We sometimes hear in the news of people who risk their lives to save someone else: firemen, policemen, etc. But have you ever thought about; who will save our eternal life? The Bible often refers to God, especially Jesus, as our Savior.
• John 4:42 – The Samaritans said, “…we have heard for ourselves and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
“Savior” means one who saves, delivers, and rescues others from peril, danger, or calamity. God has repeatedly admonished people that He offers salvation that no one else can offer.
• Isaiah 43:11 – Besides Me there is no Savior. [45:21,22; Hosea 13:4]
• Acts 4:12 – Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
You and I need salvation that only God can offer. He has proved repeatedly in the past that He does have the power to save.
• 2 Corinthians 6:2 – Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Why not receive the salvation God offers today?
What did God do so that we could be saved? What must we do to receive His salvation? God sent His only begotten Son to be the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus paid our sin for us. For us, He won the victory over SIN, DEATH, and HELL, and we can CLAIM that victory by RECEIVING Him as our Savior (John 1:12). God has no other Salvation plan. Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven; so God COMMANDS us to repent of our sins and to receive Christ as Savior. In II Corinthians 6:2, the Bible says that, “….now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” You should receive the Lord Jesus Christ RIGHT NOW, because God COMMANDS you to do so.
Once a person is saved, he becomes a CHILD OF GOD. He BELONGS to God, and his purpose in life is to SERVE God–to work toward fulfilling God’s will on this earth. Jesus said, in Matthew 12:30, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”
Right in this very moment you are either on God’s WINNING side, or you are on Satan’s LOSING side. There is no middle ground. You are either fighting FOR the Lord, or you are fighting AGAINST the Lord. By humbling yourself and receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior, you can actually JOIN God’s great army and start fighting the good fight. You can become a soldier of Jesus Christ (II Tim. 2:3). You can have the inner joy of knowing that you’re saved and that you are ON THE WINNING SIDE!
Why, there is no greater honor in this world! You know, many people delight in joining up with various clubs and groups, but YOU can become a member of the greatest group ever! You can get saved and be a member of the BODY OF CHRIST! You can experience the honor of being a Blood-bought saint of God, and you can look forward to meeting the One Who made it all possible! Friends, you should receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, because in doing so, you will receive a PURPOSE for living!
Jesus said, in Matthew 6:19-20, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”
Friends, when you receive Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you can start laying up your treasure in Heaven. Basically speaking, when you receive Christ as your Savior, a new “bank account” is opened in Heaven in YOUR name, and the Lord makes regular deposits in that account as you faithfully serve Him. In Matthew 5:11-12, Jesus said to REJOICE when men revile you and persecute you for His sake, because GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN!
Imagine that! You may be dirt poor on this earth, but you can be RICH in Christ! You can have a very large “retirement account.” God allows you to lay up treasure in Heave, which will endure forever. You can be RICH TOWARD GOD (Lk. 12:21), but not without Jesus Christ as your Savior. Without Jesus Christ, you are completely lost. In eternity, you will have nothing, absolutely nothing, unless you receive Jesus Christ. You may have many things now, but in Hell you’ll have NOTHING but pain and sorrow. Only in Christ can you have lasting possessions. Friends, you should receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, because then you can start getting rich.
In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Himself said that there is coming a day when He will say to the wicked, “…Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Revelation 20:15 says, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Then John 3:36 says that the “wrath of God” abides on everyone who does not have Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Have you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ? Have you RECEIVED Him as your personal Savior? Friends, without Jesus Christ, you will go to Hell and burn forever! You do not HAVE to, but without Christ you will. He has paid for your sins, and you can have peace with God THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST (Col. 1:20; Rom. 5:1). Ephesians 2:8-9 says that you can be saved by GRACE THROUGH FAITH, not by works. Romans 4:5 says, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
Friends, do you realize that you are sinners, and that only Jesus Christ can save you? Do you realize that you must trust HIM ALONE to save you? If so, then why not repent of your sins and call upon the Lord to save you RIGHT NOW. The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13). Romans 10:9 says, “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.” Pray and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart and wash away all your sins. The decision is yours, and remember, NOW is the appointed time for salvation.