This just in from our global online tribe: During the Christmas season I hear the phrase “Salvation Has Come.” What does that mean exactly?
Great question. Here’s the short answer:
The gospel of Christ is God’s power to SAVE everyone who believes. That is the thumbnail description of SALVATION. It is simple and at the same time, the most powerful force on planet earth.
Here’s how the Apostle Paul puts it:
“I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is God’s power to save all who believe…” Romans 1:16
No other religion or movement can do what the gospel of Christ can do! Not Judaism. Not Islam. Not Buddhism.
Those religions do not have a Savior who can overcome our sin-caused separation from God. In the process, he offers us hope in the future by his grace, NOT our works.
How does the gospel of Christ have the power to save you, me, and everyone?
“The gospel . . . is the power of God [unto] salvation… for [because] in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith” — that’s why the gospel is the power of God to salvation.” Romans 1:17
The gospel clearly “WINS CONVERTS” and brings them to faith in Christ which prompts repentance which leads to surrendered obedience. That conversion is called “SALVATION” in the New Testament.
There are many religions that make converts and win people to their faith. But the gospel of Christ does NOT just “make converts.” It SAVES them. And it is a future-oriented SALVATION (2 Thessalonians 2:13).
Part of the salvation promise, beyond what happens at conversion, is what comes later in our sanctification (holiness). Salvation is the future triumph that brings believers into God’s presence for eternity.
I never want to forget the majesty and magnificence of my salvation which God made possible.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
What does “Salvation Has Come” mean to you TODAY?
“For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8–9