We see it on signs, we hear people say it “Jesus Saves”. But what does this popular phrase mean? Let’s start by saying, as humans we are all born in sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23). And the Bible definition of sin is: “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Death is the natural result of sin “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Because we have sinned against God, either each person must die for his sins or a divine Person (Jesus) must pay for the sins of all humanity. There was no other option. God in His infinite mercy offered His Son Jesus to die in order to save us. God sacrificed His only Son to pay our penalty of sin (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 2:2). Jesus took the punishment that we deserve in order to save us from a horrible destiny (John 15:13).
Jesus saves all those who accept His sacrifice (John 3:16; Acts 16:31). “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” (Matthew 18:11). While Jesus’ sacrifice was perfectly sufficient to pay for the sins of all humanity, Jesus can only save those who personally receive His gift (John 1:12). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
Just as Jesus resurrected Himself from death, He can resurrect the sinner from the power and control of sin. This means that Jesus gives the believer all the grace necessary to live a victories life “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). The Lord gives the believer a new nature that makes obedience to Him a joy. A born-again Christian finds it no wearying struggle to keep the Ten Commandments instead he proclaims, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalms 40:8).
More than Salvation
Jesus not only saves but He also promises abundant life and joy to the believer “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10) and “that your joy might be full” (John 15:11).
In His service,