There is a real need to get back to the basics with our spirituality, so today I am going to write about Salvation. Let’s begin.
Many people have heard the famous verse from John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” If this verse is so familiar then why is there such confusion concerning salvation?
In this day and age, it appears that right is wrong and wrong is right, and with this “Everything is o.k.” attitude there is little understanding between the two. When we remove godly boundaries people get hurt. And family members suffer when we cross the lines of godly principles. And these sins of the fathers pass from one generation to another. And morality spirals in a downward direction away from God and His ways. But the Bible clearly states in Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
There is a push in our society called, The Tolerance Movement that wrecks havoc throughout all levels of society, and it even infiltrates the Church. Under the false pretense of love and acceptance it confuses the hearts of people. It claims that all roads lead to salvation, but denies the one and only way to salvation, Jesus Christ. With its anti-Christ doctrine many are lost and on their way to hell. But why are they intolerant towards Jesus Christ? Because Jesus is the Light of the World, and His light exposes darkness or sin. John 3:19-20 says, “That the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” They try to hide their sins as they deny Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah the prophet cries out in Jeremiah 2:11-13, 27-28. “Has a nation changed gods when they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.“Be appalled, O heavens, at this, and shudder, be very desolate,” declares the Lord. “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
The Book of Romans in 1:20-25 also speaks of this “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
Even though the Scriptures say that we are without excuse, we are not without hope. John 3:17 says “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Jesus came into this world so that through His redemptive work at Calvary we might be saved. The word “might” indicates that we have a decision to make. In fact, it is a very important decision that determines where we will spend our eternity.
Contrary to what you may have heard, Jesus does not send people to hell. John 3:18 tells us who determines that decision “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” We send ourselves to hell, by denying Jesus Christ. But if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we insure ourselves with an eternity with Him.
The Bible says in Romans 9:10 “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.” First you believe in your heart, then, you confess with your words that Jesus is your Lord and you will be saved. And this eternal salvation is for whoever calls on the name of the Lord (see Acts 2:21). Regardless of what you may have done, God will forgive you of all your sins (see Ephesians 1:7). And the beauty of salvation is this “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (See 2 Corinthians 5:17.)
True salvation is not complicated when we understand the basics of faith.
© 2012 Author Becky Dvorak–Healing and Miracles International, All rights reserved.