Text: Romans 3:21-26
What is Salvation? In this Context, Salvation means the deliverance or emancipation of the Spirit, Soul and Body of the fallen man from the bondage of Sin, Sickness and Satan. Salvation is a great thing in the economy of God. It is the costliest Heaven could afford for the fallen human race. The neglect of it is the costliest mistake any mortal can make on earth. It is a mistake with eternal consequences. The apostle Paul asked a thought provoking question in Hebrews 2:3 which no mortal has been able to provide a reasonable answer: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation. How shall anyone escape the wrath of God, how shall you escape eternal damnation, if you neglect or despise this mother of all spiritual blessings called Salvation”? The fall of Adam from grace to grass affected his Spirit, Soul and body, and by extension, the human race. The entire human race was in his loins when he sinned. This is why death passed upon all men. The Bible says, “By one man, sin entered into the world and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 5:12; 3:23).
Faith in Jesus is the means of salvation. Jesus is by divine appointment a Saviour of the human race. “And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus for He shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21). “But now God has shown us a way to be made right with Him without keeping the requirements of the Law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the Prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are”. “For everyone has sinned, we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for He himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus” (Romans 3:21-26 NLT).
It is heart warming to know that God declares us righteous in his sight when we believe or accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord. When a judge in a court of competent jurisdiction declares the defendant not guilty, all the charges against him are dropped and removed from his record. Legally speaking, it is as if the person had never been accused. When God forgives our wrong doings, our record is wiped clean. From his perspective, it is as though we had never done anything wrong or sinned. This is amazing grace! God could do this because Jesus was willing to take the penalty that we deserved. Christ purchased our redemption or freedom from the bondage of sin and Satan with his life blood. (Ephesians 1: 7).
He has completely satisfied God’s Holy and righteous demands. Today, his sacrifice brings pardon, deliverance and freedom to all that believe on his name in Spirit and Truth, and not by mere assent. Receive the grace to believe in Jesus name.
May you grow in Grace and in His knowledge.