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SALVATION QUESTION 219
What do I have to give up to be saved?
This question is generally on the minds of people who would like to become Christians. They believe that if they become Christians they are going to have to stop doing this or that. In effect this is really the same as bartering with God; suggesting to Him - if I do this I will expect you to do that. However the sinner is not on the bargaining, but receiving end of salvation. There is nothing you could give up or promise God that would be the means of Him saving you. When people ask this question, what they seem to be thinking is - ‘if I get saved I will have to quit this or that, so I don’t think I am able or ready for it yet’.
Here is God’s plan of how to get this salvation: He has declared in the gospel how Christ died for our sins and was buried and rose again the third day (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:3,4). This is great news! “...repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Repentance is a ‘change of mind’ and means that your attitude and resolve toward God is that you do not want to sin against Him any longer. It is not you ‘quit’ all your sins first. That would mean an effort on your part to merit salvation. Faith toward Christ means that you rest your soul’s salvation on His Person and the sacrifice He made for you and your sins. This all takes place within you. You do not have to promise God anything, pray, go to a church, or anything else. You only change your attitude with regard to sinning against God and then trust with all your heart in Christ completely.
There are two things which you are in need of right now: 1) - forgiveness for all your sins; because without it there is a future time when God will call you to judgment and you will be judged for those sins and sent to a place called hell, where you will be forever. This forgiveness is received by faith, “...that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43). It does not deliver you from the sins of your bad habits and life style. It only forgives you for them.
You also need; 2) - deliverance from what you are doing, which Christ has also provided for you; “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world” (Galatians 1:4). This you receive by simple faith in Him and He will work out this deliverance for you, and in you, dealing with those habits that you thought you would have to give up in order to be saved. Christ did all the work FOR you on the cross and He does it IN you when you trust Him.
Are you trusting Him to save you, or are you going to wait until it is too late? Do trust Him now! Hell is a place of remorse
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated March 13th, 2014 by Sandra Felix