You are he who set me free
Son of the Father
I live in sin
You save me each time
Saving me as I follow you
You take it all away
Cleaning me white as snow
Doing so by your death on the cross
You died for all men
Setting is free
Yet if we repent
You become our Saviour
For yes we are Christian
We are believers
But we also remain humans
Who live in sin
Who can be saved
We just have to ask and repent
Salvation is deliverance from sin and its consequences, it is brought about by faith in Christ.
Why We Need a Saviour
We have to understand our own hearts. We have to understand our sin, its severity, its incurable power from the human perspective. We have to understand its pervasiveness, its deadliness. We have to understand sin because it’s the defining element in our universe. It’s why things are the way they are. It’s why the creation is no longer “very good,” but very bad. It’s why everything dies.
We have to understand sin because, most of all, it’s why we need a Savior. God has sent Him, the Lord Jesus Christ, to save His people from their sins. And He saves sinners who repent and ask Him for forgiveness.
How do we tell our society about a Savior who will save them from sin when their definition of sin is basically non-existent? You tell them their behavior is an affront to God’s holiness and a violation of His law, which is found in the Bible. You stress the truths of God’s holiness and His hatred of evil. You point out that God is also just and righteous, which means He cannot simply look the other way and pretend evil doesn’t exist. Although He is longsuffering, He must punish sin in the end.
That’s what the cross is all about. Christ, the only sinless Person who ever lived, took the full weight of sin’s guilt on Himself and bore the punishment for it (2 Corinthians 5:21). He died as a substitute for sinners. Those who trust Him receive forgiveness, not because God simply overlooks their sin, but because Christ has already paid for it. That’s why the cross perfectly illustrates both the wrath of God against sin and His unfathomable love for sinners. That’s the central meaning of the Gospel.
What an amazing reality! As defiling and corrupting as sin is, as openly rebellious and ungrateful as it is, God still embraces the sinner who comes in humble repentance and asks in faith for forgiveness. May God bring many sinners to repentance and salvation. And may He use us to that end, in the name of Jesus, His Son and our dear Savior. Amen.
The Nature Of Sin
Now let’s look at the nature of sin.
First, sin is defilement. It is to the soul what scars are to a beautiful face; what a stain is to white silk cloth. It is ugliness across the face of beauty. When a sinner really sees his sin, he sees it for what it is. Ezekiel 20:43 says, “There you will remember your ways and all your deeds with which you have defiled yourselves; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for all the evil things that you have done” (NASB).
Second, sin is rebellion. The sinner tramples on God’s law, tramples on God’s character, willfully crosses God’s will, affronts God, mocks God. Sin is, at its core, rebellion.
Third, sin is ingratitude. Everything we have, everything we are, is from God. Paul says the wrath of God is revealed from
heaven, because “When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful” (Romans 1:21, KJV). All the food the sinner ever eats, God gave him. All the air the sinner ever breathes, God gave him. All the joys the sinner ever experienced, God provided. The sinner eagerly embraces God’s graces and mercy and then betrays Him by being the friend of God’s enemy, Satan.
Let me give you a definition of sin. Sin is any lack of conformity to the moral character of God or the law of God. We sin by thinking evil, speaking evil, acting evil or omitting good.
Sin is further defined in Romans 14:23: “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (KJV). When we do something that goes against trust and faith in God, that’s sin. When we know something pleases God but don’t do it, that’s sin. And in
1 John 3:4 we read, “Sin is the transgression of the law” (KJV). So sin is any violation of God’s moral character or His law. Where is God’s law revealed? In Scripture.
What is our society’s standard today for determining what is evil? Once, our standard was the Bible, but that’s changing rapidly. As we continue to move deeper into the morass of sin and dislodge ourselves from any set standard, we have no way to define morality except to take a survey.
I think we have no other choice but to hold the Bible up as the standard and to say it is the standard because it is the Word of God. You don’t think the Bible is the Word of God? Have you read it? I have never had anybody say to me, “Yes, I’ve studied it thoroughly from cover to cover, and it’s not the Word of God.”
Talking About Sin
The public has no interest in talking about sin today. To say that we are corrupt at birth? To say we are all born with an evil bent, a desire to violate the law of God and to dethrone God and replace Him with ourselves? To say we are incapable of doing anything good? Our culture doesn’t want anything defined as sin. Everything is simply a lifestyle choice. The idea of guilt is considered medieval, obsolete and unhealthy.
Politicians, moralists, educators and sociologists try to fix society, but they can’t do it because they don’t deal with the reality of what is in the heart. All humanity has a vile, rebellious, corrupt nature. Our thought-life is corrupt; our emotions are corrupt; our will is corrupt; our behavior is corrupt.
Steps To Salvation
• Must One Confess Publicly to Be Saved?
The vast majority of verses seem to indicate that salvation is based on faith, or belief, alone, and not the result of any work or deed, including public confession.
However, a public declaration is still important for several reasons.
First, it is an outward demonstration of an inward reality.
Second, it serves to help us grow in Christ as we acknowledge Him before others, thus allowing fellow believers to come alongside us.
Third, it is important so that we may fulfill our calling to share the love of God with others. As Paul says in Romans 10:14, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
Though one may be saved without public confession, it is still an important part of living a life of faith.
Billy Graham Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.
Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)
Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
Six Steps to Salvation
- STEP ONE — ACKNOWLEDGE (To Admit, to be true or to exist) Admits you are a sinner/have sin inyour life. Romans: 3:23; Luke 18:33
- STEP TWO — REPENT (To feel sorry for having done wrong and seek forgiveness. To feelsorry, regret something done in the past.) A turning away from sin, disobedience or rebellion and a turning back to God. A change of mind. True repentance is of Godly sorrow for sin — a act of turning aroundand going in the opposite direction. Luke 13; Acts 3:19
- STEP THREE — CONFESS (To admit one’s guilt — take responsibility for your own life by acknowledging sin) Refreshing your life. I John 1:9; Romans 10:10
- STEP FOUR — FORSAKE (To give up, leave alone, abandon) Putting aside those things in your life that will hinder your walk with Christ. Isaiah 55:7
- STEP FIVE — BELIEVE (To place one’s trust in God’s truth, on who takes God at his work and trusts in him) Believers are those who have trusted God with all their will, heart and mind. John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10, I John 3:23
- STEP SIX — RECEIVE (To take something offered to you, acceptance) Receiving all of the benefits offered by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. John 1:12; Acts 17:11
Accepting Christ in your life is an extremely important task. We often feel we will give our lives to the Lord when we have “gotten ourselves together.” Do not worry about that. If you will confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead for your sins, you will be saved. Do not be concerned about what your friends or family say, your salvation must be very important to you. There is also the misconception that once you are saved you must live a perfect life. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). You must remember, Jesus Christ was the only perfect man who walked this earth. When we error in judgment, we must ask for forgiveness and learn from our mistakes.
It is important that you unite with a church body that teaches the word of God. This is how spiritual growth takes place.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“We were buried with Him through baptism.” Romans 6:4
“Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7
“Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18
“Be faithful until death and I will give you a crown of life.” Revelations 2:10