Friday, August 23, 2013

Did Jesus Do Everything Or Do I Do Something To Get Saved?

We understand that Jesus died to pay for our sins so we can come to God but is there something we need to do to finish what he did, is Jesus death just a starting point and we do the rest?

"Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him because he always lives to intercede for them." Hebrews 7:25. NIV.

ABLE
Jesus is sufficient. There was enough of what he did and does for all mankind who has or will live. Christ's death is not just a patch on our sins. It wasn't just a good start for us. He is completely able. He does not need our help. If he needed our help in even the smallest bit there would be the threat that we did not do enough or the right thing, and salvation would always be suspect and liable to compromise. Someone who could have been saved may do the "whatever" not quite right and miss salvation.

If Christ was only able to do 99% of what needed to be done for salvation then why only 99%? If he is God he should be able to do it all. If we were able to do 1% then why can't we do 100 %? It is because we can't do anything to make right even the smallest sin that Our Lord must be able to do it all.

Our Lord must be able to pay it all or none of our sins are to be paid for at all.

COMPLETELY
Jesus knew his sacrifice was enough and nothing more needed to be done because on the cross he declared, "It is finished." (John 19:30). We do not have to finish what he started to get saved, he did it all. Our eternal life is given totally. His resurrection proves that there is no longer any punishment to be done.

ALWAYS LIVES
His resurrection demonstrated his power over death and that he has eliminated the threat of death spiritually for now and physically in the future. He is seated at the right hand of God and will be forever.

INTERCEDE
Jesus is the living intercessor for us since we come to God through faith in him and his work on our behalf; our faith is good as long as he lives and since he is living forever our faith once placed in him is good forever. He stands between the judgment of the Almighty and us as the one who has satisfied the judgment against us by paying for our sins.

When we trust in Jesus as our savior we are completely saved; Jesus said, "I give them eternal life and no one shall snatch them out of my hand." (John 10:28).

All that is left for us to do is to, "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." (Acts 16:31)

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