What does the phrase Jesus saves really mean?

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Jesus saves from sin

We see the phrase “Jesus saves” on signs and we hear people repeating it. But what does it mean? Let us start by saying, as humans, we are all born in sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23). Adam’s sin ruined the divine image in man (Genesis 5:12). And ever since man’s fall, all of Adam’s offspring have continued to fall short of the image and glory of God.

The Bible states, “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). All sin is lawlessness. The law of God (Exodus 20:3-17) is a transcript of His character. Jesus came to reveal to men the character of His Father. He is therefore the law demonstrated. If men wish to order their lives in harmony with the law of God, they must look to Jesus and copy His life (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Death is the natural result of sin (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.

The plan of Salvation

Praise God for the gift of salvation. The Father offered His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty of man’s sin by His death. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

This is the supreme expression of the love of God (John 3:17), through whom it becomes possible for the believers to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Jesus saves.

While Jesus’ sacrifice was perfectly sufficient to pay for the sins of all humanity, Jesus saves only those who personally receive His free gift of love (John 1:12). Thus, the decisive factor lies with men — “as many” as receive and believe are granted access to God’s fold.

To become a child of God is to enter His covenant relationship (Hosea 1:10) by the new birth (John 3:3). Those who are born from above have God as their Father and reflect His character (1 John 3:1–3; John 8:39, 44). Henceforth, they try, by His grace, to live away from sin (Romans 6:12–16) and do not submit their wills to the evil one (1 John 3:9; 5:18).

How can I accept Jesus?

The Bible teaches, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9 also Acts 16:31). Confession of Christ’s Lordship means a willingness to follow His leading and obey His commandments (John 14:21; 1 John 2:3, 4). It is not empty words.

By believing that God raised Jesus from the dead, the Christian acknowledges Christ’s triumph over sin and death and the fact that Jesus saves sinners from the bondage of sin (Acts 4:25). Then, baptism must follow for “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

The Sinner’s prayer:

My heavenly Father, I am a sinner. I confess my sins to You. At this moment, I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sins when He died on the cross. I accept His blood on my behalf. And I believe that You have blotted out my past sins. I am eternally grateful for Your infinite love for me. Father help me, as I daily walk with You, to overcome my weaknesses according to Your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Victory over sin

Just as God resurrected Jesus from death, He can resurrect the sinner from the power and control of sin. This means that Jesus saves the sinner by giving him all the grace necessary to live a victories life above sin. Then, the sinner can triumphantly declare, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

The Lord gives the believer a new nature that makes obedience to the Lord a joy. A born-again Christian finds it no struggle to keep the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17). And he proclaims, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalms 40:8).

Abundant life

The phrase “Jesus saves” does not only mean justification from sin but also the gift of love, peace, and joy to the believer (Philippians 4:7; John 14:27). For Jesus promised, “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).

The believer finds his joy in resting in the love of Christ, in triumphing over sin, and in unselfish acts of love for humanity. And joy will reach its highest fulfillment in the world to come. For the Bible declares, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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