God’s Promise of Salvation

First and foremost, the gift of salvation is exactly that … a gift.  It is not offered to us because we deserve it.  It is not something that can even be earned.  It is beyond any monetary value … it is priceless.  It is truly the gift of all gifts – a profound display of God’s love for mankind.  However, although God’s promise of salvation is free for you and me, it came at great cost to God.  The Bible tells us that He sent His one and only son, Jesus Christ, to earth to be the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

It is important to note in this verse that God’s gift of eternal life, while free, is conditional – whoever believes in His Son will have eternal life.  Therefore, we must believe in Jesus Christ in order to receive the gift.  We cannot earn salvation through our actions:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

As the Bible says, we are saved by grace through faith.  So what must we do to receive this gift?

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”  Romans 10:9

Therefore, according to scripture, if you believe in God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and you verbally declare that Jesus is Lord, and you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, then “you shall be saved.”  God’s promise of salvation is available to anyone and everyone who accepts His Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior.  Further, as explained by Dr. Zodhiates, the Apostle Paul informs us that when we become saved, we are also cleared of the guilt of sin and made righteous:

For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.”  Romans 5:19

“Above everything else, this must be understood: God does not only declare us justified, but makes us just (Rom. 5:19).  He clears us of the guilt of sin and gives us power against sin.”[1]

One way we demonstrate our appreciation to God for this amazing gift is to carry out our Christian responsibility – sharing God’s Word with others.  Therefore, when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to your door, remember the Great Commission.  What better time to share your faith, than when someone comes to your door to share theirs?


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