Maybe I am the only one whose mind does this, but there are times I can hear something in a sermon or teaching moment and it is something I have already learned. My mind shuts down and thinks it doesn’t need to listen again. But we never stop learning. No matter how many times a subject is taught, we can still glean knowledge from other teachers and have new insight into lessons.
When we go back to the meaning of salvation, it can refresh our minds to what God really did for us. For without salvation, where would we all be? Lost and without hope. So, here are a few aspects of salvation to never stop thinking about.
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? God gave Adam and Eve a choice. He didn’t create a breed of robots. He wanted someone who would fellowship with Him because they wanted to. He knew what they were going to do, even though He gave them choice. Therefore, He planned in advance the remedy for their sin.
For the wages of sin is death…(Romans 6:23 NASB).
Sin requires a payment. Mankind cannot pay the debt. Something had to die. Because of His great love, He also provided the payment. An animal was provided to cover the sin for a time. When Jesus came, He was the ultimate payment because His blood was pure and He was perfect. The payment was made.
…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23 NASB).
How does that help us today? When we put our faith in what He did, our sin is washed away. No matter how much time passes from when Jesus died and where we are today, His payment never ends.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV).
What are we saved from? We are saved from eternal separation from God. We are saved from eternal torment in hell. We are saved from the darkness of this world when we use the power He gave to us.
For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (2 Thessalonians 1:6-8 NASB).
What are we saved to? We are saved to have an eternal home in heaven with God. We are saved to victory over sin on this earth.
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20 NASB).
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith (1 John 5:4 NASB).
What are we saved for? We are saved to have fellowship with God. We are saved to follow His call and expand His kingdom on this earth. We are saved to overcome the power of temptation and resist the devil.
What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3 NASB).
There are other reasons and scriptures we can list for each of these questions. Please feel free to add your thoughts to what salvation means to you.
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