Summary: If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had
The Majestic Mystery of Great Salvation-Part-4
What does it mean to be saved?
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."(Mathew 1:21)
If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior. Jesus Christ is our living, breathing sign of the immeasurable love that God has had for all of us from the very beginning. Christ is the living promise that we are never ever alone. No matter where we are in life, no matter in what condition we find ourselves, no matter how far we might stray away, or how unfaithful we are, God, the supreme lover, will pursue us in love for eternity! It’s a love that never stops shining. Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin.
The word Salvation has become corrupted, as various doctrines of various beliefs defined it differently. Eventually, these different definitions combined, confused and crippled the people. So it’s time we understand this important concept completely, and reach agreement to the basic tenets of Salvation, so our own walk with the Lord and our ministry efforts are fruitful and reveal the wonderful Grace of our LORD God.
The Hebrew word for Salvation that is written in the Old Testament of the Word of God is "Yeshuwah” and means literally "something saved" and abstractly "deliverance".
The Greek word for Salvation that is written in the New Testament of the Word of God is "Soteria" and means literally the act of "physcial and moral rescue.
When I was Nine years old, I almost drowned in a River along with my five year old sister. We were riding in a small wooden boat in front of our house. Earlier my father has warned me that the river is deep and moreover it was the time of flood; “Be very careful otherwise you could drown if we fell in”. Suddenly our boat drifted with the current of water and overturned, though I tried my best to grab my sister and reach out to grab shore, but failed and slowly slide into the water along with my sister .we couldn't swim. I remember going under water twice and was on the way down for the third time. Meanwhile one of my brothers was up on the shore screaming and shouting. My father heard the noise and jumped in to the river and lifted me and my sister out of water and saved our life. As we all know too well, life often confronts us with unexpected or painful circumstances. Sometimes these situations leave us feeling fearful, discouraged, and frustrated. But During such troubling moments, one thing we need is a savior who can jump in to save us. We cannot save ourselves. Titus 3:5, Ephe. 2: 8-9. “We need the saviour -- Jesus Christ, to take away our sins and to bring us to God. (1 Pet. 3:18).
Now With regards to the concept of salvation, there are several underlined facts in the concept of the man. One of the concepts is that he is capable enough to save himself. In other words, he can save himself by his own efforts. Let me make it very clear here that no man is able to save himself. Example -- You may suppose that I had slept and fell into a deep river and I do not know swimming. For some time, I fell in the water and there I attempt to catch my own hair in order to save myself. As you know it is practically impossible for me to catch hold of my own hair and lift myself. In this manner, a miserable man who is sinking in drunkenness, drugs, unrighteousness, superstition, immorality, terrorism, corruption, half truths, wickedness, adultery, idolatry, dead traditions, brainwashing and evil imagination. Man who is sinking in the evil and sinful sea, you cannot save yourself from the trap you are caught in. Now a rat that fell in a trap, how much struggle and efforts it makes even though blood and water come out, it cannot escape from the trap. As a matter of fact, you are by the things that defeats you, and you get defeated and the things that subject your body, mind and soul, you know it well that you are the slave of these things, those things, neither can you save yourself nor you can save by the various efforts of your own body that which is inferior. Jesus Christ, the son of God, loves us and gave Himself up for us, that He might redeem us from all wickedness.(Eph.5:2, Titus 2:14).