“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” says Hebrews 9:27
The death of the body, is the most undeniable truth on our lives; we all have an appointment with death and there is no way to avoid it. But there is another type of death, that we are all born with: the spiritual death. This is the one that we receive as an inheritance as a result of the sin committed in the Garden of Eden.
Romans 3: 23 says “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
All human beings are born with a fallen nature that cause us to sin.
“… for the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” says Romans 6:23.
This verse refers to the death of the soul. We need to understand that everything we do has consequences that affect our lives and the Bible tells us so. Because we all have sin and the wages of sin is death, therefore, that’s what we will receive.
Eventually we have to confront the suffering of death of the soul and the spirit…when we ask ourselves, what is the purpose of life and why we need to die? we don’t really think about this deeply. Our body is made of corruptible flesh, the death of our body is unavoidable, what we should be concern about is the death of our soul, because, as is states in Matthew 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
The question we should ask is: What can we do to change the destiny of our soul? Good, the Lord, in His mercy, sent to us a savior: He, is the way, the truth and the life…
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1: 21
Salvation, means being deliver from a non-desire state or condition. Is to be deliver, protected from a danger or suffering, from which a person cannot free himself or herself. The term Salvation, gives us a sense of: victory, health, and protection. In the spiritual world when we talk about being Saved, it means secured, being deliver from a destiny, being preserved. God want every human being to be saved, that’s why He sent his son to die for us, but, we need to desire that salvation.
“ For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3: 16
From what are we saved? from eternal death and from the wrath of the judgement of God. Being saved is the redemption of the soul, through which God delivers us from eternal punishment which is waiting for us after the death of the body and that we can only obtain by accepting Jesus. But that salvation, depends only of the grace of God for the provision, warranty and security. Only Him, can deliver us from the wages of sin and He does it by extending us mercy through His son Jesus Christ.
“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5: 10
Generous and underserving gift of God, because it was the death of Jesus at the cross and His resurrection what opened the way to salvation, and is only available through the faith in Jesus Christ, because He is our Savior.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4: 12
And to be it, we only have to accept Him in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus is our Lord and Savior.
“…That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:8-10
This includes true repentance and a change in our mentality about sin. If there is not a true repentance there is nothing we can do to be saved.
Salvation is not gain through works, is a gift from God, because the Lord know what is truly in our hearts. We are saved through Faith and Faith is the consequence of listening to the gospel believing and trusting in the word 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: 8 – 9
“…that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:21
Even though the justification of sin is a free gift, it cost the Father His Son. To the Son it cost his life. And to us, it will cost our pride, because the only way to receive this gift is going to the Lord in repentance and humility, with faith and obedience.
The Salvation symbolize that we have received eternal life and that we have a personal relation with God and his Son. Jesus is our peace, our justice, our hope, our sanctification and our redemption.
In Him are the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He is the resurrection and the life. The greatest thing that we receive from God is Jesus Himself. “ And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17: 3. When we receive salvation, we have to give fruits, leaving behind the old man in us. “That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4: 22-24 As long as we keep living an unrighteous life style before the eyes of the Lord, we don’t trust in our dependency on Him. Our own conscious will be our Judge, it condemns us and doesn’t allow us to trust in Him. When we follow a life that is aligned with his commandments, we really belong to Him. There is only one way to salvation and is not an easy path.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7: 13 – 14
To accept Jesus into our heart, is a very simple, direct and personal act, manifested publicly. After receiving salvation, we need to take care of it, because if we get careless, we are demonstrating a lack of love and respect to the suffering of Jesus at the cross. Is not giving Him the deserved value for His sacrifice and the blood shed for us.
” Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;” Philippians 2: 12
Yes, with fear and trembling... A true believer values what he received by grace.
We should submit the desires of our flesh and our emotions to the Lord, demonstrating that we know the true meaning of our salvation. That we respect and value the sacrifice that Jesus did for us, through which He revealed His agape love, an unconditional love with no exception of person.
Christianity is more than to believe in the truth, is a life that has to be lived and above all, there is a God that we need to love, respect and obey. Is that love that saved us from eternal death, because salvation is eternal life.
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:”. Hebrews 12: 14