Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Salvation: Part One

Ask most any Christian and they can tell you -- Jesus died for us and we're saved by grace. So true, but could it be that we've become numbed to such phrases and have neither understood what's involved in our salvation nor personally accepted the gift? Let us consider the topic.

First we must understand what we are saved from. Matthew 1:21 tells us "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sin.

" Romans 5:9 states "being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." Lest we feel that as upstanding citizens, these verses are not applicable to us, we must read on. "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"and "the soul that sinneth, it shall die" Romans 3:23, Ezekiel 18:4 We all need to be saved from sin and its ultimate consequences, death. This death, as noted in Revelation 20:6, 14, is not that referred to as sleep from which there will be a resurrection, but rather the second death, an irreversible permanent end of the unsaved.

Now let us consider what we are saved for. We will only value the gift of salvation if we not only recognize our fate without it but also desire what it provides. "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: . . .And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new" Revelation 21:1, 3-5. "Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore" Psalm 16:11. We are saved: to know God, to live with Him enjoying the pleasure of His goodness, and to experience His original plan for our lives as seen in the Eden home (See Genesis 2:3-18). Jesus, our Creator God, died to make this possible. How much is it worth to you?






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