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The Necessities of True Salvation

By Pastor James Black | March 7, 2016

In Acts 16:25-30 the jailor of Philippi ask Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Today there are a lot of people that are saying they are saved but never produce any fruit or evidence of a spiritual birth. In the 1970’s the scriptures known as the Romans Road became very popular among Christians as a witnessing tool. However, over time this has become more of an intellectual checklist of substitute salvation. Let’s begin by reviewing these verses from the book of Romans –

1- Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” ; well this is certainly true.

2- Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This is true as well! Thank the Lord God!

3- Romans 5:8 -“ But God commendeth his love toward us, in that , while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” Thanks be to God for such love and grace!

4- Romans 10:9-“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Yes sir, this is God’s promise.

5- Romans 10:13- “For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This is God’s invitation to all.

Now all of these verses speak the truth, however we have come to the place that we use this as an intellectual salvation and not a true repentance of sin unto salvation. I would like to give you briefly 3 things that I believe are necessary for true salvation to take place.

The first is Realization, found in Luke 5:8-9. When Peter saw the massive amount of fish caught simply by obeying Christ command, he and the others were astonished and Peter replied “ I am a sinful man.” For a lost soul to even begin the salvation pathway they must first see the realization of Jesus as the person of God and to see his power as God. There is little hope for someone who has never been astonished by the majesty of God and his glory.

The second portion is the Recognition found in Luke 18:13. When the publican came to the place of prayer he had already reached the end of his rope. Notice his misery, the place he found was “afar off”. We must recognize that we are the enemies of God. Then there is his position, “humility”, he would not even lift his eyes to heaven. When we become aware that we are sinners we must come broken and humble before God. Last of all was his pain, “he smote his breast”. The sad thing about sinners is that God must bring most of us to the place of utter failure, to where we see no other help than God. It is then that we recognize God’s mercy – “to me a sinner”. In Psalm 7:11 it says God is angry with the wicked every day, but the Word also says in II Peter 3:9 that He doesn’t want any to perish. God’s mercy can only be found by a broken and contrite spirit.

The last bridge to cross to God’s true salvation is in Acts 9:1-6 and it is Resignation. When Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus we see 3 things that Saul resigned. The first one was his will, he fell to the earth. You will find repeated in the scriptures that when men saw God they fell before him in submission. A soul cannot come to God in faith without surrendering their will and life to him. God doesn’t save the proud and boastful, only those who humble before him. Next Saul surrendered his wisdom – “who art thou Lord?” When someone truly comes to Jesus for redemption his immediate reaction is to know who Jesus is. Romans 10:14 says how can they call if they do not know. Then the last resignation is the work, “what will thou have me to do?” When true salvation comes to a sinner they will change their work, or life. If there is no outer change in the lifestyle of an individual there has probably never been an inward change.

True salvation is more than checking off a list of verses and repeating a sinner’s prayer, it is seeing and knowing the glorious God of heaven and his son, Jesus Christ who died on the cross for the sins of the world. Friend don’t be fooled by the practice of religion – know for sure that what you have is real – True Salvation!

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