Salvation is an extraordinary gift and hit home with me in a very personal way when I realized that Christ died for me a sinner!
God in his ultimate mercy sent His only begotten son to die on the criminals cross.
Christ Died for Us
Christ died my death and your death on the cross; the innocent dying for the guilty. Christ died for sinners.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
1Cor 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
The righteous dying for the unrighteous. The amazing thing is God did this while we were still at enmity with Him.
Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
God who is rich in mercy gave us the greatest gift we will ever receive.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Free Gift from God
Salvation is an extraordinary gift because it is from God. All we have to do is accept this free gift and we will be saved. “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30) asked the Phillipian jailer. He was simply told “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31) There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. It is not wages to be earned but the free gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
No amount of good works or church traditions can save you. If you try to approach God and present your own righteousness (Rom 3:10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;) as a basis for salvation, He will not accept it. What we present to God as righteous He views as filthy rags.
Isa 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Romans 4:4-5 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,
Salvation is Permanent
Salvation is for eternity. Once your saved you can not lose your salvation. Otherwise it wouldn’t be salvation but probation.
Romans 5:21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:22-23 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When man dies he will either experience eternal condemnation or eternal life. The choice is yours. Simply believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and that He died on the cross for your sins and you will be assured of eternal life.