What Does It Mean To Be Saved?
In the last post in this two-part series, HAVE YOU TRUSTED GOD YET? — PART 1 | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org), we considered why we should spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we considered the possibility of a revival. Here we will look at what happens to us when we accept the salvation offered by Jesus Christ.
Genesis 15:6 NASB – Bible Gateway does not seem especially important, just an odd assertion. Still, let’s consider it context.
Abram, who would soon be renamed Abraham, believed in the Lord, and God credited it to him as righteousness. Why? Well, here is another translation of that verse.
God seeks relationship with us as strong as good marriage between a man and a woman. What is a marriage without trust?
Note that when Abram lived his life Jesus Christ had not yet been born of the woman named Mary. Jesus had not yet died upon that cross or arisen from His hideous death. God credited Abram’s trust in Him as righteous. Because Jesus is God, when we trust Him and put our faith in Him, we do as Abram did. We put our trust in the Lord.
How does trusting in the Lord make us righteous? James explained it this way.
The demons believe God exist, but they don’t trust God. So, the demons don’t obey God. The demons remain enemies of God, in rebellion against Him. The demons don’t accept God as their God. When we put our faith in God, however, we put Him first in our lives.
The story of Abraham begins in Genesis 12 NASB – Bible Gateway and ends in Genesis 25 NASB – Abraham’s Death – Bible Gateway. It is a story about a man whose trust in God increases the longer he lives, and Abraham demonstrates this trust through his increasing obedience. Nevertheless, God did not reckon Abram righteous because he obeyed Him. God looked upon Abram’s heart, something we cannot do. God credited Abram with righteousness because He knew Abram believed in and trusted Him. God treasured Abram’s trust and obedience, not his accomplishments.
Similarly, when we are saved, we are saved because we trust God enough to obey Him. Our works don’t save us. Our faith in God does. Our works — the opportunity to do good works — are both our reward and our gift of obedience in love to God
Are hard times ahead? Will hard times result in a revival? Because we are just human beings, we can only guess. If we believe in God and trust Him, we will spread His Gospel. We will pray for the salvation of those who have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, and we can celebrate the salvation of those who have accepted Jesus Christ.
Because God loves us, the salvation offered by Jesus Christ is cause for joy, not sorrow.