Just what does it mean to be redeemed? To be saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus? There seems to be much debate, and honestly a good deal of confusion. Let’s review the three R’s of Scriptural Redemption, also known as being Saved.
- Recognize Your Need. The Bible clearly teaches that the Law Of God was given as a schoolmaster, to bring the knowledge of sin to all mankind, and to lead us to faith in Christ (Galatians 3:24; Romans 7:7) . Only by accepting the sovereignty of God and His Law can we realize the gravity of our situation. Modern thinking would have us believe that righteousness, or goodness, is relative; and that each person’s standard of right and wrong can be different, and that would be acceptable. This is VERY dangerous thinking. This deception of Satan has been misleading people since the garden of Eden. Satan used a variation of the very same lie to deceive Eve and then Adam into committing sin against God (Genesis 3:1-7). This kind of thinking is in direct conflict with scriptural teaching. Only by accepting God as the Creator, and ourselves as the creation, can we humble ourselves enough to realize that we are guilty before God, sinful and evil by our very nature. Because of this condition, we are in need of salvation. We can never save ourselves. We don’t even have the power to change ourselves. God says that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), and that those who are guilty of sin will be cast into Hell to be tormented forever (Revelation 20:10-15; Luke 16:19-31)
- Repent. This word has been re-defined much over the years. The word literally means to reconsider, to change one’s mind. In a scriptural sense, repentance means to change our minds about who we trust. We stop trusting in ourselves or other creations, and place our trust in Christ, the Creator. We cannot regenerate ourselves and become “good” to earn salvation. We can, however, change where our trust is placed for salvation. True repentance comes when we recognize our need and realize that we are placing our trust in the wrong place, we forsake our own self-trust, forsake our present condition, turn from our sinfulness, and make a conscious decision to place that trust where it truly belongs. We decide that we no longer want to live in bondage to sin by trusting in ourselves or others, and we turn to Jesus for our salvation (Acts 3:19; Acts 17:28-31)
- Receive The Free Gift. Salvation is free, by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:24; Titus 3:4-7). To receive the free gift of eternal life, we must believe in, trust in, have faith in Jesus Christ, who was fully God and fully man, and who lived a sinless life, sacrificed himself for our sins by shedding his own innocent, divine blood to satisfy God’s judgment. God made the way on His own terms, so that we could freely receive His gift of adoption into the heavenly family by Grace alone, through faith alone. (Romans 5:8; Romans 10:9-17; John 3:1-36;Galatians 1:3-4; Galatians 4:4-5; Colossians 1:12-23) If we fully trust in Jesus Christ, believing in Him for salvation and freedom from sin, we are re-born by the Holy Spirit into the family of God, and the Holy Spirit regenerates us, comforts us, guides us through the Word, and keeps us.
It really is very simple to be born again, and yet so many resist God’s gift out of pride, rebellion, or self-will. But if we will only humble ourselves and recognize God’s Righteousness and our guilt of sin, repent and reconsider our life and destination, and call upon Jesus in faith, trusting in Him alone to save us, He will, and we can experience the grace and mercy of our Creator first hand, and have a true personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (John 14:6; Hebrews 13:5-6) (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
Salvation is not about “Decisions”, and it is not about repeating a “Sinners Prayer”. Salvation is by Grace, through Faith in Jesus Christ. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word, the Bible (Romans 10:17) God’s Word is the seed that is planted and watered by men, but God gives the increase and opens blinded eyes to the truth of the Gospel (1 Peter 1:23-25) (1 Corinthians 3:6-9)
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved…