Salvation Is The Only Way
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16 v 31)
Personal faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the victorious Saviour from sin and death, is the only means by which salvation can be received. The substitutionary death of Christ for mankind’s sins, is the basis on which God is justified in saving us through faith. This is demonstrated and guaranteed in the victorious bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. Salvation has past, present and future aspects.
1. We are saved from the penalty of past sin through Jesus Christ’s atoning death on the cross.
2. We are saved from the power of sin through the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives right now.
3. We are ultimately saved from the presence of sin in heaven.
Man is proud and tends to resist the idea that there is nothing he can do to save himself, and that he must believe in Jesus Christ to be forgiven and receive everlasting life. In rebellion, mankind has invented many substitutes for this simple way of salvation, and these substitutes have led multitudes of people down the path of idolatry and unbelief.
“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the Law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2 v 21)
There are numerous false ideas about salvation and the worship of the true God that are prevalent, but all of them, consist in man’s own thinking in doing something which he feels will help earn his own pathway to salvation. It is extremely important to do things with the right motive. If the unsaved individual does them to earn salvation, he is deceiving himself and frustrating the grace of God.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; It is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2 v 8-9).
The true Christian believes, obeys and do good works out of love and gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him, who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5 v 15)