As we saw yesterday, Christ paid the price for our sins. Today, we’ll see what it takes for us to benefit from His sacrifice.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Rom 10:9-10)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Rom 10:13)
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (Joh 3:14-18)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Eph 2:8-9)
Calling on the Name of the Lord
It’s wonderful that Jesus Christ has paid the price for all our sins, but that alone is not enough to save us. If it were, everyone would be saved. It’s clear from the Bible, though, that not everyone is not saved. So what’s missing? Unbelief, an absence of faith, is what separates the lost from the saved.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (Joh 3:36)
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. (Heb 4:1-2)
Believe … Have Eternal Life
What would eternal life be worth to you if you could buy it? How much money would you pay to avoid going to Hell? How hard would you work if you could earn a place in Heaven by your good deeds? If it were possible, you’d give all that you had to save you eternal soul. And God has the right establish any requirements He wants to gain His favor.
So what does God require? What payment does He demand for the forgiveness of our sins and a place in Heaven? He requires that we admit that we are sinners in need of what Christ did for us. We must believe that Christ’s sacrifice completely paid sin’s penalty. We must receive Christ personally as our Savior. We either believe on Christ and have eternal life, or reject Christ and remain under the wrath of God.
God made the plan of salvation so simple that a child could believe it and receive it. He made it so simple that anyone from any circumstance or background could believe and be saved.
What About You?
- Have you trusted Christ as your Savior?
- Have you asked others to trust Christ personally?