Salvation is deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ. Every human being (except for Jesus Christ) has sinned.
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
Explanation from the above verse.
Before we became a born again Christian we rebelled against God wanting to do what we want to do just like the prodigal son. We were wayward and willingly did what we thought was right until we realized we are nothing without the help of our heavenly Father.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
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Explanation from the above verse.
The moment the son came to his senses is where repentance took place. In the same way, the moment we’ve realized we are living in sin and decide to turn away from our sinful ways is where change takes place in our lives.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The penalty for sin is death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
When I was a teenager I lived my life however I wanted, and never considered the consequences of my wrong choices or behavior. I never thought about my purpose in life or the hereafter. Death was not something in my vocabulary by asking an important question, where would I after I die? What life is all about and why am I here?
Salvation starts the moment the prodigal son repented and went home and asked his father’s forgiveness. According to Galatians 2:16, “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but faith in Jesus Christ even we have believed in Christ Jesus that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”
We no longer required to practice a certain ritual by bringing a sacrifice before the Lord as stated in the Old Testament for we are saved through grace by putting our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. “If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (NIV)
What is Christianity?
Christianity is a process. Salvation is the first stage of Christianity, and eventually, be sanctified or being changed from glory to glory. Our physical body might be dying and deteriorating due to old age, but our spiritual body is being renewed daily.
We are being transformed by God by taking away any impurities out of our lives, any bad habits, and bad behavior. We can no longer live like the rest of the world for we are no longer living for ourselves but for Christ alone.
I grew up believing that just because I go to church every Sunday and recite prayers out of a habit that I was living a righteous life before God. However, religion can’t save you.
If there is no evidence that there’s a change in your life where you are dead to sin and alive to Christ then you can’t say that you are a Christian or claim to be Jesus’ disciple. We are known by the fruit on how we choose to live our lives.
Christianity doesn’t promise a happy life only, but you will encounter many trials. Testing is when we can develop our faith. We will suffer persecution especially with the ones that we love the most. Your family will persecute you when they don’t agree or understand your conversion.
We must count the cost when following Christ and we must be willing to deny ourselves and pick up our cross. Christianity will cost you something. There are people in your life that will understand you or will start to stay away from because they don’t understand your choice to follow Jesus.
Although we are saved by grace and not by works, we don’t have to liberty to do whatever we pleased for we have been bought by the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. The life we now have belongs to Christ. We are now indwelt by the Holy Spirit the moment you have received Christ in your life.
Our flesh is weak but our spirit is willing to do what is pleasing to the Lord. Until we die we will always have a battle between our flesh and our spirit. Our flesh wants to do against God’s will, but our spirit is willing to yield to God’s leading and obey God’s direction.
We are promised to be given a new immortal body when Christ returns that we will be transformed in a blink of an eye at his appearing.
God doesn’t expect us to be perfect but as long as we confess in our mouth that we have sinned, He is faithful to forgive us of our sin. We must examine our hearts and ask God to lead us to the right path.