Salvation—And What It Means for the Believer

In Job 14:14, Job asks, “If a man dies, shall he live again?” This question is essential to every human being. One answer is found in John 11:25-26. In this passage of Scripture, Jesus is responding to a statement made by Martha, one of the sisters of Lazarus. Lazarus was a dear friend of Jesus who had recently died, and Martha was saying that if Jesus had been there, her brother would not have died. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

“And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…. ”

What is crucial to understand here is that Jesus is not talking about natural or physical death. He uses this opportunity to state a profound truth that is the underlying fabric of all Christianity—that a person is either spiritually ALIVE or spiritually DEAD according to whether or not the person established a relationship with Christ while he or she was physically alive.

What It Means to be Spiritually Alive?

When a person confesses (accepts or receives) Jesus as Savior and Lord, this person is deemed to have experienced the new birth. He or she is now alive to God in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:22). This person is then said to be born again (John 3:3), saved (Romans 10:910), a child of God (John 1:12), or a Christian (1 Peter 4:16).

The opposite of saved, of course, is lost. Therefore, anyone who does not accept, or receive, or confess Jesus as Savior and Lord is considered a non- Christian, a non-Believer, unsaved, and condemned (John 3:16-18). But the Word tells us in 2 Peter 3:9 that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Why It Is Necessary to Confess Jesus to Be Saved?

When God created the Earth, He invested the totality of mankind in the first man, Adam. God gave Adam dominion over the earth and all that was in it (Genesis 1:26). The devil, in the form of a serpent, tempted Adam’s mate, Eve, to eat of the fruit of the tree that God had commanded Adam not to eat. She succumbed to this temptation, and when she offered the fruit to Adam, he also ate of it.

In this act of disobedience, Adam rejected God’s lordship over him. In effect,he put himself and his mate under the dominion of Satan. Because Adam represented all of mankind, this meant that all mankind would come under the dominion of Satan, and their ruler-ship of the Earth passed to him.

Spiritual Versus Natural Death

Losing dominion over the Earth was not the most tragic result of Adam’s transgression against God. The most tragic consequence was that Satan’s rebellious nature, called the “sin nature,” became a part of man’s nature. The sin nature spiritually separated mankind from God. This spiritual separation is called spiritual death.

When most people think of the word death, they think of the end of existence. This is how we have been conditioned to think of death in our society. But when the Bible talks about spiritual death, it is talking about something totally different. It is talking about being “cut off” or not in right standing with God. When you are spiritually dead, you still exist as a spirit person, living in a physical body. However, you exist separate and apart from the life and nature of God. What constitutes physical death is your spirit and soul separating from your body. This is when you physically die. But your spirit and soul continue living.

The body is buried or burned (as in the case of cremation) and returns to dust. The spirit and soul either ascend to heaven or descend to hell, depending on whether the person established a relationship with Christ while he or she was physically alive. God’s Solution for Man’s Condition

God is so good, and loves you and me so much, that even though Adam disobeyed Him, He did something about spiritual death so that we could escape it. That “something” is really a “someone” — His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus came to Earth in human form. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, He provided the redemption necessary for mankind to enjoy the father-child relationship that had existed with Almighty God before Adam’s sin.

There was, however, one added stipulation. Every person, upon reaching the age of accountability, must now choose between having God as his spiritual Father (by accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord), or having Satan as his spiritual head (by rejecting Jesus, whether or not the person realizes the choice he has made by his rejection). The age of accountability can differ in chronological age for each individual. Nevertheless, every individual who is given the opportunity to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior has a critical and lasting choice to make.

In Acts 4:12, the Apostle Peter says this about the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

And Jesus said in John 14:6, speaking about Himself:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

From these two verses alone, one can see that Jesus is God’s only way for man to be saved and, thereby, become spiritually alive. Passing From Death to Life Jesus said in John 5:24:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has

everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, BUT HAS PASSED FROM DEATH INTO LIFE.”

Normally, the cycle is to go from life to death. So what is Jesus talking about here? Every person who comes into this world inherits his or her parents’ sin nature. They received this nature from their parents, who got it from their parents, and so on down the line, all the way back to Adam and Eve. This nature is a spiritually dead nature. This is why the Bible says we move “from death into life” when we accept Jesus as our personal Savior and Lord. Notice the phrase, “But HAS passed from death into life.” Has is past- tense; it shows that an action has already taken place. This means that the moment a person confesses Jesus as Savior and Lord, he or she immediately becomes the possessor of eternal life. This person passes from death into everlasting life, and receives right standing with God.

Neither water baptism, church membership, confirmation, nor anything else can bring a man into a state of salvation. Only receiving Jesus as Savior can do this.

Everything Jesus did from the cross to the grave, He did on man’s behalf as our substitute. When He died, we died; when He arose from the dead, we arose from the dead; and when He defeated Satan in the pit of hell, we defeated Satan.

Jesus bought back for mankind everlasting redemption. He also made it possible for us to be overcomers in every situation of life through the operation of faith in the Bible as the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:1617).

Being born again, or saved, is the most important thing in your life. You should know whether you are saved as well as you know your own name. If you are not sure about your salvation, I urge you to stop right now and clear this matter up. Ask Jesus to come into your heart. Don’t let another minute go by!

Prayer for Salvation

Dear God, I come to You with a humble heart and with gratitude for sending Your SonJesus Christ to take away my sin that I might have right-standing with You. I accept Jesus now as my Savior and Lord, and I turn from my past life to a renewed life in You through Him. Dear heavenly Father, I thank You now for accepting me as Your child. You said in Your Word that if I confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I would be saved (Romans 10:9). I have just made this confession. I believe Your Word; I believe that I am now saved and I thank You for the gift of salvation and for accepting me as Your child. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.