Sirs, what must I do to be SAVED? And they said, BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour.
God so loved the world that when man sinned, He put into effect the plan of salvation, that He had purposed before the world was created. God did not love the world system that is currently under Satan’s rule for Jesus plainly tells us, My kingdom is not of this world. John 18:36 It was man, for whom God set about implementing His glorious plan of salvation.
It was man – sin-ridden, rebellious human-kind that God loved so much. It was mutinous man who desired to be as God; fallen man who was riddled through with rebellion, and sin-sick to the core, that God loved so deeply, that He sent His Son to die for our sins. God loved man, and that love was so deep and compassionate – so all-embracing that He sent His Son to die as the sacrifice for sin, so that man might live. And the only thing that is required of man is to believe…. believe on Jesus; believe that He died and was buried and rose the third day to pay the price for our sin.
There is only one place in Scripture where the question is actually asked, What must I do to be saved..? and the answer is given clearly and simply, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. The spirit of man which was born dead in trespasses and sins is saved simply by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as our sacrifice for sin. But our initial salvation (our salvation of the spirit) is of course the first step on a life journey for the salvation of the soul of man, for once we have been eternally saved we are told by Paul, in Philippians 2:12, that we must work out our own salvation. This aspect of salvation is called sanctification and is ongoing throughout the whole of our whole Christian life. And at the rapture of the church (the resurrection of the dead) will be the salvation of the body.
Our spirit is saved at the point we believe in Christ as Saviour. Our soul is being saved throughout our entire Christian life and our body will be saved at the end of this church dispensation when the dead in Christ shall rise first and then we that are alive and remain, shall be caught together with them, to meet the Lord in the air – and so we shall ever be with the Lord.
Salvation of the spirit.
Salvation of the soul.
Salvation of the body.
But salvation is also a single thing for at the point of initial salvation – the salvation of the soul and the body is automatically secured. Although there are three aspects to salvation it is the initial salvation of the spirit, where we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, that secures forever the salvation of the body, soul, and spirit – eternally. Being saved is sublimely simple and yet so unacceptably hard to receive freely, because proud man wants to be in charge. Man wants to be in charge of his own destiny… and he is not!
Christ became flesh and died to restore the original relationship between God and man. Christ took upon Himself all our spiritual accountability and clothed Himself with all man’s evil and wickedness. Christ paid the price of redemption – a premium, impossible for man to discharge. Christ did this willingly and in love, and God gives this freely to all who will believe in Him. Astoundingly, John tells us in his gospel that God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. We should take time to ponder the enormity of this simple text.
Salvation was made possible by God’s love. It called for sacrifice by God the Father and also God the Son. The essential condition for salvation is simply to believe that Jesus died for my sins and that by His death and resurrection He paid the full price for my sins – and all I have to do is to believe on Him. I cannot win my salvation or buy salvation for myself. I cannot earn my salvation, work for my salvation or assist God with my salvation. There is nothing that I can do to secure my salvation – I can only accept it as a free gift of God’s grace.
Oh, the world has designed multiple ways that they think will get them salvation. Myriad of ways have been designed to get man to be accepted by God – and in man’s foolish attempt to get himself to God, man put faith in foolish alternatives to provide for their need. But there is no other way given to men, whereby we must be saved. For God so loved the world…. God so loved YOU, that He gave His only begotten Son that if YOU believe on Him, you will not perish but have everlasting life. What must I do to be SAVED? Believe! BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. Period.
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