What does it mean to be saved? Is salvation something you want or need? Whats in it for you? And, whats the catch?
My question for you is: what is it you most desire? Life, and life more abundantly, is that not so? Nothing else matters if we have no life.
Obviously, life is more than food and drink; life must also have a purpose or meaning.
Dont you want a long, healthy life, with prosperity and joy a life free from enslavement to fear and worry and a life filled with honor, courage, inner strength, satisfaction, and, above all, love? I have only touched on the good things an abundant life can bring. Feel free to add to my list.
What we have to do to get a long life, aside from whatever genes may provide, is exercise, eat right, and work hard, on the physical side. But our intellects, emotions and spirits must be exercised and fed, too. We are more than muscles and sinews, nerves and blood vessels. Our intellect thrives on knowledge and challenges; our emotions need fulfillment; and our spirits need love provided from Our Father in heaven. Our whole being gains satisfaction in life from helping and sharing with others (treating others as you wish to be treated) and having a relation with Our Father (loving Him with our whole being).
Then there are those who would prefer to wrest the abundant life from others by criminal means stealing, harming others, and murdering. These miscreants want a long prosperous life but at the expense of those who work hard and do good.
Maybe, but not often enough, these who plunder and murder to gain wealth, often end up dying violently or spending many years barred from freedom.
Some attempt to buy a long life without the healthy life style; they would rather depend on doctors, operations, and tons of medicine to do what they did not give nature a chance to do. This is not to disparage the use of doctors and the medical profession when other practices fail, but rather to note how some try to cheat their way to a long life.
No matter what we do, long life eventually ends. Even as people want to cling to life, only One can extend a persons life beyond what is physically possible. Our Father alone can extend your life indefinitely, He calls this extension of life, salvation or eternal life. Can you think of anyone who would refuse to live forever in a healthy, happy condition? I cant either.
But, there are conditions for eternal life, or as the title says, what must we do to be saved, that is, gain eternal life. Our Father is not just going to give it to everyone who wants it. He gives salvation to the few who are willing to do everything He asks to obtain it. He sets out the prescription.
Salvation is Freedom from Sin, Sickness and Death
Let me further delineate this invaluable gift from Our Father called salvation, being saved. Our Farther explains what holds us in bondage and keeps us from salvation. He says sinning enslaves us and leads us to sickness and death.
But, He encourages, He can and will provide a way to unlock the chains of sin which bind us and brings death. Come out and be free, come out into the light of life, He thunders. And, only Our Father can provide salvation no demon, man, science, or government has the power to confer eternal life. Our Father says to the captives, those held in bondage to sin, sickness and death, come out and be free from the power of evil.
Our Father had a plan to bring eternal life to us. He planned to give us His only begotten Son as a ransom for our sins. This Son would be the perfect sacrifice (that is, never having sinned) and die in our place for our sins. Once we renounce sin, accept and believe Our Fathers Son, we begin to travel on the road to salvation and eternal life. Our Father gave us His Son as the instrument of freedom and salvation, and He set us free from the law of sin and death.
Further, Our Saviors casting out demons and his healing of those who came to him demonstrate the power of Our Father in Jesus, who, because of his death and resurrection, will free us, too, from slavery to Satan and its progeny, sin, which results in death.
Those who have that rare sense of appreciating true value, like the Kingdom of God, and those who love wisdom and understanding will do anything to be free from sin, sickness, and death. They prefer, indeed, to hunger for righteousness.
(See: Isa 49:9, John 8:36, Rom 6:18, 22, 8:2, 1 Pet 1:9, Mark 6:13.)
Salvation from Our Father
If a person yearns for all that life and life more abundantly brings, and if a person wants to be saved from sin, sickness and death, he must accede to Our Father, who alone can provide salvation, as I have been saying.
He, alone, created us and breathed into us the breath of life. Therefore, He alone, can resurrect us from these mortal bodies into immortal bodies. If we sleep before Our Savior returns, He will resurrect us to salvation and eternal life. Or, if we are alive at his coming, bearing Our Fathers gift of eternal life, we will be changed. Our Father, alone, made His Son the one through whom He confers salvation and eternal life to His own.
In the mean time, Our Father gives all the accouterments that bring the best life has to offer. He confers honor, banishes fear and provides strength, and is our shield and horn of salvation.
Surely, we must acknowledge Him: Our Father reigns, and we choose to bow before Him. We joyously shout: now is the day of our salvation.
(See: Psa 62:5-7, 18:2, 27:1, 28:8, 3:8, Isa 52:7, 2 Cor 6:2.)
Salvation for the Righteous
Our Father shall give eternal life only to those who are righteous before Him, who accept and believe in His Son as the Savior from Him. These are the righteous: the ones who do what Our Father has determined is right and holy.
The righteous never cling to worthless idols, even the ones of pride and greed. Clearly, the righteous refuse to be swindled by the great deceiver, Satan. They fear and worship Our invisible Father, not some useless piece of wood or stone.
Indeed, their righteousness springs up from the showers of salvation and grows in the earth of Our Fathers grace. His sure foundation brings wisdom and knowledge.
Their righteousness remains rooted in faith and trust from understanding of the Gospel of salvation. For the righteous, the message of the cross is not foolishness, but the power of Our Father.
The righteous maintain justice and do what is right; they wait quietly, with self control, for the salvation of Our Father, who clothes them with the breast plate of hope and love, crowns them with helmet of salvation.
(See: Jonah 2:8, Psa 37:39, 85:9 119:155, 149:4, Jer 3:23, Isa 25:9, 33:6, 45:8, 56:1, 59:17, Rom 1:16, 10:17, 2 Tim 3:15, 1 Cor 1:18, 1 Thes 5:8, Col 2:12, Zech 12:10.)
Jesus and Salvation
Our Father does not want us to suffer wrath from doing evil; rather he wants us to put our trust in His Son, who broke the chains of slavery sin, sickness, and death. This Son teaches sinners Our Fathers Way and turns them back to Him. Imparting knowledge of Our Fathers salvation, he inspires us to strive for righteousness.
To reiterate Our Saviors death for our sins paid our death penalty and gave us the hope of salvation, eternal life.
(See: 1 Thes 5:9, Psa 51:13, Heb 9:28, Luke 1:77, Isa 45:17, 49:6 Luke 2:28-30, Zech 9:9, Acts 13:47.)
How to Receive Salvation
If you are interested in obtaining freedom from sin, sickness, and death and want life filled with meaning, with abundance, and fulfillment, then you are ready to get salvation. How?
The first ones to ask how, were the multitudes who heard Peter preach on the day of Pentecost soon after Jesus ascended to heaven.
Peter replied to them and us, repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit.
(See: Acts 2:37-39, Rom 6:4, 2 Cor 7:11.)
What is repentance? The Greek definition of metanoeo, repentance, is to think differently, to reconsider, and to feel compunction.
What the Bible asks a person to do is to reconsider the life of sin. What is sin? Sin is breaking the Law, you know, the Ten Commandments. So, the Bible says, stop breaking the commandments, found in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5, and start keeping them. Repent!
Jesus destroyed the power of Satan and the law of sin and death by his death and resurrection, therefore, you are no longer slaves of Satan and sin. Salvation came and is here, which gives freedom from Satan, sin, sickness and death. You are free to repent!
The Bible teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions, instead to have self-control, be upright and godly. Repent!
The Bible gave further examples of repentance beyond just keeping the commandments. It says the man with two coats should give one to the one without. It says to do the same with food. It told tax collectors to collect no more than required to. Listen up, government! And it told soldiers and law enforcement officials not to extort money or accuse people falsely.
Finally, the Bible says to have godly sorrow, which leaves no regret.
(See: 1 John 3:4, Isa 30: 15, Mat 3:2, Mark 1:15, Luke 3:10-14, 15:7, Rom 6:14, Titus 2:12, 2 Cor 7:10, 11.)
The person who knows what the Ten Commandments are and is ready to keep them without amendment must next be baptized. Why?
Baptism represents two things. First, it symbolically washes the residue of sin from our souls. We are actually cleansed by the Word. But, a person must walk by faith, that is, prove by his actions that he is willing to act on his beliefs. Thus, baptism.
Second, baptism is being buried, as Jesus was, in water instead of ground because dirt and earth do not clean. After one is buried, he is raised from the dead, that is, the ways of death sinful practices. Then the person is raised a new creation able to live a new life. Salvation is at hand.
(See: Rom 6:3-5, Col 2:12.)
Receive the Spirit
After showing faith by repentance and baptism, Our Father confers on believers the power of the Holy Spirit, which is among other things a guarantee of a future resurrection, which means a change from a physical, mortal body to a spiritual, immortal body. Our Father permanently seals believers as belonging to Him.
Our Father gives believers the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God and a helmet of salvation to protect their minds from deceptive onslaughts.
The letter of the law kills, but the spirit of the law gives life and life more abundantly.
(See: Eph 1:13-14, 2 Cor 1:2, 3:6, Eph 6:17-18, 2 Tim 3:15.)
Salvation and Covenant
Our Father considered salvation and freedom so vital that He made a solemn and everlasting covenant with believers, those who want salvation more than anything else in the world. He promised eternal life later and every desire now, within His will, of course. He will help His beloved people, He will keep them, and make them a light for all nations, shining forth with Our Fathers glory, which He gave them. He, further, promised to restore the land.
Our Father gave those who want salvation a new covenant with the law written on their hearts and a new Spirit and power to live life now to the fullest, culminating in eternal life.
(See: 2 Sam 23:5, Isa 49:8, 55:3.)
Praise God for His Salvation
Let us join all the earth in singing to Our Father for His salvation every day. Let our souls rejoice in Our Father and delight in His salvation. Let us draw water from the wells of salvation with joy. Let us look up to Our Father and await the Kingdom of God in hope.
Let us lift our eyes to the heavens, which proclaim his glory, and praise Our Father for His salvation.
Because Our Father has arrayed us in the robes of righteousness and dressed us with the clothes of salvation, we sing songs of glory and praise to Him. Our Fathers salvation shines like the dawning sun and blazes like a brightly burning torch.
(See: 1 Chron 16:23, Psa 35:9, Isa 12:3, 51:5-6, 61:10, 62:1.)
If life and life more abundantly appeals to you, if freedom from sin, sickness, and death is most desirable, if eternal life is your most important goal, then listen to the Words of Our Father and Our Savior. Choose life. Repent, be baptized, and receive the Spirit.
I hope you will choose wisely.
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