Your Own Salvation

‘Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ ~ Philippians 2:12

Excess wealth can be divided, excess words are spoken, and excess water overflows, but excess salvation . . . there can never be an excess of it, and neither can it be shared. Salvation, like death, is undividable because, ‘Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children be put to death for their fathers, each is to die for his own sin’ (Deuteronomy 24:16). Similarly, ‘if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved’ (Romans 10:9-10).

Although salvation is given to all mankind, it is not a collective affair. It is a personal decision; each should decide in their own heart. To everyone, ‘the word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so that you may obey it’ (Deuteronomy 30:14). However, it is upon an individual to receive it by faith. Paul restates and clarifies, ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is to bring Christ down) “or, ‘Who will descend into the deep?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead)’ (Romans 10:6-7). God has already done His part by turning everything to our favour and giving us an escape, that of salvation through Jesus Christ, because ‘the soul who sins is the one who will die’ (Jeremiah 18:20). God in the flesh, Jesus, again says, ‘I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins’ (John 8:24).

After saying all and doing all, God, who gave man freewill can only restate His offer of life to one. It is then up to an individual to take it or leave it. Now, God constantly reiterates, ‘See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction . . . Now choose life’ (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19). God is relentless in His pursuit for us, because ‘He does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance’ (2 Peter 3:9). Again, Jesus beseeches, ‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me’ (Revelation 3:20). Jesus is always close by and no matter how long one has been in sin, Jesus asks like to the man ‘who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years’ (John 5:5), ‘Do you want to be made well?’ (v6). Some respond by saying yes earlier in their life, some later, and unfortunately some don’t respond at all.

Whatever the stage in life one accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour, the outcome is the same and equal for all. Everyone has a unique spiritual journey. Some meet Jesus on fishing boats, others on the tax collectors’ booths, some while dying next to Him on a cross, others on the road to Emmaus while some meet him on the road to Damascus. However, Paul, who met the Lord later in life, urges, ‘The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light’ (Romans 13:11-12).

In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Jesus cautions us to be ready, even though we might not know how far exactly the night is spent. When suddenly the night was over and Jesus, the Bridegroom appeared at midnight, the five foolish virgins tell the wise virgins, ‘Give us some oil; our lamps are going out’ (Matthew 25:7). ‘No’, they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both of us and you’ (v9). In the same way, during the second coming of Jesus, ‘each of us will give an account of himself to God’ (Romans 14:12). No one can say that their father was a preacher, their spouse a believer, or that their mother always covered them in prayer. The same way the oil could not be shared with the other virgins, another’s salvation cannot save us. Like to Peter, Jesus asks, ‘But what about you? Who do you say I am?’ (Matthew 16:15). We only have one life to get this answer right because when Jesus comes back, He will be holding ‘the keys of death and hades’ (Revelation 1:18). ‘So you must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him’ (Matthew 24:44).

Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me and I will give to everyone according to what he has done ~ Revelation 22:12

Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are dogs, those who practise magic arts, the sexual immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood ~ Revelation 22:14

Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? ~ Ezekiel 18:23

5 thoughts on “Your Own Salvation

  1. This is so clear and true. Salvation received is an individual choice from the heart. God in His great love for us had made all the possibilities for us. He always keep calling us even though we are the one in need of this precious salvation.
    What a loving savior we have, he loves us with an everlasting love.
    Very nice continue to express through scriptures the truth of Jesus Christ

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