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He is Our Only Salvation!
November 6-10, 2023 | Always Peachy Devotionals | The Names of God Week 2
Where do we find salvation?
It’s an age-old question. The idea of salvation tends to ring with stained-glass hymns and conjures up mental images of choir robes. It’s a really churchy sort of word. Along with words like sin, redemption, communion, fellowship, etc. They all sort of get lumped into a religious dictionary of words that have little practical meaning.
Unless you’re talking about superheroes. Because superheroes are all about saving people.
But the truth of the matter is that we all need salvation. We are born lost, broken, searching for meaning and purpose. Granted, some people think that salvation doesn’t matter, that this life is all there is. You live once; you die; you cease to exist.
That’s not the story the Bible tells us. That’s not the story uncounted millions of people have died to protect over thousands of years. The Bible tells us that human beings are born—given life that we live in our temporary bodies for seventy or eighty years. Maybe longer if you’re strong. But after that earthly life is over, our true spiritual life begins. Because though our bodies will fade away and return to the dust, our souls will continue.
Our souls will never stop existing. The choice we face is where our souls will exist—in eternity with Jesus or separated from God in a place of torment. That is the salvation we need—salvation from True Death—separation from God. Salvation is what Jesus died to provide for us.
And what the Bible tells us is that Jesus is the only source of salvation. He is the only way we can be saved. He saves. He transfers His perfect righteousness to our records. He is our personal God. He is our close family member who has the authority to sustain us.
And that is what we are talking about this week, that Jesus is Our Only Salvation:
Nov 6 - Jehovah Hoshe’ah, The Lord Who Saves (Psalm 20:9)
Nov 7 - Jehovah Tsidkenu, Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6)
Nov 8 - Jehovah Nissi, My Victory (Exodus 17:15)
Nov 9 - Jehovah Elohay, The Lord My God (Zechariah 14:5)
Nov 10 - Jehovah Go’el, My Kinsman Redeemer (Isaiah 60:16b)
To go along with this idea, the best verse I could think of for us to memorize is Acts 4:12.
If you ever needed a clear statement about how you receive salvation, this is it. There is only one way to be saved. You can’t earn it. You can’t buy it. You can only receive it, because it is a gift.
If you want salvation, you must come to Jesus. Many people think this is narrow-minded and exclusive. But the fact that there IS a way to be saved is a miracle. And what Jesus had to go through in order to MAKE a way for us to be saved precludes the existence of any other way.
If God could have avoided doing all those horrible things to His Only Son, don’t you think He would have? If there were any other way to be saved, wouldn’t God have used that option?
Jesus is it. Without Jesus, there is no salvation.
What a gift! Isn’t an extraordinary thing to know that we have salvation through Jesus? Isn’t it amazing to know without a doubt that we will be saved? We can be confident because our salvation doesn’t depend on us.
I love you all and am praying for you.
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