Most Christians have vague, basic idea of what salvation is. People who are curious about the Bible may as well. But I want you, as a reader, and possible believer, to fully understand the depth of what salvation means, why it is crucial not only for us, but why it was needed in the first place. And also, the requirements are steeper in both mind and heart, than what many may originally believe.
The Beginning – Why Salvation Is Needed
It started with Genesis. God created the Heavens and the Earth, plants, animals, and later mankind. All was good.
However, God wasn’t like other gods. In all of His glory in making mankind, He allowed one option, most creators, rulers, and even basic authority would not allow.
The freedom of self-will.
The ability to be able to turn your back on the One who wants nothing more but good things for you.
The choice to sin.
It didn’t have to be an apple, I don’t think. Humanity simply needed something to represent a door to darkness. Without that door, the option to choose wouldn’t exist.
Sin was not something Satan created. Sin existed when Lucifer fell.
Sin is basically choosing self-pleasure and wants over God.
With Eve and Adam, they were tempted with becoming wise, knowing good and evil. The fruit appealed to the sight, and the tree itself looked desirable. These are all parts of the lust of the flesh. The eyes, the stomach, and the mind. Before sin, they felt no shame. They knew no evil. (Genesis Ch.3)
Now, they experienced shame for the first time and hid when God entered the garden.
Now, evil would forever place itself within the core of the Earth and God’s people.
Sin Requires Sacrifice
The first consequence of sin was the death of humanity. Not immediately, but humans, at one time, were not destined to die. But the choice of sin is death, and humans became mortals because of that choice.
Another consequence was that mankind would toil and have hardship in life. Women would have labor pains in childbirth. Life, in general, would not be made easy. Such is the consequence of darkness. Anxiety, depression, self-judgment, and more brokenness floods humanity because our one tie with the Truth was broken.
Sin breaks trust in God. It makes us want to focus on ourselves and our own wants.
Sin is addicting, debilitating, and chains us to where we feel we cannot break free.
If not fixed, our soul will be sacrificed to the consuming fire of sin, and eventually, we will never be free.
Yikes, I know. This isn’t meant to scare you or convict you, but our selfish heart needs to be aware. There is a cost, consequence, and penalty that needs to be paid for the choice of sin in our life.
Sacrifice was needed.
After Adam and Eve, animals that were considered pure were sacrificed not only for individuals who sinned but ENTIRE communities that sinned!
It became about following rules upon rules, and sacrifices to the smallest detail.
And if you’ve been watching how we, as humans, are with laws and rules, you won’t be surprised to know, we failed horribly.
(NIV) Ecclesiastes 7:20, “Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.”
We turned to other gods and idols. We focused more on the fine print, but not the on the Hand that wrote them. We didn’t give God the attention and focus He deserved.
Very early on, prophets began to prophesy of a Lamb. Someone was coming to be a King of kings, Lord of all Lords. There was nothing mankind could ever give to amend the cost of sin.
So God intervened. (Curious about the symbolism of Christ and sacrifice? Click here.)
Jesus Came To Set The Captives Free
Jesus Christ came into our world as a babe. He grew up as a child of God to become a man of God and then proclaimed by God Almighty to be the Son of God.
He loved. He healed. He prepared the way. He was tempted, just as we are, and He prevailed! All paths we walk, Christ has walked ahead, and He chooses rightly. He knows the struggles of our heart.
Through Jesus Christ dying on the cross, when He was completely innocent, He was the first human sacrifice the people of God would ever sacrifice. He was the only One we ever truly needed.
(Aramaic English) Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of THE LORD JEHOVAH is upon Me, and because of this He has anointed me to preach The Good News to the poor; He has sent Me to heal broken hearts and to proclaim liberty to captives, vision to the blind, and to restore the crushed with forgiveness”
Recipe Of Salvation
2 Parts Of Admission Of Self
1. Admit That You Are A Sinner
2. Admit That You Cannot Save Yourself
(NIV) Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
We have to realize we are a sinner. We have sin in our life we need to get rid of. We need to understand in order to become a believer and follower of Christ, we must be willing to give up our old life. Things that we did for ourselves and our own wants, may have to go. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. We need Someone stronger than us to help and cleanse our heart.
2 Parts Of Belief In Grace
1. Believe That Jesus Christ Died For Your Sins, and God resurrected Him
2. Have Faith In Believing Christ Will FORGIVE You
(NIV) Ephesians 2:08, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith,and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Wanting Jesus in our life is not enough. We must BELIEVE He died for us. We must trust in God Almighty that He will forgive us. We must be ready to step out in faith, but beloved know this as well, Christ is waiting for us. He loves us. He wants us so much, that even if it was just you or me on this earth, He would die for us. His love is not of this world, but of our eternal home. This is His gift to us.
This is grace. Grace is to show mercy and love when it is not earned and deserved to the one being shown it.
1 Part Confession
1. Confess Your Sins To Jesus
(BS) Romans 10:09, “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.”
2 Parts Request
1. Ask Jesus Christ To Forgive You
2. Ask Jesus Christ Into Your Heart
(BS) Romans 3:24, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”
(NLT) Romans 10:10, “For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”
Salvation, once we accept, opens our heart to the Holy Spirit. Once we decide to walk with Christ, our relationship with Him begins.
(BS) Hebrews 9:15, “Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”
While sin is death, through Jesus salvation is the gift of life. Salvation is forgiveness of our sins and the start of a relationship with Christ. But salvation is the beginning of our foundation in Christ. Just because we have been saved does NOT mean that is all we need to do.
We need to become Christlike and know His word. What we proclaim to believe in, we must have knowledge of. Through our relationship with Christ, talking to Him, and growing in Him, we will be given wisdom and experience as He continues to work in our life.
Salvation is Christ coming to us, now…
WE NEED TO GO TO CHRIST DAILY!
~T. R. Noble