MASIHI SATSANG

Salvation

Salvation is not Moksha of Hindu Scriptures. Salvation is eternal life where as Moksha is extinction from the vicious cycle of death and re-birth. Moksha is virtually ‘eternal death’.

How can I get salvation? That is the question on our mind these days and rightly so. The stakes are high and the rewards eternal. Get it right and the kingdom of God waits for you in the afterlife. Get it wrong and you will spend an eternity in darkness and torment separated from God. This is not something to take lightly. Condition for salvation is faith in God.

 

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Gal 2:16

 

This means belief and trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. It also means faith in God that He will keep His promise to raise you from the dead to be with the Lord in His kingdom.

 

But the scripture hath concluded all under sin that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Galatians 3:22

 

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleeps in Jesus will God bring with him. 1 Thessalonians 4:14

 

God does not force anyone to accept His gospel. This must be entirely ones personal decision. God did all the work, prepared the way, and He leaves it up to our free will to believe Him or not. If you have come to the point in your life that you would like to be saved, and there is no better time than right now, then you must accept and have faith in God. The way to salvation is that you must believe in God. The Creator the God of Israel, the one and only God, there are no others.

 

Sikh Scripture says: – (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Page 723)

 

Angel of Azraa-eel is the friend of Thy blessed servants. He forgives sins of those who look upon Thee.

 

For those who need it, it is short, simple, and to the point here is what you must do to be saved:

 

Accept that you are a sinner: – The first step to real change is admitting that something is wrong and that it needs to be made right. You must acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of God’s help.

 

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:10

 

Repent of your sins: – You must repent and honestly desire to turn away from sin. It is not enough to simply admit your sins. A person that repents from sin is willing to submit and commit to God’s will in his life.

 

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.  Acts 3:19

 

And saying the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel.   Mark 1:15

 

Accept Jesus as the only your Savior: – The word “Christ” means Atoning Sacrifice. You must acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God; He died as a covering for sin, rose from the dead, and now sits as Lord in Heaven.

 

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:    1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleeps in Jesus will God bring with him.  1 Thessalonians 4:14

 

Confess that Jesus Christ is LORD: – If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart then the Holy Spirit will come upon you and set you free.

 

That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thy heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. Romans 10:9

 

Pray for the gifts of ‘HOLY SPIRIT’: – You must be born again, baptized, filled, and sealed by the Holy Spirit to be saved. Ask God to send the Holy Spirit to perform this work and you will become a child of God.

 

But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5.  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6.  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; 7.  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7

 

But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zachariah: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shall call his name John. Luke 11:13

 

God is a spirit. We must walk by faith, not by sight.

 

Conversion can be accomplished with what is referred to as a sinner’s prayer. If you are ready to be saved then it is time to talk to God:

 

Pray: – Heavenly Father I confess that I am a sinner. I confess and repent of my sins and ask for Thy mercy and forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins on the cross. He rose again the third day defeating Satan and his potent tool death. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I invite Thee to come into my heart, baptize me with ‘Holy Spirit’, and turn me a born again new creature in Christ. I have faith in Thy Holy Word and through Thy grace I know I am now saved in the glorious name of Jesus, Amen.

 

That is all it takes to get saved. And there is nothing that compares to the knowledge that you have just gained eternal life. Scripture tells us that the mind can not envision what wonderful and glorious things wait for us in heaven.

 

Anointing: – God does not waist time. When you trust in Christ for your salvation Holy Spirit comes to turn you into a new creature. You are born once of water in the flesh but at conversion you are born of the Spirit. It just happens in a moment and you may or may not be aware of what is going on. And that doesn’t matter. This is not about you having an emotional experience. This is about the work of Holy Spirit that changes a sinner into a new creature acceptable to God.

 

Regenerated by HOLY SPIRIT: – You are born again now, a new spirit in the family of God. A child of man grows old and dies. But a child of God is changed from death to eternal life. This brings an inheritance from God that waits for us in heaven.

 

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.   John 3:3

 

But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5.  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6.  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; 7.  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7

 

Baptism of ‘HOLY SPIRIT’: – Baptism by the Holy Spirit puts you in Christ and into the universal body of believers. Baptism means to change your character, state, and condition. We are immersed into Christ to the extent that we become identified with Him. On judgment day when God looks at us He sees Christ covering our sins and we are saved.

 

I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.   Mark 1:8

 

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  Romans 8:1-2

 

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.1 Corinthians 15:22

 

  1.  2 Corinthians 5:17-19

 

You become temple of God: -You become a temple of God. The Holy Spirit makes you a residence and becomes a guiding light in your lives.

 

Know you not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17.  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.   1 Corinthians 3:16-17

 

  1.              I John 4:13-15

 

Sealed by Spirit of God: – Holy Spirit secures you with the seal of God and no power is able to take you from Him. This is not the end but a new beginning. It takes time for a new child of God to grow in the Word. After a new birth comes development and preparation for spiritual work.

 

Genuine faith brings new desires, new priorities, and a commitment of service to God. One sign of a true believe is the desire to share Christ with others. But there are many ways to serve God. Be patient, pray and read the Holy Word. God will prepare you for whatever work He has set aside for you.

 

Now he which established us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22.  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.   2 Corinthians 1:21-22

 

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,   Ephesians 1:13

 

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.   Ephesians 4:30

 

His promise: – Salvation is a gift from God that fulfills His promise to mankind. God was under no obligation to help us get out from under the penalty for sin. It is only by His grace that we are saved. The promise was made a long time ago when Adam and Eve sinned and lost their standing with God. Sin separated them from God. They were kicked out of the Garden of Eden and their bodies started to age and die. Consequently we are born in sin separated from God by our sinful nature. God’s judgment was tough but just. But God did not want to leave it there. He loves us and wants us to regain what was lost, specifically eternal life. God has a plan to redeem mankind from our fallen state. Part of the plan was a promise to Adam and Eve and their descendants that day in

 

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel.   Genesis 3:15

 

This speaks of a fatal wound to the head of Satan at the coming Christ, the promised Messiah. Jesus Christ delivered that blow to Satan two thousand years ago. He died and rose from the grave. The interpretation of this promise and prophecy is made clear in scripture. God is righteous and holy and so He can not let sin continue forever. The penalty for sin is death. But God did not want that all mankind may eternally perish.

 

But he that lacked these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 2 Peter 3:9

 

  1. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.      I John 2:25

 

God provided a way to justify and free us from the quilt and penalty of sin. God’s way required the shedding of sinless innocent blood as the way to atone for sin. This became the work of Jesus Christ. Remember we are born with a sin nature that is passed down somehow from the seed of Adam. So there can be no naturally born sacrifice. The proper sacrifice for our sin must be unblemished and sinless. This is why God who is a Spirit took on flesh and blood and was supernaturally born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus is God incarnate. He is the only descendant of Eve to be born without a sin nature. Jesus was not under the penalty of death because He never sinned. That is why Jesus was able to offer Himself on the cross as atoning sacrifice for our sins. This is what scripture refers to. Jesus reconciled mankind back to God, back to Himself. Jesus performed the work of a Kinsman Redeemer. Jesus met all the requirements and performed all the works required to free us from sin. The price was His life. It is a historic fact that Jesus lived, and was crucified, and was seen by many before He rose up to heaven.

 

God had promised to send a Savior. God promised to send us the Holy Spirit when He rose so that we would not be left alone. God promised to raise believers. God promised to rule from Jerusalem for a thousand years. God promised a blessing for those who read, hear, and keep His Word. We cannot count all of His promises.

 

The New Covenant: – Jesus fulfilled God’s promise to send a Savior with His death and resurrection. This is referred to in scripture as the new covenant. The old covenant was only a pointer to the work of Jesus on the cross, the new covenant. The law and animal sacrifices could not save. The blood of animals can not atone for sin. And the law given to Moses only made us accountable for our sins. Because that we are all sinners. Law actually placed us under condemnation and brought in guilt. The new covenant replaced the imperfect sacrifices with a single perfect sacrifice in Jesus. The blood of Jesus covered all the sins we have committed and those we will commit before we die. Animal sacrifices and the law was only an indicator to Christ. Our sins, past, present and future, are not imputed to us. The blood of Christ gives full remission for our sins.

 

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13.  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14.  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15.  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16.  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, said the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17.  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18.  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19.  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20.  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21.  And having a high priest over the house of God; 22.  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:12-22

 

A covenant is a written agreement or promise under seal between two or more parties for execution of some action. The covenant between God and us is shown as the redemption scroll in chapter five of the book of Revelation. Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer and with His blood He paid the price for our salvation. That is why He is the only One found in heaven and earth that can open the seals on the scroll. Think of this new covenant as God’s will and testament for mankind. The will only takes effect after the death of the testator, the one who leaves the will in force at his death.

 

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worked all things after the counsel of his own will: 12.  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, 14.  This is the earnest of our inheritance until redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-14

 

We have done nothing to deserve salvation. It is offered free by God’s grace to those who believe. And that is a key point. Although free, the new covenant is not completely unconditional. Jesus died for all sin. But all mankind does not become heir to salvation without believing in Him. God left one simple and perfect condition for us to inherit salvation. The one condition for salvation is faith in God. We must believe and trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the only way to His kingdom.

 

Faith Alone saves us: – This is the most valuable knowledge in the world so it is worth repeating. If you want to be saved you must have faith. Anyone that adds or takes away from this is mistaken and not speaking the truth. In chapter 23 of the epistle of Luke we read about the dialogue that took place between Christ and the two criminals crucified next to Him.

 

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, if thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41.  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42. And he said unto Jesus, Lord; remember me when thou come into thy kingdom. 43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shall thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:39-43

 

Notice that this dying man was able to meet all the requirements for salvation while he was hanging on the cross. This man was saved by his faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the way God wants it to be. Salvation is not about what we can do to earn eternal life. Like the criminal on the cross, we all have sinned and deserve to die. But God in His righteousness provides a way for us to get free from the penalty of sin. God took our place and shed His blood as a sacrificial covering for our transgressions. If Christ had stayed in the grave there would be no salvation for mankind. But Jesus Christ rose up with power and glory to Heaven. Never forget that the work of Jesus Christ was not only His death but His resurrection also. The work has been done. The door has now been opened. The way has been prepared. God offers mankind a new covenant. For His part, because of His love and grace, God promised a place in His kingdom forever to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ. All God asks in exchange for this gift is that we have a little faith in His ability to keep His promises.

 

God knew what He was doing when He made faith the only condition for salvation. If salvation were based on works or human merit it would not be fair to all, and people would boast of their own works. Once again, salvation is not about our works or what we deserve. This is about God’s work, His righteousness, His grace, what God has done and can do. Faith is the one thing a human can obtain at any time under all circumstances no matter what a person’s past or present situation could be. Faith is the perfect gift from a perfect God for an imperfect and condemned human race.

 

The conversion of the criminal on the cross is a good example of learning for having faith in God. One criminal blasphemed Jesus. He was only interested in the ‘here and now’ and wanted only to free himself from his current judgment. The other criminal was concerned about his soul and the afterlife. He acknowledged he was a sinner and confessed with his mouth that Jesus was God by saying Jesus did nothing wrong and calling Jesus Lord. He believed that Jesus would be resurrected from the dead and would enter into His kingdom. Then he showed his trust in Jesus by asking to be remembered. Both criminals had only a few hours to live yet only one used the time wisely. One put his faith in Jesus Christ and will have a place in the kingdom of God. The other man lost more than his life. He lost his soul for eternity. How you will react in such situation?

 

God knew what was in this man’s heart. And there is difference between saying you have faith and actually having faith.

 

The Genuine Faith: – It is important to understand the meaning of faith. God knows our hearts. There is recognizable evidence of genuine faith that distinguishes a true believer from those that only say they have faith but have none. The two major components of genuine faith are belief and trust.

 

Belief: – To believe means you have confidence in some person or thing whether there is objective and visible evidence or not. Faith in God means you believe Jesus is the Christ, His innocent blood reconciled us back to God and His resurrection is evidence that God keeps His promises.

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   John 3:16

 

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleeps in Jesus will God bring with him.  1 Thessalonians 4:14

 

If you truly believe something then you are not ashamed to confess it with your mouth in front of others.

 

The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9.  that if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thy heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. 10.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  Romans 10:8-10

 

Trust: – To trust is to have assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. Trust is also confidence on something future or contingent. Faith in God means you put complete and exclusive trust in His promise of salvation in Jesus Christ.

 

For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe. 1Timothy 4:10

 

But we had the sentence of death on ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raise the dead: 10.  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;   2 Corinthians 1:9-10

 

When you put trust in God you put your absolute reliance in Him, that means submitting and committing yourself to His will and promise.

 

Water Baptism: – Water Baptism signifies burial of our flesh with Christ and resurrection with Him in spiritual body. The baptisms of Apostle Paul, Cornelius the Roman Centurion, and the Ethiopian were significant likewise. Salvation to the family of Noah through ship while in the flood and the passage of the Israelites with Moses through the Red Sea also symbolically represented baptism.

 

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  Ephesians 4:4-6

 

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

He Commanded

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Mathew 28:19, 20

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