Salvation in Jesus Christ
Who is Jesus?
The Bible says that Jesus is God with us, in the flesh. He is God the Son, forever one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
In Hebrews 1:1-3, the writer says, "In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven."
Many will say that Jesus was a good teacher or a very spiritual man, yet they deny that He is God. A Jesus that is not God is not reality. We want to be careful to believe in Jesus just as He said He was, "not be[ing] led astray from [our] sincere and pure devotion to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3).
We believe these seven statements and actions of Jesus:
1. Jesus said He was God.
"But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God." Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy."
"'I tell you the truth,' Jesus answered, 'before Abraham was born, I am!' At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds."
"'I and the Father are one.' Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, 'I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?' 'We are not stoning you for any of these,' replied the Jews, 'but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.'"
"Philip said, 'Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.' Jesus answered: 'Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?'"
2. Jesus said He came from Heaven where God lives.
"For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me."
"I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
3. Jesus said He never sinned, and is like only God is -- without sin.
"Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?"
4. Jesus forgave sin.
"When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.'"
Luke 7:48, 49
"Then Jesus said to her, 'Your sins are forgiven.' The other guests began to say among themselves, 'Who is this who even forgives sins?' "
5. Jesus said He is the only way to Heaven.
"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"
"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.'"
6. Jesus permitted people to worship Him as God.
"Then those who were in the boat worshiped him Jesus, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
"Then the man said, 'Lord Jesus, I believe,' and he worshiped him."
7. Jesus performed many miracles that only God could do.
"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people."
Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.
Luke 8:49-50, 52-55
"While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. 'Your daughter is dead,' he said. 'Don't bother the teacher any more.' Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, 'Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.' …Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. 'Stop wailing,' Jesus said. 'She is not dead but asleep.' They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, 'My child, get up!' Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat."
"As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, 'Don't cry.' Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, 'Young man, I say to you, get up!' The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother."
John 11:43, 44
"When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out!' The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, 'Take off the grave clothes and let him go.'"
"In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, 'Why do you look for the living among the dead? He [Jesus] is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' Then they remembered his words."
Everyone has rebelled (sinned) against God and the consequence of that is separation from God. Forever.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away
and will not listen anymore.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
God made a way to bridge that separation -- His Son, Jesus.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
So, "salvation" simply means that there was a place and time that I prayed and admitted that I was a sinner and asked God to forgive me of my sins. I believe that Jesus died to pay for my sins and that he rose again three days later, and is alive today. I accepted God’s free gift -- salvation.