Our devotion is to this thought, “The only requirements of salvation” and my text is found in Acts 20:21 and Ephesians 2:8-9 where we see, “Witnessing both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” and “For by grace you are saved through faith, and it is not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works , so that no one should boast.” (KJV)
The need for salvation is of the utmost importance in the life of any person and God has provided his salvation to anyone who desires it. So what does it take to be saved and have a relationship with the God of heaven? Please let me say here that the word of God places no importance, when it comes to salvation, on “being a better person”, or “turning over a new leaf”, or ” start going to church”, or even “clean up your life” which are all “works” and salvation is not obtained by any work that we can do.
The word of God calls for “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” First, repentance toward God is a turning of one’s heart toward God. It is not an act or a work, but rather a voluntary change of heart. It is turning to God from within. When a person repents before God, he knows that he is guilty before God as a sinner and he not only regrets the sins he has committed before God, but more importantly, he regrets being a sinner in rebellion. pure and simple against God. who sent his only son to die in their place on the cross of Calvary. The repentant sinner realizes that it was his sin that nailed Jesus Christ to the cross of Calvary. When the repentant sinner realizes the great price paid for his salvation, guilt overwhelms his heart and he seeks “peace” with a holy and righteous God who loved him and gave himself for him.
The last thing the Word of God requires is “faith” to believe that God will do what He said He would do. Because of God’s grace, salvation for anyone who wants it is available and is personally obtained by simply taking God at His Word, or in other words, by believing God. The word “believe” means to trust, and in matters of personal salvation it means to personally trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Jesus Christ is the only person in all of history who died on a cross and rose again on this appointed third day to save sinners like you and me. Jesus Christ died and rose again to offer his free gift of salvation and eternal life to all of Adam’s race who desired it. Thus, salvation is not obtained by “being better” or by “doing better”. Salvation is the gift of God’s heart to the person who is sorry to be a sinner and willing to believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour. It’s so simple that even a child can understand it.
Joey Durham is a pastor at the Open Bible Baptist Church at 180 Old Manning Road in Sumter. You can contact Pastor Durham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at (803) 481-9315.