5. Christ is the only Savior, not a co-Savior to help you save yourself.
“I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:11)
“But I am the LORD your God…you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior.” (Hosea 13:4)
“…the Father has sent His Son as Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:14)
Give up trying to save yourself. Your role is sinner. His role is Savior The Savior doesn’t need your help. You’ve done all the sinning. He does all the saving.
6. Who is your faith in, Jesus Christ + yourself, or Him alone ?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, вЂ?Believe in the
Lord Jesus and you will be saved’” (Acts 16:31)
Psychology tells you to believe in yourself. But, the Son of God says, “Deny yourself; believe in Me.” I don’t know about you, but I’m going to listen to the Son of God, instead of Freud, Jung, and their followers.
The reason God refused to forgive my sins was because I was trusting in my own good works, instead of trusting in His Son, Jesus Christ. I was ignorant of the good news of Jesus Christ…
вЂў God created the heavens and the earth.
вЂў We have sinned against this holy, righteous, sinless God.
вЂў Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth and did many miracles.
вЂў He died on a cross to pay for sins.
вЂў He rose in power from the dead.
вЂў He ascended to the throne of heaven where He rules.
вЂў He will return to earth to raise the dead and judge us all.
вЂў Turn from your sin, and trust in the Lord Jesus to save you.
Then the Lord opened my heart to see that whatever sins I had to giveup in this short, 70-year life would be worth it in light of eternity. At age 18, He gave me new life, granting me repentance from sin, and the gift of faith in His Son.
I told Him, “I don’t want to sin against you anymore.” The heavy burden of guilt I’d carried for two years was removed. I literally felt like I was walking on air! He also calmed my fear of hell and replaced it with peace in His presence.
Finally, I knew God!
A Bible-Teaching Church
(Not a Bible-Quoting Church)
About a year later, I started attending an independent, non- denominational church that taught verse-by-verse through whole books of the Bible. The pastor was preaching a series about love through 1 Corinthians 13. I still remember the first sermon because it was the first time I’d ever heard Bible teaching (instead of mere Bible quoting.)
He explained the meaning of the verse, and applied it to our lives in specific ways. Something resonated in my heart saying, “This is good!” So, I continued attending that church every Sunday.
Plus, I started attending a college fellowship group. I got to know other Christians who were zealous for God. Their zeal rubbed-off on me. We fellowshipped together, prayed together, and sang together. And, I grew like a weed!
Some of my friends told me that I needed to be baptized. Others told me that my infant baptism was enough. They both gave me books defending their views. I decided to test their books by Scripture. So, I looked-up every occurrence of the word “baptism” in the Bible.
It was clear in the Bible that baptism was for those who repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. So, I obeyed the Lord in baptism.
Today, I’m not the same man I was as a teenager. Yes, I still struggle with sin sometimes, but not like I did before knowing God. He has given me new power to change old habits of sin. And, He’s multiplying His peace and joy in my life. I can’t wait to be with Him someday!
Most Bible quotes are from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version by Crossway Bibles.