Salvation involves much more than being delivered from earthly ruin or loss. It involves deliverance from God’s Wrath and everlasting punishment.
Deliverance is something we all need because we are all sinners who have rebelled against God. That’s our natural position because we are all born connected to Adam — the father of the human race. Adam’s rebellion against God — in what is known as the Fall of man — plunged this whole world into sin (1 Cor. 15:21). As a result, we deserve to be punished by God.
God, however, had a plan to rescue and save us from punishment. His plan is Jesus. In 1 Corinthians 15:22, Paul says,
“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.” (1 Cor. 15:22)
Jesus Christ came, lived a perfect life, and even though He wasn’t deserving of death or punishment, He died on a cross. As terrible a death as the cross was, that wasn’t the only punishment He faced. In fact, He faced a punishment much more horrifying — the wrath of the Father. The reason the Father’s wrath was poured out on Him was so He could pay the penalty for our sin.
All those who believe Jesus paid the penalty for their sin that day on Calvary by dying the death and facing the punishment they deserve, and all those who admit they are a sinner, repent of their sin, and believe Jesus is their Lord and Savior, will be saved from God’s wrath, and they will experience eternal life with Christ. As well as they are called into God’s mission. He uses us as His instruments to make more disciples, which is simple amazing, because we were once God’s enemies, who were bound to face His wrath, but we are now drawn into His mission.
Question for Reflection
- Do you believe Jesus is your Savior?
Post adapted from my sermon: Only in Christ are our deepest longings fulfilled