Tuesday, July 16, 2013
My Belief About Salvation
All have sinned, all have fallen short of the glory of God. God demands perfect holiness, anything less is sin, and the result of sin is death, first spiritual death, eventually physical death, and finally eternal separation from God (Hell). God exists in three ways, as a Source/Mind/Will (the Father), as a Physical Presence/Manifestation/Revealer (the Son) and as a Spirit of Power/Executor (the Holy Spirit). God in his physical presence became a man (Jesus Christ), lived a perfect sinless life, and died on the Cross, suffering relationship separation from the Father in the process. Essentially, on the Cross he suffered the torment of Hell for a time. Being infinite, Jesus was able to pay the penalty for sin in a finite amount of time. When the penalty was paid, he died physically. Because death comes from sin, and Jesus paid for our sins, which were lain on him, death had no more hold on him, so he rose from the dead on the third day. The resurrection proved his victory over sin and death. All that you need to do to have your sins forgiven* and to be reconciled to God is to believe in Jesus; that is, to acknowledge his death paid for your sins, and to trust in that payment for your sins to cancel the penalty for sin that you owe God. Once you accept this payment, you are saved. *Forgiven in terms of your being saved from Hell when you die and in terms of you becoming a child of God. There are other types of forgiveness; unconfessed sin still has an impact on how you walk with God but is not an issue of salvation. If you never confess your sins, you will never grow in grace and live your life to its fullest; but salvation comes when you accept that you are a sinner and need Christ's death to pay for your sins, specific confession of specific sins is an issue of growth, not salvation. I felt this was important so that people know where I am coming from when I post prayers. That is all.