Jesus Alone Saves
Read 1 Timothy 1:15 (ESV)
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
How do we know Jesus is our Savior? Are there other ways we can be saved?
I have heard over and over again that Christianity is too exclusive because Christians believe that Jesus is the only way to be saved. Isn’t that narrow minded? And why do we even need to be saved if we are mostly good people who just make mistakes sometimes?
But Scripture is crystal clear on this subject. As early as Genesis 3, we see sin enter the world and God make a promise to send a rescuer. All throughout the Old Testament, we see God’s people struggling with sin. They continually discovered that even with very specific instructions on how to live—what to do and what not to do—the Israelites kept on sinning. Big time. And God didn’t just ignore their sin. He disciplined His people and punished them for their trespasses.
Why? Because God is holy and just. A holy God cannot tolerate sin in His presence and a just God can’t overlook sinful behavior. Sin has to be dealt with. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God can’t ignore our sin because of His holiness and justice, but God is also love. So, He made a way to deal with our sins for us—Jesus’ death on a cross. God didn’t send Jesus to us in order to teach us how to be mostly good people. He came to save us from our sins by dying on the cross for our sins in our place.
But is Jesus the only Savior? Yes. The Bible says, “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11-12).
Isn’t that narrow-minded and exclusive? Not at all! Jesus’ offer of salvation is for everyone who believes in Him and accepts His gift! John 1:12 says, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” 1 Timothy 2:3-6a states, “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all…”
Friends, Jesus is the Savior of the world. His offer of salvation is a free gift and is available to everyone. But Scripture is clear. In order to receive His gift, you have to accept Him. How do you accept Jesus as your Savior? “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). If you’ve already accepted His gift of salvation, spend some time thanking Him again today. If you haven’t accepted Jesus as Your Savior, what is holding you back? I’d invite you to accept His free gift today.
Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that I need You to be my Savior. Thank You for Your sacrifice on my behalf. Thank You for being my salvation. Help me to follow You and glorify You with my life. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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