The English dictionary describes salvation as a gift; one that saves and/or delivers from sin or evil and its consequences. This salvation which is the first step toward our faith, Christianity, is the beginning of many changes that take place in the life of any one who also wants to live according to this belief or faith that Christ imparted whilst He lived on earth. It is a spiritual change that takes place on the inside but with an outward expression. A spiritual change because a spirit that was once dead comes alive. I know this sounds really simple, maybe too simple to be true, but it is a lot of changing which only sounds simple because it is all done in the spirit. There is no way this change can remain contained in any person, it must express itself outwardly because it takes one over so completely that one has a different fragrance – an aroma of life. So it is that deliverance from sin that exposes the strength and ability of sin to twist a life so badly that it makes the life ugly because every life that is set free begins to glow with the glory of God. Sadly, many people think a life of sin is exciting when it is instead, a life in bondage and sorrow.
2 Corinthians 5: 17 – 18a “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ.”
Mathew 5: 14 & 15b “You are the light of the world…a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.”
Until one is set free, it is difficult to understand that the life they live could be much better. It is worthy of note that the life we live here on earth, determines where we end up in eternity – with Christ in heaven, which is God’s desire, or satan in hell. Fellowship is one of the principal reasons God made man. Man was meant to fellowship with God which said plan was upturned with the fall of Adam and Eve’s from grace. Not only did it become impossible for God to reasonably fellowship with man on earth because of sin, man’s lifestyle here on earth began to determine where he ends up in eternity. So God, after trying different short term and unfruitful ways to sustain a relationship with man, sent His only begotten son to offer His life and shed His blood for the remission of our sins and the destruction of every satanic work or stronghold in lives. The only thing God requires of us is our willingness to yield to Him. The idea is His and the capacity or grace to yield, He also provides. Fellowship with God leaves no one the same. No one fellowships with God with sincerity of heart and remains the same. His words are Spirit and as such, are life giving. They are not mere words but “A Person” hence their ability to change a man so much a sorrowful person is made joyous; the bound are set free and beauty is given for ashes.
Philippians 2: 13 “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
2 Corinthians 5: 21 “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
This gift is available to all mankind but only those who yield to God would have the capacity to respond to it correctly. God in making it available to all of mankind reinforces His desire for none to perish; a great act of mercy and show of God’s love. God’s desire is for none to live an unrewarding life on earth. He would love for none to end up in hell. Many who live this unrewarding life think they “live” but in truth, they don’t. The devil is in control of such lives, ruling them wickedly and using them as pawns. There are some who believe that they are in charge of their own lives so that neither God nor satan can tell them what to do. Such people have been sold a lie by satan because he is actually, in charge. At the end of the day, every man submits to one of two masters, either God or satan. As many as choose God enter total liberty because Jesus sets free all who choose Him as Master despite that they ought to be enslaved to Him since He paid the full price and even much more, to own them but He chose to set free every such person and works to ensure that we walk in the liberty He obtained for us. Salvation is a full package challenging everything you believed before you came to Jesus Christ and God makes available information that helps break the hold of satan over our minds, in God’s word. One thing is certain, salvation is not a weight or burden.
Galatians 5: 1 “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”
1 John 3: 8 “But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.”