What does Salvation mean?

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I was in my first year of college at Silliman University when someone first shared the gospel to me. I was told that I only had to accept Christ as Lord and savior in order to be saved. Salvation, I was told, was a gift that I could accept if I wanted to. It wouldn’t be forced on me. It was my choice to make.

But what does salvation really mean?

This was our topic tonight at GLC 2 (Global Leadership Center). GLC is a series of classes scheduled once a week at our church CCF (Christ Commission Fellowship). It’s purpose is to equip us to go beyond barriers to share the gospel to as many people as possible and to help us live a life for Christ.

Salvation is more than just the forgiveness of sins. Our speaker tonight gave us 3 things that happen when we receive the gift of salvation.

Born again. Once we accept Christ as Lord and Saviour, we are born again. Our old self no longer exists. This is our rebirth. Our chance to be new again.

New creation. Salvation is about us being a new creation is Christ Jesus.

New nature. Salvation is about having a new nature. Our old nature, the nature that wants to sin and do dishonorable things will still be there, fighting to win over our new nature. How can we win? We can win by starving the old nature and feeding the new. It’s only by focusing on God that we will be able to achieve victory in our life.

1 Peter 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

It’s not about being perfect or never sinning again, because no one is righteous. Good works cant save us. Only faith can.

Ephesians 2:8-10

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Once you accept Christ, it’s impossible for you to be the same. You will be slowly changed by God. Salvation leads to a changed life. Jesus isn’t interested in making a few touch ups – he wants a complete renovation. We think tune-up, but Jesus wants an overhaul. When we choose to follow him, Jesus will turn our lives upside down. He isn’t interested in having uncommitted followers. He wants complete and total dependence on Him.

God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way

-Mac Lucado

What then is role of good words?

If we are saved through salvation and not by good works, what then is role of good works?

Good works are a result of a life lived for Christ. It cannot bring us salvation. But good works result from having Christ in our life. Because again, once Christ is in us, we will be changed.

What next?

After everything God has done, what is our response?

We are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. Worship isn’t only about going to church on Sundays or attending bible study. Worship is a lifestyle. Living a life as a sacrifice – holy and pleasing to God.

I admit that this is something I need to work on. When it comes to living a life of worship, I’m not as consistent as I should be. Some days, I get it. On other days, I fall into sin again. This is why I need the Lord more than ever. Because I can never do it on my own. I can only triumph over sin through His grace alone.

How about you? Do you live your life in worship?

God isn’t after perfection but a transformed life. All He asks is for you to let Him in.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

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