Complete and utter liberation from the corruption and emptiness of your lusts. Freedom from the power of sin and death. Eternal life abiding within you. Isn’t that what you want?
Liberation from sin
Sin is an extremely destructive force. It separates us from God and results in both corruption and death. (2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23) Haven’t you seen the destructive effect that sin has had on your own life and on the lives of those closest to you? Haven’t you experienced, first-hand, the pain and sorrow that results from pleasing yourself, again and again?
We need help if we are going to escape the death and destruction of sin!
The truth is: we all have a sinful nature. Because of the fall of mankind, we have lost our connection to the source of life (God) and by nature we are all slaves to our own lusts and sinful desires. We need help if we are going to escape the death and destruction of sin!
Salvation is this help we need: it is deliverance from sin and all of its destructive consequences. And it is God’s will that each and every one of us are saved.
Because we have all sinned, (Romans 3:23) all of us are deserving of death. However, there is a way out of this death: a way to eternal life through our Savior, Jesus Christ!
Jesus, God’s own Son, chose to become a man with flesh and blood, just like you and I (Hebrews 2:14) and was He tempted in all things (Hebrews 4:15). In the strength and power of God, He faithfully endured every test and trial; He never sinned!
It is through Jesus’ death that we gain access to eternal life.
Can you imagine that? He never sinned! Instead, He learned to deny His own will: what the Bible calls “suffering in the flesh.” He cried out to God in every situation, so that He might receive the strength and grace to do God’s will. “Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” Hebrews 5:7-8.
When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, He died an innocent man. Because He had never sinned and was completely blameless, He was undeserving of death! Therefore, His death could be counted as a sacrifice for the sins of others. It is through Jesus’ death that we gain access to eternal life. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
The two parts of salvation
If you repent of your sins and accept Jesus as your Savior, your debt because of sin is paid off by Jesus’ sacrifice. In other words, the connection with your Creator (which has been destroyed by sin) is restored and you become a partaker of eternal life. This is the first part of salvation, that you are saved by the forgiveness of sins through Jesus’ death.
However, this isn’t the whole of salvation. Even after you receive the forgiveness of sins, you will find that your own sinful tendencies still exist within you. You find that you are still tempted to self-seeking, pride, jealousy and egotism. You still need to be saved from the destructive force of sin in your life.
God wants to pull up the root of sin itself in your life, to completely free you from it!
It isn’t God’s intention that you live as a slave to sin! The salvation that the Bible talks about is complete and utter salvation from sin. God wants to pull up the root of sin itself in your life, to completely free you from it! This is the second part of salvation, that you are saved through Jesus’ life. (Romans 5:10) It is a process, or a transforming work, that goes on in you through obedience to God’s Word and Spirit in your life, by going the same way of self-denial as your Savior.
In the second part of salvation you actually get victory over your own sinful nature. You are transformed into God’s nature and have eternal life abiding within you! What a glorious thing!
God wants to free you completely from the death and destruction of sin. He wants you give you the promises, to give you His own divine nature! He is inviting you to be saved to the uttermost!! Will you accept His invitation?