Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.    Luke 24:30


The table has been for centuries a place to gather, a place for nourishment, a place for fellowship, to talk through difficulties, and for family and friends to come together to relax and enjoy time in each other's company.  All too often today, the table is relegated to a gathering place for mail, car keys, unfinished projects, etc., and has in many ways lost its importance.  I would like this webpage to be a "table" of sorts- a place to gather together, to relax and reflect, and I pray, perhaps, to be challenged...


This week, we are looking at Ephesians 6:17(a)- the helmet of salvation…

 

Ephesians 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation…

 

In particular, I would like us to think about salvation itself, and what has been a plaguing problem for mankind since sin first came upon us-

 

IS SALVATION IN JESUS CHRIST ENOUGH?

 

Acts 16:30-31  And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"  So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household."

 

The heart-cry of a sinner in need of salvation is found in the above verse.  Someone who genuinely wants an answer and is asking in the only way he knows how.  Yet, sadly, this is not what many believe concerning true salvation- believe on the Lord Jesus Christ- some believe we must have something to do in and of ourselves in order to help God out with this whole salvation thing.  This is the basis of every religious belief system in the world other than Biblical Christianity.  Every other belief system has within it works as part or even the bulk of “salvation”.

 

This was a problem early on in the church, and continued to (and continues to) be one.  Take for example, the problem in Acts following the first mission journey of Paul and Barnabas.  They returned home to Antioch, and reported all that had happened.  The Scriptures then say…

 

Acts 15:1   And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."

 

This is a clear contradiction of the Gospel, according to Jesus, and reiterated by Paul.

 

John 3:16-18  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.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

Acts 13:38-39  Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only salvation that the Father has provided.  It is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins, and that by believing upon Him, we have eternal life- with nothing added.  Certainly, the mark of a true believer is to live their life in light of this, but we do not bring ANYTHING with regard to works before God for salvation- we either receive His forgiveness through Jesus Christ, or we reject it, plain and simple.  It is truly “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). 

 

This salvation has not changed, though, just like with those in the first century, we have today groups of people who would like us to think we have to contribute to our salvation in some way.  This, I believe, is a demonstration of pride, and should be rejected.  After all, as it has been said many times before, if salvation can be obtained in any way apart from Christ or somehow in conjunction with Christ, then there is something wrong with what Jesus did.  Either He willingly went to the cross for no reason, or He did not do enough for us.  Which ever is considered, both, according to Scripture, are wrong. 

 

We never want to think in our own minds, or have someone convince us that this is what salvation is all about- that we have to help God out.  Instead of pride, it is with humility that we are saved, when we seek His forgiveness for our sin.  In that same humility we are to live out our Christian life, demonstrating to a lost world that we are born again, not somehow manufactured through our own devices. 

 

So- the answer is YES, JESUS IS ENOUGH!  Once saved, we are to continue working out our salvation (living the saved life) in humility, as God works in us, as it says in Philippians chapter 2.  We need to remember Jesus as our example, how He humbled Himself and suffered and died for our sin.  This understanding grows as we read and apply the truth of the word of God, through the help of the Holy Spirit and the blessing of the Father through His Son.

 

With that in mind, we need to continue to ask of ourselves…

 

How am I redeeming the time?

  

By God's grace... Pastor Scott


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