Have you ever wondered: “How Do I Get Saved?” Everyone in this world has wondered this at least once in their life. In this devotion we’ll discuss: ‘how do you get saved?’, ‘what’s God’s responsibility in all this?’, ‘what’s our responsibility in all this?’, and ‘who does the saving?’.
We believe with every fabric in our bodies our Heavenly Father desires that none of His children should perish, and we use the following scriptures as our proof of this amazing love! (2 Peter 3:9) “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Also (John 3:16-17) “16 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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
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Who Gives Salvation?
We believe God is the author and finisher (creator and completer) of our Salvation. (Matthew 19:25-26) “25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?“. 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
As we can see in this scripture, God is the only one who can give Salvation, not man!
So, How Do I Get Saved?
Do you have a friend, co-worker, church member, Pastor, or spouse that has asked you if you’re saved or not? Do you have a nagging feeling inside of you asking you whether or not you’ve been saved, or asking you why aren’t you saved? All of these are wonderful signs, God, through the Holy Spirit, has been working and is continuing to work in your heart and mind to prepare you! These are not things to be afraid of or to feel guilty about. In (Acts 16:29-30) the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “…Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
When the Lord puts these questions on your heart, just like He did the Philippian jailer, you need to ask the question out loud: “what must I do to be saved?”. Please, don’t ever hold back in fear wondering what someone may think about you, or worrying over the loss of your worldly freedoms (E.g. Sex, immorality, drinking, smoking, etc.).
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Once you finally let go of your own pride and fears, verbally and mentally asking God how to ‘be saved’, you will release the Holy Spirit inside of you and allow him to continue His work in you.
What’s God’s Responsibility in All This?
It is extremely important to remember God’s role in your salvation. Matter-of-fact, without God, and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, there would be no salvation! In other Words, Jesus Christ, by the Grace of God, IS our salvation, but furthermore you wouldn’t even desire salvation if God hadn’t first called you. Look at (John 6:44) ” No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: …”. You see how that works? We must first be drawn by the father, then through Jesus Christ we can access the Father: (John 14:6) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
God must draw us (call us) to Himself, and we must answer that call by drawing close to Him through Jesus Christ.
What’s My Responsibility in All This?
I would first like to dispel any fears over doctrine you may have been taught as a child, or anything at all which makes you feel uneasy when you read the sub-heading we have here “What’s My Responsibility in All This?”. Some of you may be tempted to immediately throw up red flags regarding this statement, furthermore even dismissing what I’m about to say due to the fact I’m saying we as people have something to do with our own salvation! Let me dispel those fears by saying this:
I believe nothing more strongly than I believe our salvation is by the Grace of God, through Jesus Christ, and it has nothing to do with nor was it created by man!
However, I’m also not gonna stand here, stomping my feet, banging my fists emphatically on the proverbial pulpit, carrying on and on about how “Salvation is a gift from God” and we as people have nothing to do with it, going on to say “to imply anything otherwise takes away from the Sovereignty of God”. “Don’t get me wrong, I believe all of these things to be truth!”
What I’m saying is this: If we carry on and on about whether or not salvation has anything to do with us, all we’re really doing is taking our minds off the rest of the scriptures and thereby leaving out some really important parts of this equation.
We believe strongly in the importance of both sides of the equation, His part, and Our part. First, let’s look at (Ephesians 2:8-9) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Paul is clearly telling us in this verse we did not create our own salvation, and we certainly can’t do so through “good works”.
John 3:15 KJV
Our salvation is through Jesus Christ (who is Faith), by the Grace of God. However, we also have (John 3:15, 3:18) “15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Further proof our our required actions can be seen in (Acts 2:37-39) when Peter was preaching to the people on the day of Pentecost saying “37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
Oh my! Its so wonderful when the Holy Spirit reveals His truths to us! Isn’t it?! It’s all wrapped up into one verse, right there in those verses from (Acts 2:37-39). Peter tells them what they (the people) must do (Repent and be baptized), and what it will accomplish (the remission of sins), and it’s available to whom? (Even as many as the Lord shall call!) – Paul simply repeated Peter’s sermon in (Ephesians 2:8-9).
I can’t even begin to understand the complexities of God, nor do I even want to. Because of His complexities, this is one of the major reasons I’m so happy to call Him my God! I don’t want to be smarter than my God, who does? I worship, honor, and adore Him due to His greatness in wisdom, strength, and knowledge! My purpose here is to merely share with you the truths which have been revealed to me in God’s Word, by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is our gift from God, who took our sins and bore them on the cross, thereby creating salvation for us by becoming our sin (a man who knew no sin), covering us with His blood throughout eternity, making us presentable to our Heavenly Father. (Isaiah 64:6) “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Our salvation is not the result of any of our efforts, abilities, intelligent choices, personal characteristics, or acts of service we may perform. However, as believers, we are “created in Christ Jesus for good works”—to help and serve others. While there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation, God’s intention is that our salvation will result in acts of service. We are saved not merely for our own benefit but to serve Christ and build up the church (Ephesians 4:12). This reconciles the seeming conflict between faith and works. Our righteous acts do not produce salvation but are, in fact, evidence of our salvation (James 1:22; 2:14–26).
In the end, we must recognize that even our righteous acts come as a result of God within us, not of ourselves. On our own, our “righteousness” is simply self-righteousness, and vain, hypocritical religion produces nothing more than “filthy rags.”
Finally, our gift (Jesus Christ), the salvation He provides us, even though not of our own works lest we should boast, absolutely does not create a ‘free ticket’ for us to live however we want to live (E.g. In sin, without any moral or spiritual conviction to follow the Lord or His sayings). (John 14:22-24) “22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. – (Ephesians 6:23-24)