Because

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

Titus 3:3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.

The only sin left in our fallen culture is to even hint at, or remotely suggest, that someone might be a sinner and is in dire need of being saved. But the Bible is clear throughout that “all sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). If this is true, and it is, then we are all in need of getting saved.

Are you saved? Not are you “good” or do “good” things (even religious good things)? Are you saved? Not are you enlightened, woke, self-actualized, moral, kind, spiritual, or a church going, law-abiding, tax-paying, citizen?

Are you saved because you totally trust nothing else but Savior, Jesus Christ, to save you? Are you saved because you have decisively changed your mind and have quit trying to save yourself? Are you saved because you realize that all that dark and sinful stuff in your heart and mind will never be forgiven and forgotten, redeemed and restored unless you trust in God’s salvation which he mercifully displayed in the crucifixion of his “only begotten Son?”

Someday we will all stand before God in what Scripture refers to as the “Great Judgment.” On that day God will ask us one question, “Why should I allow you to enjoy eternal life with me?” If we start our answer with the word “I” we will not be enjoying eternal life with him. If, however, we start that sentence with “Because” “Because of what your Son has done for me” then we will be saved forevermore.

Agape,

Pj

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