Salvation in "1001" Words
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"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name [Jesus Christ] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Act 4:12)
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (Gen 1:1)
God has always existed, and there is no other, there was nothing beside God, and at one stage God decided to create. There is nothing created that God did not create and gave life to. Only God has life in Himself. Everything that exists belongs to God, we are not our own and He has total Sovereignty over it, including humans and He can dispose of His creation at His pleasure and will; and no one or anything can stay His hand from doing what He wants to do.
In time He created the man Adam, in His Image and Glory placing him in a special garden, Eden, where everything was freely available to him except for a test of obedience: "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die." (Gen 2:17). Eventually God extracted Eve from Adam and made her the glory of man. (1Co 11:7-9)
Soon after, Eve was deceived by Satan (an angelic being hell bent to destroy humans) and fell into transgression eating the forbidden fruit giving it also to her husband, who ate it. Having disobeyed God (sinned) they died spiritually (eventually also naturally) and were expelled from Eden and sent into this valley of tears. "Therefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, so death passed onto all men, for all have sinned." (Rom 5:12)
As a direct result in disobeying God, they received the punishment due to their violation:
To the woman for having been the catalyst to sin: "To the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in sorrow you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you." (Gen 3:16)
To the man for having listened to his wife: "17 And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are, and to dust shall you return." (Gen 3:17-19)
Thus sin has passed to all human beings: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Rom 3:23) all deserve death to Hell and there is absolutely nothing that can anyone give to be saved: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mat 16:26)
God, to show His requirements for salvation has given His Law (the 10 Commandments) but no man is capable of keeping them, thus there is no way out for man, on his own.
But God in His great mercy, at the right time, has provided a man divine, The Lord Jesus Christ, that, as a man, He lived a sinless life making Him fit to be a perfect and pure sacrifice pleasing to God to atone for the sins of His people. He was sacrificed on the cross covering with His spilled blood all the sins of the elect. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom 6:23) This salvation being applied to the saints, through the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune God, assuring them of eternal life, making us sincerely willing and ready to receive Him.
Those that can say promptly and honestly these words are saved: "9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. 10 For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made to salvation." (Rom 10:9-10)
Receiving this promise: "These things have I written to you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God." (1Jo 5:13)
Those that are saved testify freely and without delay that Jesus Christ is his Master, his Owner and his Saviour: "32 Whoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." (Mat 10:32-33)
If any human has reservation in saying the above words, then his salvation is in doubt: "He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God stays on him." (Joh 3:36)
Thus the Gospel of this glorious salvation is not based on human works so that no flesh can glorify in front of Him, but on obedience to God and a true belief in the sacrifice of Christ on the cross that covers indeed also your (mine) personal many sins.
"24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." (Jude 1:24-25)