our
accepting only His remedy and work of salvation for our sins: His Sonís
death and shed blood on the cross. It means we must come naked, meaning
no reliance on any works of ours, before the cross and rely only on the work of
the cross alone: Godís work. We must say to God:
Heavenly Father, I come to You for the forgiveness of my sins
through Your Son Jesus Christís death and shed blood on the cross and that alone
to save me, not by any works of mine.
We then by faith, not feelings (an organ of the soul), must
accept Godís forgiveness and that He does forgive us because He gave us His
proof that He does when He brought Jesus Christ back from the dead. This is what
Paul means when he says in Romans 10:9-10
"That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and
believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for
with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he
confesses, resulting in salvation."
Paul explains in Romans 4:25 what it means to believe that
God raised Jesus from the dead: "He who was delivered up because of our
transgressions, and was raised because of our justification." How do we know
that God accepts Jesusí death for our sins in our place? Because He gave us
absolute proof that He does by bringing Jesus back from the dead. That is the
significance of the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ: God proving to us He
accepts Jesusí death in our place for our sins. This is what it means when you
say "God I believe You raised Jesus from the dead." You are telling God that by
His bringing Jesus back from the dead you know He accepts Jesusí death for Your
sins in your place.
The third step to being bornagain, receiving birth from
above, is to then enter back into relationship with God by receiving His Son
Jesus Christ into your heart as Savior from your sins and as Lord of your life
by faith. Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will
dine with him, and he with Me."
By Faith, I do not mean blind faith, meaning
faith without proof or verification, I mean knowing that once you ask Jesus to
come into your heart as Savior from your sins and as Lord of your life, that He
does come in and save you, not as a feeling, but because He gave you absolute
proof that He will do what He promised when He came back physically from the
dead. And what did Jesusí promise? That He will come into your heart when
you ask Him to. The Apostle John and Luke the Physician record about the
significance of Jesusí Physical Resurrection,
"When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples
remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the word
which Jesus had spoken." (John 2:22)
"To these He also presented Himself alive, after His
suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty
days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God." (Acts 1:3)
The Apostle Paul wrote about our faith and salvation in 2
Corinthians 13:5 and Colossians 1:27,
"Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine
yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus
Christ is in youóunless indeed you fail the test?"
"To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the
glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope
The Apostle John tells us that God the Father testifies about
what determines whether or not we have eternal life, Zoe390 life,
spiritual life and will go to heaven in 1 John 5:11-12,
"And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life,
and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life [Zoe, spiritual
life]; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life."
God the Father tells us plainly that the only thing which
determines whether we have eternal life and will go to heaven is by whether we
have His Son Jesus Christ living in us. The significance of this is that to have
Jesus Christ living in us is to have the very life of God living in us. Jesus
said He IS Life (John 14:6). Jesusí, Godís, life is eternal,
indestructible. To have Jesus living in You is to have eternal life,
indestructible life, living in You, the very life of God; therefore, to have
eternal life yourself. The writer of Hebrews tells us about the life of Jesus:
"Who has become [our Final & Only High Priest] such not on
the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of a
life indestructible407. . . . But He, on the other hand,
because He abides forever, holds His priesthood permanently.
Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him,
since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Heb 7:16,
The writer of Hebrews tells us that once we receive Jesus
Christ we have eternal life forever because Jesus will never die and lives
forever in us and as our High Priest before the Father to make intercession to
Him that He has saved us forever.
When we unite ourselves with Jesus, the reason His death and
resurrected life become ours is for the same reason that the results of Adamís
sin became ours. It is because once we unite ourselves with Jesus, whatever is
His is now ours; thus His death becomes our death and our sins become paid for
through Jesusí death through our uniting with Him. This also explains why,
though Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, His death does not become
death for our sins until after we unite ourselves with Him by receiving Him into
our heart as Savior and Lord.408/66 What this means is that just
having an intellectual knowledge about what Jesus did for us does not save us.
We must receive what Jesus did for us on the cross by receiving Jesus Himself
into our heart before we are saved and receive His indestructible life.
What does this have to do with receiving birth from above and
a new recreated living human spirit? The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians
"Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new
creation;409 the old things passed away; behold, new things
When we receive Jesus Christ as savior from our sins and as
Lord of our lives, God through The Prophet Ezekiel tells us the following takes
"Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put
a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from
your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within
you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to
observe My ordinances." (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
When we receive Jesus Christ into our hearts we receive birth
from above and the following happens:
We receive Jesusí eternal indestructible life and thus
eternal life ourselves.
We are united with His death and thus his death pays the
penalty of all our sins past present and future never needing to be paid
Our spirits are recreated and made alive once again, we
receive birth from above.
Our hearts, our wills, our souls are freed from the
bondage of sin and recreated to respond in obedience to the dictates of the
Holy Spirit through our human spirit.
We have the moral righteous image of God restored in
Our spirits are joined with the Holy Spirit and made one
spirit with Him.
And as a result we enter back into unhindered communion
and relationship with God.
Unfortunately, this birth from above on this side of heaven
only takes place in our spirits. The full redemption of our soul and flesh does
not take place until the resurrection. This is the reason why that even though
our spirit is made alive with God Himself and His moral righteous nature, yet we
still have conflict with sin so that Paul tells us in Galatians 5:16-17
"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out
the desire of the flesh. For the flesh with-strong-passion-fights410
against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in
opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please."
The word in the Greek for with-strong-passion-fights,
(epithumeo), is a compound word meaning literally with authority and
strong passion to rush against.410 In other words, a violent
conflict between the flesh and the Holy Spirit.
On this side of heaven we are saved positionally
in Christ. What this means is that in Godís eyes we are cleansed of our sins
past, present and future (Heb 10:12, 14); therefore, there is no barrier between
us and God. As a result we have free access to Godís throne and to God through
our human spirit. He also relates to us as if we are as holy and as righteous as
his Son even though we ourselves continue to have conflict with sin in our soul
and body. Paul put it this way in Romans 7:24-25 and 8:1
"Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body
of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the
one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with
my flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who
are in Christ Jesus."
In this passage, first, Paul tells us that with his mind he
agrees with Godís moral law that it is true and righteous; but, second, that
with his body, even though he is saved, whether he wants to or not, he still
struggles with sin and even serves sin; but, third, that even though on this
side of heaven he does not have complete continuous experiential deliverance
from the power of sin over his soul and flesh, yet positionally in Christ in his
relationship with God he is accepted without condemnation through Jesus Christ.
This is the life and conflict of the born again Christian on this side of
When you receive Jesus into your heart as Savior and Lord,
you instantly receive birth from above and your spirit is recreated alive, but
on this side of heaven it only takes place in your human spirit, not in your
soul and body. Our new created spirit, unlike our sinful soul and flesh, is
identical to Jesusí moral nature and wills to do what God wants. But Paul gives us a
further promise about the completion of being recreated in Godís image. He
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trumpet; for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this
mortal must put on immortality." (1 Cor 15:51-53).
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly
wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our
humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion
of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself." (Phil
Paul further explains about this resurrected body in 1
"It is sown a body motivated-and-controlled-by-the-soul359,
it is raised a body motivated-and-controlled-by-the-spirit367. If
there is a soulish body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written,
ĎThe first man, Adam, became a living soul.í The last Adam became a life-giving
spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the soulish; then the
When God created us, He created us to be motivated and
controlled by the spirit. It is through our spirits that we have relationship
with God and receive from God His will and desire. We then with our souls decide
whether to carry out that will or not through our bodies. In our present form
the spirit has no access to the body. Our spirit cannot make our body do
anything. Only the soul has control over our bodies. This is what is meant by it
being sown a body motivated and controlled by the soul. In the
resurrection, however, it is raised a body that is motivated and controlled
by the spirit. This means that in the resurrection the spirit does have
access to the body and can control the actions and behavior of the body. Our
bodies in the resurrection will also be immortal. They will not be able to die
and cannot die. They are sustained by the power of God through the Holy Spirit
through our human spirits. The eating of food in heaven will be for pleasure,
not for sustaining physical life. Finally, the kingdom of God is in the
spiritual realm. This present body was made for the physical realm and is not
able to relate to or function in the spiritual realm. Our recreated spiritual
bodies are physical bodies but they are created to operate primarily in the
spiritual realm, though they are able to function in the physical realm as well.
In heaven we are not only freed from the penalty of sin and
the presence of sin, but the will to sin which was the nature of our old sinful
soul and flesh. In heaven you do not sin and you have no desire to sin. Heaven
is the absence of sin. Heaven is "righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy
Spirit." Godís nature is love, joy and peace continuously all the time. Because
we will be one with Him in heaven forever, we
will forever experience love, joy and peace. Heaven is perfect sweet communion
with God because there is nothing corrupt in us to hinder our communion with
God. In Heaven it is impossible for us to sin because we are born again into a
nature that is identical to Jesusí nature which is without sin and cannot sin
forever. The Apostle John wrote in 1 John 3:9,
"Everyone who is born of God does not sin, because His seed
abides in him; and he is not able to sin, because he has been born of God."
God created man to be both a physical and spiritual being,
therefore the resurrection is the completion of this new birth; it is God
rebirthing and recreating completely different and new our physical natures to
be in complete union and harmony with our rebirthed newly
created spiritual natures. The reason for the physical resurrection is because
it is through our physical body that we give expression of our soul-life.
Hell is just the opposite. The bodies of souls in hell will
also eventually be raised, but only to be cast into the eternal lake of fire
where all opportunity and possibility of giving expression of oneís soul-life,
talents and gifts are forever brought to a complete and total absolute
standstill. That is what makes Hell, hell. But for those who are
redeemed, until the resurrection, while still in the flesh, meaning in the
presence of our old soul and flesh completely in bondage to sin, we will
continue to sin and have battle with sin.
Only a born again Christian can understand this conflict.
When you are born again and your relationship with God is restored, you
experience the peace and joy of Heaven and the pure holiness of your new nature
in Christ and in your relationship with Christ. It is for this reason that the
Christian is all the more sensitive to sin, not for salvation, but because now
he loves God for what he has done for him in Christ. He knows how sin hindered
and hinders his pure relationship with God. As a result, he wants whatever is
necessary to be freed from his old sinful fleshís continued hold over him on
this side of heaven. This is why Paul cried out, "Wretched man that I am, who
will free me from the body of this death!" This is why the Christian longs for
the completed manifestation of his redemption through death and the leaving of
this earthly life to go to heaven and then finally through the resurrection of
his physical being. That is why a Christian is not at home any longer in this
world. He longs to go home to heaven where once and for all he is freed from his
old sinful soul and flesh in any form or capacity and instead enjoys continually
without ceasing or interruption peace, joy and righteousness in the Holy Spirit.411
To whom is this salvation available to?
"For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the
same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches FOR ALL WHO CALL UPON HIM;
for whoever will call upon the name of the Lord WILL BE SAVED." (Rom
Jesus salvation is available to anyone who calls upon him.
Let Godís WORD be found true though every man be found a liar.
We are saved by Godís righteousness alone. The Apostle Paul
"What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue
righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;
but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why?
Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works.
They stumbled over the stumbling stone. . . . For not knowing about Godís
righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject
themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the goal of the
law for righteousness to everyone who believes." (Rom 9:30-32, 10:3-4)
In this passage the Apostle Paul tells us that the reason why
the Jews rejected Godís plan of salvation through Jesus Christ was because they
were trying to come to God on the basis of their righteousness, the works of
their soul. Because they did, they were not able to submit themselves to Godís
righteousness through Jesus Christ, the work of His Holy Spirit through Jesus.
Only Godís righteousness through Jesus Christ can save us. Paul tells us in
Philippians 3:9 that he gave up his righteousness in order to attain Godís
righteousness through Jesus,
"And may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my
own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the
righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith."
Jesus fulfilled the righteousness of the law for us. There is
NOTHING we can add to it. Romans 10:11 tells us plainly that
whoever believes in Jesus and His righteousness through the cross in his place
will not be disappointed.
However, as we have already said, In order for the death and
life of Jesus to be ours and thus His resurrection life to be ours, we must
repent of our sins and receive the very life of God into our hearts which is
Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus said recorded in Revelation 3:20,
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My
voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he
Jesus tells us in this passage that the way we receive Him
into our lives is by simply opening the door of our heart and asking Him in by
What do we mean by faith? It does not mean blind faith,
meaning faith without proof or verification; it means knowing that once we ask
Jesus to come into our heart as Savior from our sins and as Lord of our life,
that He does come in and save us, not as a feeling, but because He gave us
absolute proof that He will do what He promised when He came back physically
from the dead. And What is Jesusí promise? that He will come into
your heart when you ask Him to. Luke, the physician, wrote in the Bible
about Jesusí Resurrection:
"To these He also presented Himself alive, after His
suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty
days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God." (Acts 1:3)
Donít you want to be recreated into Godís image, freed from
the bondage of sin and eventually the presence and power to sin and be able to
enjoy God and His Heaven forever? If you do want to be born again into Godís
Kingdom, then pray the following prayer right now. Lets pray:
Jesus, I want to know you and be born again so that I can
have eternal life. Therefore, I confess to You that I am a
sinner and repent of my known sins. I ask You now to come into my heart as
Savior from my sins and as Lord of my life. Heavenly Father, thank You for
forgiving my sins through Your Sonís death and shed blood on the cross and that
I now have eternal life. Now take control of my life, and through Your
HolySpirit lead me into your will and plan for my life; in Lord Jesus Christ of
Nazarethís name , amen.
If you just prayed this prayer, you can know by faith that
Jesus has come into your heart, saved you, and given you eternal life. This
means you are now saved and going to heaven.
If you did just receive Jesus into Your heart as Lord and
Savior, the following things are true:
you have been united with Jesus in His death and thus his death has paid the
penalty of all your sins past present and future never needing to be paid again.
(Rom 6:3-11, Heb 10:10, 12, 14)
Two, you have received
Godís eternal indestructible life in the person of Jesus Christ
and thus eternal life which means you are saved and going to Heaven.
(Heb 7:15-25, Col 1:27, 1 John 5:11-12)
Your heart, your will, your soul has been freed
from the bondage of sin and recreated to respond in obedience to the dictates of
the Holy Spirit through your human spirit.
You have received and are sealed in the Holy Spirit which means your
spirit has been brought back to life and made one spirit with the Holy
Spirit which means you are born-again and have entered back into
unhindered communion and relationship with God and have the moral righteous
image of God restored in yourself. (Acts 10:43-44, Eph 1:13-14, 1 Cor 6:17, 2
Cor 1:21-22, 1 John 5:1)
Five, You can
now approach Godís throne boldly and without fear and talk to your
heavenly Dad about whatever is on your heart. He will listen and hear you and
even talk back to you through your human spirit. (1 Cor 2:9-16, Ephesians
Six, Finally, if that isnít
enough, God goes even further than that. When you receive Jesus Christ into your
heart as Savior and Lord, God the Father immediately adopts
you as his son or daughter into His forever family which means
you inherit His kingdom. (John 1:12; Eph 1:5, 3:6; Rom 8:16-17; Gal
3:29; James 2:5)
The Apostle Paul and John wrote,
"In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth,
the gospel of your salvationóhaving also believed, you were sealed in Him with
the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a
view to the redemption of Godís own possession, to the praise of His glory."
"He ordained-beforehand351 to adopt us as sons
through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of
His will." (Ephesians 1:5)
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to
become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born not of
bloods, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John
"The Spirit Himself bears witness withour spirit that we are
children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with
Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with
Him." (Romans 8:16-17)
What does it mean to be adopted as Godís sons and daughters?
God has only one Son: Jesus Christ. This means that He is of the essence of God,
God himself. But when you and I receive Jesus into our lives we receive the very
life of God, eternal uncreated life, in ourselves and we are made one spirit
with His Holy Spirit binding us to Him forever. As a result He adopts us as His
sons and daughters which means that we are co-heirs with Jesus and therefore
inherit the kingdom of God with Him. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 16:11,
"You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence
is fulness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever."