I love being a Christian and I love being a preacher of the word of God. It allows me a special and unique view of Christianity, Christians, and faith that others might not see. One of the things that often bothers me is why some think they are saved.You would think that it was pretty straight forward but, it’s not. I couldn’t tell you how many times I heard Christians speak about their uncertainties and doubts regarding salvation. There is a simple reason why many are not sure, a simple reason why many are filled with guilt and doubt. We are trying to hang our hopes of salvation on the wrong things.
For many, salvation in Christ is equated to knowing the precise language and usage of the original Greek words (i.e. Gr. eis, every word must be defined and parsed correctly). For some, it’s about having an enlightened view of the salvation process (i.e. you must know the exact plan to be saved). Yet, for others, salvation is directly tied to our proper worship of God (i.e. as one person said, “You can’t be right and worship wrong!”). Lastly, for many, salvation is tied to their ability to follow the rules well enough (i.e. perfect knowledge and precision obedience).
Church, Jesus is the only reason we can be saved (safe and secure in the hands of God). We are saved because Jesus came, lived and died a substitutionary death for us, resurrected on the third day, and is now seated at God’s right hand, making intercessions for us. Any theology of salvation that is dependent on us will always fail us. Jesus will not!
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (ESV, emphasis mine)