by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday July 25, 2006
The Need for Salvation
Christ-followers know the importance of being saved, but the world sees no need for rescue. Let’s think about some key truths regarding man’s need for salvation. Those who don’t have a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus are:
Spiritually dead. Many people don’t realize that there are three kinds of death — physical, eternal, and spiritual. Eternal death comes at the end of the age, when all those who have refused Jesus as Savior are cast away from God permanently (Matthew 25:41). Spiritual death occurred in the
Living a life of sin. Our nature is to rebel against God, and that is called sin. Over and over we choose what pleases us, not Him. Our efforts to free ourselves from the power of sin are in vain (John 8:34). Enslaved to sin, we need someone to rescue us.
Under divine wrath. Because of our disobedience, we are under God’s judgment, awaiting punishment. All efforts to earn His approval and escape our sentence are insufficient. Sinful man has nothing acceptable to offer holy God. Our only hope of escape is for someone else to take our penalty.
The good news is that the Lord has provided a way for all to pass from spiritual death to life, from the bondage of sin into freedom, and from condemnation to intimacy with Him. Jesus Christ alone is the way, and He meets every need (John 14:6).
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