Salvation, The Gift of God!

The gift of salvation is God’s greatest love bestowed upon mankind. It is God’s gift, presented to us through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. John 3:16 says,

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

This everlasting life is only ours, if we choose to repent and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. What a wonderful God to offer eternal life to humanity after they committed high treason in the Garden of Eden. Here’s what happened.

When God made Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, He allowed them to eat of every tree in the Garden except one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:15-17). God told them that if they eat the fruit of that tree, they would die. They were disobedient and did eat of the forbidden tree and were cast out of the Garden of Eden.

Well, God said they would die, did He change His mind? They are still alive so what happened? They died spiritually, which is separation from God. Now living outside of the Garden of Eden they will have to struggle to survive. Since they were tempted by Satan and submitted to him, he is now their father and the father of the whole human race except those who have already accepted God’s gift of Salvation. Sin entered mankind at the time they disobeyed God. Now mankind needed a savior.

God, in His omniscience, knew all this was going to happen. He had already made preparation to redeem mankind. To satisfy a Holy God, the sacrifice would have to be untainted by sin, so He sent His own Son (Jesus) into the world to die for the sins of all humanity. Romans 5:12, 15 & 19 says,

  • 12. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

  • 15. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift of grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

  • 19. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
  • “Through Adam’s sin, a sentence of death, without a promise of resurrection, passed upon all mankind; so by the obedience of Christ taking mankind’s place the sentence was completely cancelled and original dominion restored.” (See Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible, Rom. 5:19, note d.)

    Let’s look at the above scriptures in The Living Bible. Romans 5:12,15,19.

  • 12. “When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. His sin spread death throughout all the world, so everything began to grow old and die, for all sinned…..

  • 15. …..And what a difference between man’s sin and God’s forgiveness! For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this one man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God’s mercy….

  • 19. … Adam caused many to be sinners because he disobeyed God, and Christ caused many to be made acceptable to God because he obeyed.”
  • Jesus came into the world, born of a virgin, and grew up knowing He must be about His Father’s business. His Father was God and His business was spiritual: this means salvation for mankind.

    When Nicodemus, a Jewish Rabbi, came to Jesus by night stating that he knew He was a teacher come from God. This wealthy Pharisee wanted something from Jesus and he was seeking something spiritual. What he was seeking was salvation. Jesus told him except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus went on to say that except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    It is clear that being born of water means being born again by the Word of God. It means being cleansed by the washing of the Word and Jesus is the living Word. He explains that which is born of flesh is flesh, but that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Born of the Spirit means you are now in the family of God. I Peter 1:23 states, we are born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

    The washing of the Word means cleansed by the blood of Jesus, that was shed on calvary for all mankind. This was established again in Matthew 26:27&28 when Jesus took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to His disciples and told them to drink all of it, and then He declared, “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” No covenant was made without blood (Ex. 24:8, Heb. 9:22). There can be no remission of sin without it. Christ’s own blood atoned for sin and it alone can redeem. We must accept His blood for personal atonement.

    Then one day Jesus was passing through Jericho and came upon another man that wanted something from Him. This man’s name was Zacchaeus and during their conversation, Jesus made known unto him that He, the Son of man, came to seek and save that which is lost.

    As we continue in Acts 3:19, Peter said, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,….” The word “repent” means to regret or feel sorry for. If you repent before the Lord, you are sorry you have sinned against Him. To be “converted” means change your ways; turn around and walk a different path with Jesus. The word “repent” has nearly been removed from most sermons today. Too many want God on their terms for what they think they can get from Him. You cannot have Him on those conditions.

    In case you believe some of the false doctrine that seems to be penetrating the world and sadly the Church today, that there are many ways to God, hear this. The Bible declares,

    “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

    Paul, in Hebrews, chapter 2, verse 3 asks this question. How are we going to escape punishment if we disregard this wonderful salvation given to us as a gift from God, through the sacrifice of His Son?

    Paul also declares in Ephesians, chapter 2, verse 8 & 9,

  • 8. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

  • 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
  • And last, but certainly not least, Romans 10:9-10 declares,

  • 9. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

  • 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
  • If you confess that Jesus is Lord and really believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will live according to your confession. You cannot just say the words, you must be sincere and really mean it. God takes your actions very seriously, perhaps you should also take salvation seriously.

    God is so good and gracious. Imagine, His creation rebelled against Him and this great and wonderful God sent His Son to earth to live among us and finally hang on a cross, and shed His blood to redeem us. What more can we humans ask of Him. He did all this because He loves us so much.

    Will you repent and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

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    "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

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