Proverbs 29 10-29-22

God’s salvation is simple. He has done everything for us; all we have to do is receive the gift of His sacrifice and His love.

30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They replied, “Believe in [trust in, rely on, receive His gift of grace] the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

From the past several days:
When Peter made his great statement in Acts 4:12, he gave us a unique definition of salvation from God’s perspective,

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

There are several questions that arise from this verse.

  1. Must a person be saved?
  2. From what is he lost?
  3. Is he not capable of saving himself?
  4. Why Jesus’ name?
  5. What makes His name special?
  6. Everyone?
  7. What is required?
  8. What shall we gain/avoid?

As we delve into what is required for salvation, many people lean toward a courtroom scene while others may lean toward a hospital emergency room; I lean toward a rescue operation. The interesting thing is that all three scenarios are correct from their perspectives:

  1. The courtroom scene- We each have sinned against a holy God and can not longer stand in His holy presence in our current condition. We need cleansing. Christ’s blood washes us clean and we are once again welcome at the throne of grace (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 8:1-2, 1 John 1:8).
  2. The hospital emergency room- With sin came sickness to our eyes, our bodies, and our souls. Jesus demonstrated this fact throughout His ministry by healing the body and the soul. In Jesus, we are healed and whole (Mark 2:3-12, Mark 2:17, Luke 4:18).
  3. The rescue operation- Sin binds, it addicts, and it controls. Jesus came to break our bonds, pull us out of our addiction to sin, and to wrest control from the one who controls us (Satan). In Jesus, we find FREEDOM (Matthew 12:28-29, Romans 7:24-25, Hebrews 2:14-15)!

How do we come to Christ? We believe that He is who He said He is, did what He said He did, and will do what He said He would do. We trust Him with our lives beginning today and every day afterward. We receive His Holy Spirit into our lives and follow, listen, and obey Him in all instructions. Since the Spirit is Jesus, we walk with Him and talk with Him as our closest Friend–always remembering that He is King of the Universe and Lord of our lives.

Tomorrow, we wrap up this topic by looking at the ups and downs of our salvation in Christ.

Abba, You have made salvation simple by canceling our debt, healing our souls, snatching us from the fire, and releasing us from the grip of Satan and our own addiction to sin and desire. All we did was receive Your invitation. We owe You so much–we owe You our lives! I agree with Paul when he said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24). That’s what I want to do, Abba: Testify to the good news of Your grace in my life. I will be looking for opportunities to do just that! Amen.

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