Praise God for our salvation in Christ Jesus! But have you ever stopped to think about exactly what happened when you were saved?
There are many believers who don’t really understand what happened to them when they bowed their knees to Christ. I want to take a few posts to look at our salvation in detail.
What is our salvation all about? To some it simply means that they decided to be good. To others it means that they’re going to try and follow the teachings of Jesus. That is NOT Christianity.
It all starts with an understanding of our condition without Christ.
…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…
Our problem is sin. You probably already know that the word sin, in both the Greek and Hebrew, means to miss the mark. That means that we’re all deficient, inferior to, God’s glory. Even though we were created in the image of God, in Adam we’ve fallen from that high position.
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you were born, or how good you are. In Adam, the whole human race is guilty of sin – missing the mark. But as bad as that is, it gets worse.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned…
It turns out that sin brought a friend with him – death – separation from God. Who is under the penalty of death? EVERYONE! Death is the penalty for not living up to the glory of God.
You can look at it this way; every human being ever born was born onto the path that leads to death. There’s no reversing it, no exits, do not pass go, and it leads straight to hell. But, praise God, that’s not the end of the story.
Christ came to the earth as a man, God made flesh. He took on humanity, but lived a life totally without sin.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin.
Because it was He who created us, we came from Him, only He had the power to take our place. That’s the concept of substitution. He took our place on the cross in the penalty for our sin.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus Christ took our sin to the cross and paid the price for it. Then He sealed it by rising from the dead.
Now we come along, thousands of years later, on this path that leads to death. We can’t leave it or even turn around. We hear the Gospel of Christ. We decide to accept what Christ did for us by faith.
That’s when everything changed. In my next post I’ll talk about exactly what happened in the spirit on the day you trusted Christ.
Question: What were the events that led to your salvation?
© Nick Zaccardi 2016