Jesus is salvation! Let there be no doubt. His name literally is: “I Am Salvation” (Ps. 35:3; Matt. 1:21). There is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:12). Of this salvation the prophets diligently searched, and declared that one day the ends of earth would see it (I Pet. 1:10). Taking Jesus in his arms, Simeon testified: “Mine eyes have seen thy salvation” (Luke 2:30). Stopping on His way to the cross, Jesus told Zacchaeus, “Salvation is come to your house” (Luke 19:9). Salvation is in Jesus and belongs to Jesus (Ps. 3:8; 62:7). Jesus is the Lord, the Author, the Captain, and Defender of salvation, the Helmet, the Shield, the Rock, the Horn, and High tower of salvation (Deut. 32:15; Luke 1:69; Heb. 2:10; 5:9). His glory is great in salvation (Ps. 21:5)!
He is called Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21). Completely. It is salvation of both body and soul from sin. It is salvation from sin’s right to rule, its shame, and blood-guilt by the imputation of His own righteousness (Ps. 24:5; 51:14). His salvation is from sin’s dominion and power by the implanting of His own Spirit, whereby the saved are brought from captivity, delivered from wickedness, gathered into the church, led in the truth, helped, and taught by God (Ps. 25:5; 53:6; 38:22; I Chron. 16:35).
Since those saved are by nature dead and undeserving sinners, salvation is pure mercy and grace. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost (Tit. 3:5). Even when we were dead in sins, God has quickened us together with Christ; by grace ye are saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Eph. 2:5, 8). Besides, we are appointed, not to wrath, but to obtain this salvation that is in and by Jesus Christ (I Thess. 5:9; II Tim. 2:10).
Salvation has been fully accomplished, yet is being perfected, so that we are saved by hope (Rom. 8:24). Jesus first came to be offered bearing the sins of many; and will come a second time without sin unto salvation (Heb. 9:28). This perfection of salvation is certain, for we are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (I Pet. 1:5). By an eternal priesthood Jesus is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him (Heb. 7:25). And being now justified by His blood, much more we shall be saved from wrath through Him; for if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (Rom. 5:9-10).
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:12). According to His own purpose and grace given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, He has saved us and called us with a holy calling (II Tim. 1:9). Being clothed with salvation, we are called to show forth His salvation from day to day, to see, rejoice in, and also wait in hope for salvation (Gen. 49:18; Exod. 14:13; I Sam. 2:1; II Chron. 6:31; Is. 61:10; Ps. 96:2). We are chosen to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth (II Thess. 2:3). Godly sorrow works repentance unto salvation (II Cor. 7:10).
How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation (Heb. 2:3)?! To us and to the ends of the earth is this salvation sent by the foolishness of preaching (Acts 13:26; I Cor. 1:18-21). The way of salvation is revealed by the Word, which is able to make us wise unto salvation through faith; and by the preaching of the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes (Acts 16:17; Eph. 1:13; Rom. 1:16; II Tim. 3:15).
Therefore, if you shall call upon the name of the Lord, confess Jesus with your mouth, and believe in your heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, you shall certainly be saved (Rom. 10:9-13). For Jesus is salvation, Jesus whom you love, and in whom, though you see Him not, yet believing, may rejoice with joy unspeakable.
For the end of faith is perfect, full and free salvation (I Pet. 1:8-9).
Rev. William A. Langerak (Wife: Karen)
Ordained: September 2003
Pastorates: Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI - 2003Website: www.southeastprc.org/
Address1543 Cambridge Ave SE
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