Salvation is the message of the gospel, the church, and the leadership that presents the gospel. Jesus came into the world and coming into the world he gave up his life to redeem humanity. We are saved by Christ alone and only the blood of Jesus Christ can wash away our sins. This is the message of the gospel and what we preach from the pulpits.
So, how does one find salvation? We find salvation by accepting Jesus Christ through confession, and at that moment we will be saved from our sins. It is as simple as making a confession that we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our saviour we are saved, and from that point on we are on the road to eternity.
With this frame of mind, we seem to believe all there is to salvation is the saving of our souls without realizing salvation has much more to do with our need to be saved because of a coming reality.
Most of us do not take into consideration we need to be saved because of what took place some six thousand years ago. And if we were to realize and understand this need for salvation, we would not treat the issue lightly but would consider the urgency of this need realizing we need to be saved because of a coming judgment. Podcast
Preparing for the day
Preaching the message of the gospel in the hope the world will respond to the call to salvation or Jesus Christ. We do not often realize as we preach to save the human soul there is also a need for us to preserve the human life as he lives.
Often when we preach this message regarding the coming of Jesus Christ, hell, and heaven, we often forget to remind the world and those coming to the redeeming quality of Jesus Christ that there is also a need for us to prepare for the coming day of judgment because who knows if we might live to see that day.
The message of salvation is always geared toward saving the human soul, it is always geared towards repenting for this time and age before it is too late. We may die at any moment, this is true. But as we preach the need for salvation, we must also remember, we may live to see the appointed day.
There is a day appointed for judgment, and we should preach the message of salvation. But there are two sides to this need, and two outcomes we should prepare for when it comes to the redemption of our souls.
If we live and prepare for the day, we die without preparing for the day we might live to see, which is the return of Jesus Christ. We might find we save our souls without preserving our lives for the days leading up to the return of Jesus Christ.
The appointed day
Receiving the revelation of Jesus Christ and God’s word, this was what John shared regarding the appointed day of the Lord. Revelation 19:11-15 “I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, he doth judge and makes war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
The day and appointed hour, and the day of Jesus’ return will be a day of the war, a day of judgment, and the day of God’s wrath. Jesus upon his return will pour out God’s vengeance against his enemies. This Jesus we love because he seems weak and harmless will on the day of his appearance destroy his enemies.
Preparing for the saving of our souls by coming to Jesus Christ, it is also important we prepare for this day revealed by John. And having this message, it would be foolish for us to think salvation is only dealing with the saving of our souls after we die.
Preserving our lives on earth
We find in proverbs a message and promise of God to both the wicked and the righteous. Proverbs 2:21-22, The upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.”
The scripture told us, “We all have sinned and came short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. And so we know death is an appointment for everyone born in this world. It is God’s judgment upon humanity. Bible Gateway
As a result, Jesus came into the world to do two things, to offer himself as a sacrifice for sins, and to make way for our salvation. He offered himself as a living sacrifice so that we might come into the mercy of God and find forgiveness for our sins.
We through Jesus Christ have found peace with God because of the shed blood of Jesus who gave himself up as a living sacrifice. At this point and should we die before his return; we will not suffer the wrath of God in hell. God through Jesus has provided for our redemption from the grave.
However, we should not believe that was all that was provided for us because revealing Jesus came into the world to die for us, he also came to warn and direct us on how to be ready for his return, and the coming judgment.
These provisions of Jesus Christ are the complete message of salvation. Salvation is not only about the human soul, but also about our readiness for the return of Jesus Christ.