New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Page SA — HeralD-Zkitijng — Sunday, January 12, 2003
nr T) o iilo Be saved;God Wants You To Be Saved
It is comforting to know that the Almighty God of heaven cares for each of us. Yes, He cares about you. God is not indifferent about your salvation. He wants you to be saved. Listen to the words of scripture:
‘Who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth ” (I Timothy 2:4).
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance
(2 Peter 3:9).
But sin had separated us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2). Sin is a transgression - a violation of God’s will (I John 3:4). It is against the very nature of sinless God (Deut. 32:4; Hah. 1:13; James 1:13). That being the case, God gave His Son as a perfect sacrifice to pay the ransom price and free us from sin (Matthew 20:28; I Timothy 2:6).
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).
For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for
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the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: for peradventure for the good man some one would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justi fied by his blood, shall we be saved from the wrath (of God) through him (Romans 5:6-9).
Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (I Peter 1:18-19 NKJV).
Because you have sinned, you are due the wages of sin. “For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). But through the grace of God, a way of salvation has been opened for mankind. Indeed, God’s favor - His grace - is extended to all. “For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12). Salvation cannot be earned. It is not of human merit. “For by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). So you see, a way of salvation, given to you by your loving Heavenly Father, was made possible through the death of Jesus on the cross. His blood cleanses us from sin.
"Then, all people will be saved, right? ” So some might ask. The answer is given by Jesus Himself.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14).
See for yourself then, that most will be eternally lost. Why?
Because they chose a broad road instead of the Lord’s way. Jesus shows us that there is but one way of salvation-through Him.
"And ye will not come to me, that ye may have life ”
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).
So God wants you to be saved. He has given His Son that you might be saved. It is through Jesus that all saved are saved. Now, what must you do to receive salvation that is available only in Christ? It is important to consider the totality of the Scriptures concerning salvation. Do not wrest scriptures from their context. Here then is the way of salvation - the way to be “in Christ.” Remember, forgiveness of sins is found in Christ
(Ephesians 1:7).*Faith in Christ
You must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Remember John 8:24? “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” Further, the following passages point out that faith (belief) in Jesus Christ is essential in order to be saved.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36).
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned (Mark 16:16).
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 (John 3:16).
And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house (Acts 16:30-31).
It should be noted that there is more than one type of belief (faith) mentioned in the New Testament. There is the faith that saves (as noted in previous passages) and there is a dead faith. Read on...
Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made