Salvation

Salvation is the actual deliverance from the power of darkness and the wrath of God, being justified through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and translated into the kingdom of His son, with the forgiveness of sin. In other words, snatched from hell, which was not even made for us, but for Satan and his angels, and placed into heaven (Matthew 25:41, Romans 5:9-11& Col. 1:13). The need for deliverance is because, "through one man, sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men; by nature we were children of wrath"(Romans 5:12-21 & Ephesians 2:3). Only through the blood of Jesus Christ is there deliverance from sin. Adam and Eve were told not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Their disobedience allowed sin to enter into the world. Their guilt was symbolized by them trying to cover their nakedness, but their covering was not good enough for God. He had to provide a covering for them. God did not forgive Adam and Eve because of His love for them. In fact, He cursed the ground they walked on, then He provided a sacrifice for them to receive; probably a lamb since this was a foreshadow of the Messiah to come (Genesis 3:14-21).

The Passover was also a foreshadow of Jesus. It represents several things. In the Old Testament animals had to be sacrificed out of faith to prove that they believed the Messiah would come, and that His blood would cleanse all sin. Each year, after the Passover was instituted, the Jews would sacrifice a lamb which represented Christ, and put the blood on the doorpost of their house. The doorpost and house represented the heart and life of the individuals. So when the Spirit of Death would pass over the Jew's hearts, it would see the blood of Christ and continue on (Exodus 11 and 12).

In the New Testament (covenant) we are no longer required to sacrifice, since the ultimate sacrifice already took place. If the blood of bulls and goats, lambs and heifers in Exodus 24 & 29, could take away sin during the Old Covenant, then how much more should the blood of Christ. "For without the shedding of blood there could be no forgiveness of sin" (Hebrews 9 & 10). If we could do anything, even the things once required by God through the law, and still be delivered from sin, then Christ shed His blood needlessly (Galatians. 2:20)

The difference between the Old Covenant and New Covenant is during the old, people looked forward, symbolically, through continuous animal (blood) sacrifices to atone for their sins. In the New Covenant, which we are in and always will be, Christ Jesus was the Ultimate-Once-And-For-All-Sacrifice (Hebrews 10). "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23) but Christ has redeemed us from the law of sin and death (Romans 3:23). Thank God for Jesus, the Ultimate Sacrifice (Matt. 26:28).

In order to receive this free gift of eternal life we must accept it as a gift. We must accept the blood of Jesus Christ and be born-again (John 3:3-8). To be born-again means to lay down your will, and your life, and allow the Spirit of God to resurrect your dead spirit, enabling Christ to live in you and operate His will through you. It is very important to literally die to the desires of the flesh and allow Jesus Christ to be Lord over your will and emotions. Just because we confess Jesus as Lord over our life, doesn't mean that He is. To believe in God and to love God are not the same thing! Satan and his angels believe in God and even shudder (James 2:19). To show you love God, you must show a true belief in Him. The word "believe" is a verb. A verb means action! You must act like you believe. Just because you believe on Sunday does not mean you truly believe. "Sunday-faith" is not good enough. Only when we give total control to Him, then can we truly say that Jesus is Lord over our life and that we truly believe that God has raised Him from the dead. "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you will be saved. For with the heart one believes resulting in righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:9-10 & Acts 16:31).

"For by grace you have been saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast" (Ephesians. 2:8-9). Grace can be defined as God's Riches At Christ's Expense or even better yet God’s Reparation At Christ’s Expense. We are saved by the grace of God because He loves us and He showed His love for us by sending His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe on Him would be saved (John 3:16).

When we became born-again, we agreed to die to the flesh, the carnal nature of man, and to submit to the Spirit of God that was now living on the inside. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (II Corinthians 5:17). We are no longer the person we used to be. We are no longer alcoholics, drug addicts, homosexuals, and practicing of sin. (Notice that practicing sin and committing sin are two very different things. A born-again believer will not continually, purposefully, practice sin, but will occasionally, accidentally, sin.) We need to get our self-worth from what God's word says about us. Calling a quarter, a nickel does not make it a nickel. In the same way, if someone says something about you that is contrary to God's word, then cast it out. God's word is always right and is the final authority on all things. We may not feel worthy, but God sees Jesus Christ as worthy, and He lives on the inside of us; therefore God sees us as worthy. Satan may condemn you for your past, but remember, God said, "behold all things are new." "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit" (Romans 8:1).

 

We have become children of God, being born into His kingdom. God is our Father; Jesus Christ, being the first born from the dead. We are now joint heirs with Christ; just as your earthly father would make his first-born heir of all that is his. God the Father has given all to Christ; that through Him, all that He has is ours (Romans 8 & Ephesians. 1:3-6).

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