Is Salvation Important?

The main theme of Christianity is that Jesus Christ is the Saviour.

The main issue for humans is whether we accept Jesus as our Saviour.

What difference does it make?

It comes down to sin and how we deal with it.

On the day of Pentecost – a main Jewish Feast day – the apostle Peter stood up and addressed a crowd of thousands. He told them that throughout their scriptures – the Law and the Prophets – there were many mentions and prophecies about Israel’s coming Messiah.

They should have known all about Him.

But, when Jesus arrived on the scene and began to fulfil the prophecies, he managed to upset the authorities. At the same time, the common people ‘heard Him gladly’.

So, when Peter preached that day, he held nothing back. He told them exactly who Jesus was, and that through blindness and ignorance they had just crucified their own Messiah!

Their sin became very clear to them, and they were pricked in their conscience. They were guilty, and they knew it.

They replied “What should we do?” They knew they had sinned and were in trouble with God.

Peter said “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38

If we are guilty… and know it, there’s just two things to do to get right with God…

Do both of those and you have God’s word that you will be saved. Not only that, you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Some say the Holy Spirit, it’s the same thing.)

What a wonderful promise from God to each one of us. He will take away our sin and give us the Holy Spirit – His very own life, living in us.

So, not only is there the problem of our sin, but there is a solution for the problem!

If you’re struggling with the idea that you have sinned and you need to put it right, then do exactly as Peter said:

Repent – which means to totally change your heart and mind, and stop following your urges and habits and destructive lifestyle.

Be baptised – which is by immersion, and in the name of Jesus Christ. Find a church which works according to Scripture, and they will be glad to baptise you.

I would add a third step: Read or listen to your Bible every day: it is our spiritual Daily Bread.

There are many passages of God’s Word to support this topic, both generally and in detail. Some of these will be posted in another post in this category.

Thank you, and may God bless you for reading

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