“… And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house,” (Acts 16:30, 31).
The body needs food to be healthy, function properly and to stay alive physically. Food also can affect the way many people respond to spiritual things. Many find it hard to be spiritual without food. Salvation is far more necessary to man than food and any other thing of this life. Everyone needs salvation that only Jesus Christ gives.
Salvation (Gk soteria) means deliverance. It is to be made whole, made or kept safe, preserved from danger and destruction. The way of salvation is clearly stated: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved and thy house,” (Acts 16:31). There is ONLY ONE WAY of salvation for everyone, everywhere and at all time or age. “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).
The crucial question is not the need for religion. Man is inherently religious. There are many religions with different claims and practiced by different people. Religion can serve a useful purpose of moral reformation; and in building a peaceful society and a harmonious social order. That through Christ and Him alone there is salvation or deliverance is not an unbiblical exclusivism, fanaticism and bigotry. It is an irrefutable and inexpugnable truth that resonates throughout the scriptures (Acts 4:12; John 14:6), and proved through human experience throughout the world. Salvation through Jesus Christ means the following:
Salvation is the deliverance from sin. Sin is not pleasure and not life to be lived. The Bible condemns it. God hates sin. Sin separates a person from God. Sin is an obstacle between a person and God. A sinner cannot have a relationship with God. A sinner is a slave to sin. No one can free himself from the power of sin. Sin does not rule over a person that is saved because the power of sin over his life has been broken by God through the work of Christ on the Cross. In Rom. 6:6-14 Apostle Paul told us three truth about a saved person: (i) A saved person has died with Christ, he is therefore, freed from sin; (ii) The body of sin or the power of sin having been destroyed on the Cross, a saved person should no longer serve sin; (iii) Sin has no more dominion over a saved person.
Salvation is the deliverance from the consequences of sin – death (Rom. 6:23). A saved person may die physically, but he is delivered from spiritual death (the separation from God while on earth) and eternal death (the separation from the presence of God to eternal damnation in the lake of fire).
Salvation is the deliverance from Satan and his demons and evil spirits. The Bible speaks of those who are the children of the Devil. Jesus says a liar is a child of the Devil. Satan controls those who belong to him. They are his slave and he is their master. When a person receives Jesus Christ the Devil loses control of the person.
Salvation is the deliverance from the power of Satan. After his conversion Pau was commissioned: “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me” (Acts 26:18). Salvation is the deliverance from the powers of demons, evil spirits, witches, wizards and all diabolical evil men.
Salvation is the deliverance from spiritual death, untimely physical death, and eternal death after this life. It is the deliverance from fear and trepidation and from the spirit of worries and anxiety. It includes the deliverance from poverty and the demonic power in-charge of poverty; the deliverance from curses – ancestral, parental, etc.; the deliverance from dangers, troubles, bad or hard lucks, calamities and losses; and the deliverance from sicknesses, infirmities and spirit of infirmities.
Salvation is spiritual and eternal deliverance. Spiritually, when a person receives Jesus as his own Lord and Saviour, God forgives him of all his sin and frees or liberates him from Satan, and makes him God’s own child (John 3:18-19). Then a living and happy relationship is established between the person and his God. And the person begins to enjoy lively and practical fellowship with God through the indwelling Holy Spirit. What a glorious and happy experience to be saved, hallelujah!!! Eternally, a saved person is free from eternal damnation (John 3:36). He will not go to hell anymore. He will spend eternity with God in heaven.
In conclusion, for you to be saved, you must accept that you are a sinner; believe in Jesus Christ; and repent of your sin. If you are prepared to do this now say this prayer:
Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God and that you died on the cross for me. I repent of all my sin and now I give my life to you. Come in now. Make me a true child of God. Wash me of all my sins. Write my name in the book of life and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I promise to serve you all my life. Thank you for saving me in Jesus name. Amen.
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