Point of Salvation 16

Posted: March 13, 2014 in Point of Salvation
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Before we discover the actual “Point of Salvation” let’s do a quick review.

We have read that sin is doing wrong according to God’s standard.  Everyone sins and the wages of sin is death
(physical death and a spiritual separation from a Holy God).

God set up an animal sacrifice system to take the physical death that was due sinful man.  But it was a symbolic
system.  By performing these animal sacrifices, it demonstrated a belief or faith in God.  It is actually a persons
belief or faith that brings salvation.

Jesus was the last sacrifice and the last shedding of blood for the sins of mankind.  But after Jesus sacrificed him-
self on the cross, many people still aren’t saved.  This is because the sacrifice of Jesus, like the animal sacrifice,
was symbolic.  Again, it’s not the sacrifice, in and of itself, that saves a person.  It is ones belief or faith in God
and Jesus that brings salvation.

Don’t get me wrong, Jesus is fully righteous, omnipresent, all powerful, all knowing and without a beginning or end.
Jesus is part of the Trinity with God and the Holy Spirit, but there is something else that happens when a person
believes or has faith.  Here it is.

John 3:3  In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again
(born of the Holy Spirit).

John 7:38  Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.  By
this he meant the Spirit.

This next verse really sums it up.

2 Thessalonians 2:13  But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because 
from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the SPIRIT.

From the beginning, whether you lived before Jesus or after Jesus, you were saved by the indwelling of the
Holy Spirit.  I will expand on this more next week.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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