Posts Tagged ‘Salvation

11
Sep
19

The Baptism That Saves You

Noah and his family were saved by God from the floodwaters that overwhelmed the earth. Peter, in describing baptism, uses the flood imagery to show that God still saves us through water. Here’s what he wrote in 1 Peter 3:21 (NLT):

And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Notice that the water does not save us. The water is neither holy nor magical. We are saved by the power of God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is at the moment of baptism when we are saved, according to Peter. He said in Acts 2:38 (ESV):
Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. When we are baptized, our sins are forgiven by God’s grace through faith and trust in Jesus Christ and we are filled with God’s Spirit. If you have never been baptized as a believer in Jesus, what are you waiting for? Let your pastor know that you want to be baptized. Let this powerful experience be a fresh start for you.

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19
Aug
19

Winning Your Husband Over

In 1 Peter 3, the apostle Peter turns his attention to various groups of people in the church. He first writes to Christian wives, some of whom had unbelieving husbands. He wrote in 1 Peter 3:1-2 (NLT):
In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over 2 by observing your pure and reverent lives.
He says that godly wives must accept the order of authority God had instituted in the household. God has given the husband the responsibility of leading his family. Rather than trying to usurp his authority, a wife is to support her husband as he leads the family. But what about situations where a husband doesn’t follow Jesus and he doesn’t lead his family spiritually? The goal of every believer should be to point those within our sphere of influence to Jesus. Wives, if your husband doesn’t believe in Jesus yet, you should be trying to win him over by the way that you live. The temptation may be to leave, but your responsibility is to love. Love your husband unconditionally into a relationship with Jesus. When he sees how God’s love has changed your life, he’ll want to know the Savior, too.
27
Jun
19

The Attention Of Angels

The prophets of Israel spoke by the Holy Spirit for centuries. Their message was not even for themselves. Their prophecies about the Messiah were for a later generation. This is what Peter told the first century believers.
1 Peter 1:12 says,

They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.

The angels of Heaven eagerly watch for people of earth to come to faith in Jesus. I wonder if it is because Heaven is so awesome that the angels don’t want anyone to miss it. Jesus said that the angels of Heaven rejoice when sinners repent. The angels celebrate every time someone puts their trust in Jesus for salvation. We should celebrate, too. We can do many wonderful deeds in Jesus’ name, but if we’re not pointing people to the cross and the empty tomb, it is all in vain. Nothing is more important than trusting Christ for salvation. Nothing.

26
Jun
19

Looking Forward To Salvation

Have you ever looked forward to something like a vacation or an event? Maybe it was the birth of your first grandchild or when you graduated from college. Perhaps it was the day you were closing on your first house. The prophets of ancient Israel were looking forward to an event according to the apostle Peter. This is what he wrote in 1 Peter 1:10-11 about the salvation we have received from God. He said…
This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward. – 1 Peter 1:10-11 (NLT)
For thousands of years, the prophets of Israel anticipated the coming Messiah. Jesus was the fulfillment of those prophecies. The salvation that Jesus brought to the world was prophesied about by Moses, David, Isaiah, Malachi and many others. Then, when Jesus was born, everything came to fruition and everything changed. He was crucified and then raised back to life and nothing has been the same since. Salvation is for everyone!
25
Jun
19

Seeing Is Believing, Right?

Seeing is believing, right? That’s what we tell ourselves in modern society. If I can’t test it or see it, then I can’t trust it. That’s what makes faith so hard for so many people. They don’t know if they can trust what they’ve never seen. They don’t know if they can believe in something they can’t test and verify in a lab. They struggle with faith.
1 Peter 1:8-9 says –
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
Salvation requires faith and trust in Jesus Christ, whom we have not seen. Faith is believing in the seemingly unbelievable. The New Testament says that our faith seems like foolishness to people. The cross is foolishness. A God who loved the world sent His only Son to die on a Roman cross as the perfect human sacrifice to take away our sins. What does God require of us? That we simply accept this free gift of grace by believing in Jesus, repenting of sin, and acknowledging our faith by confessing Jesus as Savior and being baptized. When God forgives our sins, He chooses to forget them. Every single one of them. Seems almost unbelievable, right? But it’s true! This is what fills us with joy. Knowing that we are loved and forgiven because of what Jesus did fills us with joy. As you go about your day today, remember that God has forgiven you and it’s not because of any great thing you’ve done. It’s because of what Jesus has done. Hold onto that faith today and believe the unseen.
25
Sep
18

Jesus And The Law

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made it clear that He was not doing away with the Law of Moses. Rather, He was going to do what no one else had ever done nor could ever do again. He was going to keep it perfectly. Jesus said:

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. – Matthew 5:17-18 (NIV)

We could never keep the Law perfectly, but that doesn’t give us a license to sin against God or others. Instead, Jesus calls us to a higher standard. He calls us into a loving relationship with God by grace through faith in Him. When we enter into this relationship with God, we are filled with God’s Spirit who transforms us from the inside out. Instead of striving to earn grace, we rest in it. Instead of trying to earn salvation, we accept it as a gift. This gift is so amazing that we want to obey God because we love Him and we love people.
18
Sep
18

Pointing People To Peace

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins with several beatitudes. These are little statements that point us in the right direction. It begins with a recognition of one’s own spiritual poverty. As Jesus goes along, He describes the path to a right relationship with God as your Heavenly Father. As we grow and discover how to have peace with God, we are to point others to peace with God. Jesus said:

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

Our Heavenly Father desires peace between Himself and people. Because of sin, humanity is at war with God. He sent Jesus to bring about peace between us. We did all of the sinning and Jesus does all of the saving. He makes peace possible through His death and resurrection. Those who have received His peace are now called to be peacemakers. Pray for someone you know who needs Jesus. May you have an opportunity to be a peacemaker today.



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