Salvation Is The Key
Now that you have read all of this, you may be in a position where you are inclined to completely disregard all of it, or you may be in a position where you do not understand any of it. God has promised in Proverbs 1 that there will come a time in the life of a fool (one who has rejected the council of God) where the fool will call upon God, but God will not hear. In fact, God has promised that He will mock the fool when his fear comes. I challenge you to consider this as a strong admonition. Do not put yourself in the position where God will judge you, or worse, where God may mock you in your calamity.
Proverbs 1:22-32: “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? (23) Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. (24) Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; (25) But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: (26) I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; (27) When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. (28) Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: (29) For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: (30) They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. (31) Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. (32) For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
Up to this point, everything said has been aimed at the Christian – the one who has accepted Christ as his personal Savior. However, you may not be in this group. My personal opinion is that more than thirty percent of the people in independent fundamental Baptist churches are lost. Many know they are lost and are too proud to admit it; many others have been deceived and think they are saved when they really are not. I would like to take a moment to challenge you to evaluate your salvation. Are you different? II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” When a person is saved, he should be different. He should not want to do the same things he has always done. Someone who is saved should have some desire to please and serve God. Who is the lord of your life? Is Jesus the Lord of your life or do you put Jesus somewhere else on the list? Matthew 6:24 says, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Who are you serving? What convictions do you feel? We are all born into sin. If you are honest with yourself, you will admit that you have sinned in your life.
Rom 3:23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Rom 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”
For our sin, there is a penalty. That penalty is death.
Rom 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
Rom 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death…”
There really is not an option here. If you have sinned (and you have) you deserve death. It is just that simple. However, God knew that we would sin, and He made a way for us to overcome the penalty of sin. God made a way of salvation for us. Physical death is one of the penalties of sin that God placed upon mankind. However, not just anyone can die as a sacrifice for sin. The sacrifice for sin had to be a pure sacrifice — a sinless sacrifice. Jesus was the only one who was qualified to be the sacrifice for sin that God demanded. Jesus was completely without sin.
II Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Jesus took on our sin for us, and paid the penalty of sin for us. Not only did Jesus pay the penalty for our sins by physically dying on the cross for us, but He also overcame death.
Earlier, we looked at part of Romans 6:23, but the full verse is: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, and then He overcame death, and you confess this to God, you too can be saved. These are the only steps you need to take to claim the free gift of salvation offered by God.
Rom 10:9-10 “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. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Rom 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Do you see the hand of God working in your life? If you claim to be saved, what do you base your claim upon? One person I spoke with recently said that he would certainly go to heaven because he had done enough things that were good. In fact, he claimed that he had done more good things than bad. However, there is no Scripture to back this up. The Word of God says in 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.” The idea behind the phrase filthy rags implies a dirty, discarded bandage. In God’s eyes, the very best thing we can do for Him is like a used, rotten bandage, yet many people walk the face of the earth convinced that they are saved because of their good works. Ephesians 2:8-10: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” The work involved in salvation was completed on the cross by Jesus Christ. There is no work that we can do to earn our way into heaven — to earn our salvation.