What constitutes salvation in Jesus? This is a very important question because there are many people who believe they have it, but what do they base it on? Let's first discuss what it is not. Salvation in Jesus is not...
* based on a feeling.
* an emotional high.
* a result of speaking in tongues.
* a result of baptism.
* a result of going to church.
* a result of worshipping on Saturday.
* following some law or religious system.
* based on good works.
* simply believing that Jesus existed.
What IS salvation in Jesus?
Salvation is realizing you are a sinner in need of God's grace and forgiveness. It is recognizing Jesus as the ONLY savior, and calling upon Him by putting your faith and trust in His death and resurrection. What does this involve?
Salvation in Jesus involves true confession. Romans 10:9-10 tells us that one needs to confess with the mouth and believe in the heart that Jesus was raised from the dead. Billy Graham, in his most recent book entitled, "The Reason For My Hope," summed it up quite succintly in five words on page 181:it is a "conscious act of your will."
Confession includes three things:
1. One must confess Jesus as God in human flesh. (I John 4:2)
2. One must confess Jesus as the ONLY savior. (Acts 4:12, Matthew 1:21, Romans 3:23-24, I Timothy 4:10, II Timothy 1:10, Titus 2:13, John 4:42, and Isaiah 43:11)
3. One must confess Jesus as Lord. (John 20:28, Romans 10:9 and 12)
True confession believes in the literal and bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead, as stated in Romans 10:9-10. I Corinthians 15:1-4,14, and 17 also state that the resurrection is the whole basis for the Christian belief in Jesus. It says without the resurrection one's faith is worthless, you will die in your sins, and that preaching the Gospel is worthless,(which means that I might as well not have spent my time writing this article).
There are also five EVIDENCES of salvation.
1. Baptism. This is something that can be done right away after conversion as a symbolic picture of true salvation, and as a public profession of faith in Jesus.
2. A change in one's attitudes and desires.
3. Purity and obedience to biblical teachings. There are some things that you will want to stop doing, and other things that you will begin doing, not out of legalism or following a law, but out of love for God, and because of a change of attitude and heart.
4. Emotional healing from one's past, if applicable.
5. Deliverance from addictions, if applicable.
These last three may not occur right away, but as one allows God to work in the heart and will, there will be changes and freedom.
If you have not experienced true confession and conversion, may you make that decision today.