Basic Salvation PrinciplesEdit Blog

By   Tewodros   Date Posted: Apr. 3, 2020  Hits: 181   Category:  Salvation   Total Comment: 0             A+ A-


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Introduction 

Where shall we begin? Where shall we start? What is the most effective verse(s) in the Bible for one’s salvation? Well, a good starting point is knowing that God loved the world so much that he gave his only son for the sake of the world as a sacrifice for their sins. 

In order to get saved we must believe that God sent his only Son to die on the cross so that we shall have faith in him and get saved from eternal destruction.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. - John 3:16

There is no other way to heaven to God other than through our Lord Jesus Christ. No amount of good work can sanctify us and no human or angels or another creature can save us from eternal condemnations and wrath of God.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” -Acts 4:12

Jesus said, unless we are born again from the Spirit by confessing our sins and believe in him to be the sacrificial lamb for the sin of the world that God prepared for our sanctification, we will not enter the Kingdom of God.

Jesus answered,, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. - John 3:5 

Bible tells us if we confess our sins and declare that Jesus is our Lord and believe with all our heart, we are saved. As simple as that. God is faithful and we will never regret the day we got saved from the kingdom of darkness and migrate to an extraordinary Kingdom of God.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” - Romans 10:9

Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. - 1 John 5:10

 We also need to believe that the blood of Jesus has the power to cleanse us from any sin when we confess our sins to him.

 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9

As for the time to get saved, the Bible says, now is the best time to get saved. It is not later and never say tomorrow. You don’t know tomorrow. You have today and use it wisely. The best decision of your life is the day you invited Jesus into your life.

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. - 2 Corinthians 6

The Issue of Grace

Grace is the most important concept of Salvation. It is very important to understand that our salvation is simply undeserved gift from Father God to all who believe in Jesus Christ.

The gift is fully paid off by Jesus when he died on the Cross. It is like somebody paid of your mortgage and the house you are enjoying now is free. Somebody sacrificed his life for you to enter the kingdom of God. That is Jesus and the only requirement to get saved today is knowing the truth and the truth shall set you free from the bondage of sin. 

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. - Ephesians 2:1

The Issue of Worship

Whom shall we worship? Who deserves to be adored and get all the glory? 

When the three wise men encountered baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, they worshiped only Jesus and presented their precious gift to him. It doesn’t indicate they worshiped Mary or Joseph or presented their gift to them. Jesus is the King of kings and we should only worship him.

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. - Matthew 2:12

The Bible specifically instructs us to worship only God and should not have any other gods before Him.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  - Exodus 20:3

When Barnabas and Paul heard of the people are trying to worship them as gods, they humble themselves before God by reaping off their clothes and telling the truth to the people.  

And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. 

Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our heart with food and gladness. And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them. - Acts 14:11

When John fell in front of an Angel of God to worship him, the Angel told him not to do it as only the God head (Father God, the Son and Holy Spirit) deserve to be worshiped by their creations. 

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. - Revelation. 19 10

Jesus is worthy of our worship since he died for the sin of the world. He was slain like a sheep and he didn’t complain. 

And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain,    and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.  In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. - Revelation 5:9

They holy men of God in the Bible disgraced themselves when it comes to the issue of Worship and they specifically said, “Worship only God”.  The Angel of God said, “I don’t deserve any of the Worship. Worship only God.” Since they didn’t die for the world and took the shame and guild that was upon u. 

Jesus took the image of a slave and disgraced himself just to save us. Although He sit in the image of God in the heaven as no one can see God, He didn’t even think for a second that he could stripped Himself of all privileges and rightful dignity when He took that flesh. What a powerful love we see in Jesus. It is unprecedented and never will there be the same kind of Love forever more. 

“Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Only Jesus can show who God is really look like. Jesus is the closest we can get to God the father. Holy Spirit explains the Will and Purpose of God for our lives. God is a living fire, and no one can see him and shall live. We all will be consumed in a second if it were not by his Mercy and kindness.  

 


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