What Is Genuine Salvation?

Are you one of the people in today’s society who is afraid to die? If so, the reason is probably because you are unsure about your eternal destiny. Can a person truly have this matter settled and have the assurance of life after death? The answer is “yes”! The Lord Jesus Christ offers eternal life to all those who will trust Him as their Lord and Saviour. The Bible tells us:

“And I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish…” (John 10:28).

However, many people today have their hope of eternal life anchored in good works, church membership, or a morally upright life. But the Word of God gives only one way in which you can claim this assurance for yourself. This way is through a genuine salvation experience with Jesus Christ. What IS genuine salvation? Salvation has to do with a man’s sin problem which will eventually take him to Hell if he fails to deal with it. God saw that man had fallen into a situation in which he was unable to help himself. Man was created without sin (Gen 1:26-28, 31), but chose to commit sin by deliberately disobeying God (Rom. 5:12a, 19; Gen. 2:16-17; Gen. 3:6). Sin destroyed the fellowship between man and God and plunged the entire human race into sin (Rom. 5:12). Since fellowship was broken (Gen. 3:8) and dealth is the penalty for sin (Rom. 5:18a, 6:23a), God must provide a way for that fellowship to be restored by having sin forgiven. God’s provision of salvation was made over 1900 years ago by the sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, the Lord Jesus (I Cor. 15:2-4). Let me share with you God’s part in this provision.

It is God’s will that you be saved.

“The Lord is…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9). “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim. 2:4).

God sent His son to prove His love to us and to provide the payment for our sins.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).

God’s Son, the Lord Jesus, lived a sinless life which enabled Him to die for our sins” (Heb. 7:26).

“…yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). “…who knew no sin…” (II Cor. 5:21a).

We cannot die for each other’s sin because the sacrifice has to be pure and we are all sinners.

God provided only ONE WAY of salvation.

“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). “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).

God has done His part for our salvation. The gift of eternal life through faith in His Son has been provided. Jesus Christ has died, has been buried, and has risen from the dead (Matt. 28:5-7). This sacrifice for our sin makes it possible for us to obtain salvation but the decision of accepting or rejecting this sacrifice for our sin rests with us. Let me now share with you the part YOU must take in salvation.

You must see yourself as God sees you – a sinner.

“For all have sinned…” (Rom. 3:23). “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (I John 1:10).

You must first admit you have a problem to be convinced you need a solution.

You need to know that you are already condemned to Hell if you have never believed on Christ.

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already…” (John 3:18). “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).

Good works are not the basis on which you may enter Heaven.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done…” (Titus 3:5). “…all our righteousenesses are as filthy rags…” (Isa. 64:6).

Nothing we can do could ever meet God’s standard of holiness.

Christ died for your sins and became your personal substitute.

“…Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom. 5:6). “Who his own self bare our sins…” (I Peter 2:24).

God demands that sin be paid for (Rom. 6:23a) – either you pay for it in Hell or trust Christ as Saviour and allow His death on the cross to be your payment.

Anyone can be saved no matter how sinful he thinks he is.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13). “…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

You must repent to be saved.

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” (Acts 3:19). “…but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).

Eternal life must be received as a gift from God.

“…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23b). “But as many as received him, to then gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).

God urges you to receive salvation today.

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Cor. 6:2). “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Prov. 27:1).

You are not promised another opportunity to receive Christ. By reading this, you have consciously or subconsciously rejected Christ or chosen to receive Him as Saviour. There is no middle ground. Either you believe on Christ as Saviour or you reject Him! Even a so-called “noncommittal” attitude is the same as rejecting Him.

“He that is not with me is against me…” (Matt. 12:30).

I plead with you to receive God’s gift of eternal life right now.

“And I give unto them eternal life…” (John 10:28).

This gift can be yours if you will only come to Christ. The Lord Jesus says:

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).

Won’t you bow your head this very moment and invite Jesus Christ into your life and trust Him as your Lord and Saviour.