As a kid, I was brought up as a Born again Christian. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16 had been introduced to me the moment I learned to comprehend. But it was only a few years back when I FULLY understood what salvation really is. January 2011, I will never forget the first time I set foot in Victory. See full story. Prior to Victory, what I had back then was just pure knowledge; knowledge that we have a God, knowledge that Jesus is Lord, who was sent here on earth to pay the penalty of our sins to save us from eternal death.
As I continue to grow in faith, I then realized that knowledge alone won’t save us. You have to really believe in your heart and NOT just know. Now, how can you believe in something that you don’t understand? In Matthew 7:21 Jesus said “Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven.”
Don’t get me wrong, I worship Jesus as our Lord and Savior for as long as I can remember. But understanding salvation in a deeper level changed my perspective and made a huge impact in my spiritual growth. And so this became my inspiration in writing about salvation. I’m not saying I’m a pro with regards to the Bible or whatsoever. NO! I’m still learning as I go through my walk with Christ. I just want to share my experiences with you guys hoping you’ll learn something out of it.
They say salvation is a new start. Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come.” For all of us who have ever wished we could start over, this is good news. But before we can really appreciate this good news, we need to understand exactly why we need to start over. The million dollar question is “Why do we need salvation??”
The problem: Separation because of our sin.
There is a gap between God and man. The cause of this eternal separation between God and man is SIN. Many think they can bridge the gap by going to a religious place or by learning more about their religion. But since our separation from God is not physical or intellectual, neither going to a spiritual place nor knowledge can bring us closer to God. The separation between God and man is moral separation. God is holy; man is not. God is good; man is not. All men have sinned. We are all sinners. Therefore, all are eternally separated from God and will suffer the consequences of sin which is death.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
The Solution: God’s sacrifice and substitution
The justice of God demands a sacrifice for man’s sin. Jesus became the sacrifice and paid the penalty of our sins at the cross. God loved us so much that He didn’t want man kind to be eternally separated from Him. The divine solution to the problem was for Jesus, God’s only son, to become the sacrifice for sin. Through His death on the cross, Jesus took our place and our punishment. He exchanged His righteousness for our sin. He took our curse and gave us His blessings. Because of His sinless life, Jesus was the only one qualified to pay the penalty for man’s sin and to bridge the gap between God and man.
“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
The Result: Our Salvation and Reconciliation
Our salvation is a result of God’s grace. It is based on what Jesus did for us on the cross. It has nothing to do with what we do for Him. We cannot save ourselves or earn God’s approval through the good works that we do. We are saved by God’s grace when we realized our need for a Savior, turn from sin and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, putting our trust in Him alone for salvation.
“That 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. For it is with your heart that you believe and justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” – Romans 10:9-10
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from ourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Prayer of Salvation:
Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that the separation between us is because of my sin. I confess that I have sinned and have fallen far short of your glory. Thank you that you sent your Son, Jesus to pay the penalty for my sins. I confess with my my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. I’m sorry for my sins and I ask you to forgive and cleanse me. I want to turn away from everything the bible calls sin. Help me to love, serve and obey you for the rest of my life. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!
***credits to Victory’s one to one booklet