The Message That Saves

Posted on September 24, 2011

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God made the plan of salvation before He made all creation.  That He would send His Son at the right time, His Word, to speak to us, to tell us the Way, to reconcile us to God.  That we may choose Him, of our own free will, and that we may love Him.  There is no other name under heaven, in which God saves us.  No one comes to God except through Jesus.  The Old Testament Law was the way God would bring His Son to us; the old law was a teaching tool, a shadow of what was coming, Jesus Christ.

Jesus appeared so that he might take away our sins.  God sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering, an offering for the sins of His people.  The LORD has made his life a sacrifice for our wrongdoings.  It was the LORD’s will to crush him with suffering.
Jesus uttered the loud cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”  Jesus was wounded for our transgressions.  In him is no sin.  The Apostle Paul explained it precisely, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  God credited His people with Jesus’ righteousness.  He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.  God credits Jesus’ righteousness to the believer, “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”  He was made sin because the sins of His people were transferred to Jesus, and in like manner, the believer is made “the righteousness of God.”  Christ, who knew no sin of his own became sin for believers, so they, who have no righteousness of their own, are made the righteousness of God through Jesus.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds, we have been healed.  Through the sacrifice of Jesus, he gives to all those that come to him freedom from the guilt, power, and punishment of sin.  Through Jesus, we have grace from God and love.  Jesus puts us into perfect holiness, joy, and fellowship with himself and the Father.  “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”  Jesus bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once we were alienated from God and were enemies in our minds because of  our evil behavior. But now he has reconciled us by Christ’s physical body through death to present us holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if we continue in our faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.  This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven.

Jesus Christ once for all has made us holy through the sacrifice of his body.  By one sacrifice, he has made us forever perfect and holy, through his own blood.  God sanctifies us by the truth; His word is truth.  Jesus sanctified himself, that he may truly sanctify us.  Jesus was made perfect through suffering.  We have cleansing by the washing with water through the word.  We are also to purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.  In view of God’s mercy, we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is our spiritual act of worship.

Jesus conquered death when God raised him from the dead.  God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; He who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  Jesus is the Word of God, his body the bread, the bread from heaven.  His words are life.  All who reject Jesus will one day face God’s wrath.  We are born again, we live according to the Spirit, His Spirit that lives inside all who believe and obey.  There is only one mediator, Jesus Christ.  Jesus lives to intercede to God for us.  Jesus is able to sympathize with our weaknesses.

Have unwavering faith.  Believe in your heart.  Believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.  Confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord.”  If we call Jesus ‘Lord’, then we must obey him, we must trust him and do what he says.  Confess aloud that you are a sinner, and that you are sorry for all your sins, for every sinful thought and all falseness you ever followed.  Call aloud for Jesus to save you.

A prayer to say aloud—

Father God in heaven, I have faith in You without doubt.  I believe in You and Jesus with all my heart.  Jesus is Lord, and I want Jesus to be Lord over my life.  I believe that you raised Jesus from the dead.  I believe and desire to obey all of your words.  I am a sinner, born into this life that is lost for all without you.  I am sorry for all my sins, for every sinful thought and all falseness that I ever followed.  Forgive me for my sins.  I call to you Jesus to save me.

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