The salvation that comes from God is perfect, it is complete and it is purely genuine. Jesus didn’t die on the cross to make forgiveness easy for God, he didn’t die on the cross to give us merely a second chance to get things right, he got it right on our behalf and we were credited with his own track record. Forgiveness of sin is no longer our pursuit for God has forgiven all sins right there on the cross.
It will be a joke if the death of Jesus didn’t cure the sin problem. The death of Jesus on the cross finished the battle, it ended the issues separating us from God and united us with God. Sin is no longer the problem, it has been dealt with on the cross, it cannot and will never take a believer to hell.
This sounds controversial to a moralist but this is the basics, a kindergarten course point in Christianity. This is why Christianity and moralism cannot run through the same pipe! As beautiful as moral instruction is, Jesus didn’t come for moral instructions, many people are doing great jobs already when it comes to morals. You don’t have to be a Christian to be moral, some unbelievers are very much more moral than many other believers. Being moral is not the same as being a Christian.
Being a Christian means accepting Jesus and his finished works. It means admitting that we have been saved from sin on the record of Christ! It means we have been discharged and acquitted, we have been declared holy and pure not based on our own efforts but based on what Christ has done! The Bible says
“God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.” – 1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT
Look carefully at the above verse, consider the tenses closely and we see that it is all in the past! God is not going to unite us with Christ, he has already done that! God isn’t promising to make Jesus be wisdom for our benefit, he already did that! Christ is not trying to make us pure and holy, he already made us pure and holy! He isn’t promising that on the last day, he will free us from sin if we are able to come to the end without breaking the rules, he already freed us from sin! This is the new thing that God promised us to do and he has fulfilled that promise!
Jesus paid for sin once and for all! The Bible says
“When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.” – Romans 6:10-11 NLT
Jesus is not trying to break the power of sin, he already broke it! Now, we are no longer living to sin, we are dead to the power of sin, we don’t exist to sin anymore, we are now alive to God through Christ who is our life! The death of Jesus dealt permanently with sin! The Bible says
“For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.” – Hebrews 10:14 NLT
The salvation of God is perfect, we are perfect even as we are being made holy! Isn’t it something to shout about? Holiness is not a pursuit, we are holy already. Because Jesus paid for our sins once and for all, sin will no longer exercise dominion over us. No believer can be condemned by sin and for sin because the offering of Jesus covers it! One might ask “does this mean we go on sinning?” But there is no “continuing in sin” for the believer because we aren’t in sin in the first place, we were delivered from sin and we are new creatures in Christ Jesus, how then can one say that we are continuing in sin?
When the Bible says SIN SHALL NO LONGER HAVE DOMINION! Do you know what it means? It means that sin has no power over the believer! Any believer who still gets scared at the mention of “hell” didn’t hear the true gospel. We don’t exist to sin anymore and only unbelief is the basis by which people are condemned. They aren’t being condemned because Christ isn’t willing to forgive them, they are the ones walking into condemnation by themselves. This is what the Bible says
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.” – John 3:18 NLT
Pay attention to the words, read carefully and slowly. THERE IS NO JUDGMENT against the believer in Christ Jesus because God has already passed his judgement! This is his judgement “anyone who believes will not perish but anyone who doesn’t believe is already condemned!” (John 3:16).
We aren’t waiting for deliverance to come, we are already delivered! The Bible says
“…for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 NLT
He already called us out of the darkness and we harkened to that call by believing in Jesus who is the price for our sins. This is not what will happen, it has happened! THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST IS SAVED! It calls for thanksgiving, it calls for responsibility but it doesn’t call for maintaining salvation. The salvation that comes from Jesus is not faulty that it needs some kind of maintenance. You aren’t the one trying to hold yourself, you belong to God now and he is holding you! The Bible says
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.” – John 10:28-29 NLT
Jesus didn’t say “I will give them…” But “I give them…” He is our unrestrained supply of life, he is life! No one can take us away from God’s grip the moment we come to Jesus, nothing can separate us from the love of the father because God is mighty to save to the uttermost! This is how perfect salvation is. For the religious mind, this sounds untrue because they can’t believe how it is possible for one to be saved easily! Well, this is what the word of God says and I chose to believe it.
Just like a man is united with his wife, God is united with us in Christ Jesus! We have become one with him on the basis of what Christ has done. And just like a loving mother holds on to her child no matter what he does, God is holding on to us!
If you couldn’t get yourself saved from sin, is it salvation that you can maintain? When police save you from armed robbers, it may not be perfect. This is not the kind of salvation man gives, it is salvation from God… Perfect salvation!
If you are finding it difficult to understand or believe, I pray that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened to see the inheritance you have in Christ according to his riches in glory. As you stay in the place of the word, it will get clearer every day.