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Our obedience leads to salvation

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By George Smith

Redeemed, justified, sanctified, saved: These are terms that Christians throw around and assume that everyone knows what they are talking about. If they ask someone, "Are you saved?" The person may say, "Saved? Saved from what?"

Saved has been defined as "to deliver or rescue." The word "saved" is used in various ways: rescue from injury or peril, rescue from perishing such as drowning, or deliver one who is in danger of destruction by fire. All these meet the definition above.

In the Biblical sense, being saved speaks of the redemptive work that takes place when an individual turns from his life, in which he is separated from God, to accept Jesus as savior and lord. Being saved is the supernatural act of God in which a person realizes his sinfulness and surrenders the ownership of his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The result of his obedience is that he is forgiven and delivered (Colossians 1:13-14).

Salvation involves everything that happens to us from the moment we accept Christ as our savior until we are taken home to heaven. God takes the first step in calling us to himself as he did Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

"Whosoever will may come." Jesus died for the sins of the whole world (John 3:16). "It is not His will that any perish but that all come to repentance."

Paul says that we are to believe in our heart that God hath raised Jesus from the dead and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9-10). We show this change by the way we live. We are to seek to exalt Christ and lift him up in our daily life.

Because we have repented of our sins and accepted what Jesus did for us on the cross, we are a child of God (John 1:12). God's Holy Spirit comes to live within to guide and comfort. Finally, when life on earth is over God takes us to our heavenly home. Our salvation is then complete. Praise God!