“Getting Saved” is serious business. It’s not a game. It’s about saving your eternal soul.
We all have an eternal soul that lives on after we die. Our soul is the seat of our personality as well as the reason why we’re alive and sentient and not just a lifeless bag of bones. The Bible says God gave us the “breath of life,” which is another name for the soul. We were created in God’s image and since God is an eternal spirit, so are we. Our body is simply a house for our soul. If we were only our bodies, then human beings wouldn’t all share an innate sense of justice, a deep desire to know our true purpose, or feel very real emotional pain when mistreated by others.
“If God is real and loves us so much, why doesn’t he just reveal himself to us?” This is a common question and the answer is, God loves us so much that he gave us the free will to make our own decisions. Those decisions include whether we will serve and obey him or not. If he were to just reveal himself to us, then we wouldn’t be able to choose. God’s desire is for mankind to have the opportunity to choose whether to spend eternity with him in Heaven, or reject him and end up in Hell. Ultimately, God doesn’t send people to Hell. People choose Hell.
Hell is a real place. It’s a place devoid of God’s love, guidance and provision. This is why it’s horrible beyond our wildest imaginations. Everything we have comes from God, but when he takes his hand of provision away, all we’re left with is a spiritual vacuum, which gets filled with everything that is the antithesis of God: death, destruction, anger, hate, depression etc. Hell was never made for us. It was originally meant to be a place of judgement for satan and his fallen angels. The reason it’s become a place of judgement for mankind is because of what happened in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned. Since inheriting the sin nature, which makes it impossible for us to lead righteous lives, we’ve been under the law of sin and death, meaning that when we die our souls will go to Hell. Hell is the default destination of our souls.
The real kicker about Hell, though, is that the people who end up there aren’t necessarily “bad people” the way you and I think of bad people. They’re just people who didn’t properly understand the spiritual laws God put in place that govern all of creation. This is why there’s a passage in the Bible where God says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” The spiritual laws God put in place that outline his expectations for us are all laid out in the Bible. Initially, the Ten Commandments were God’s way of sorting souls, but after a certain point, the Lord set up a new covenant with mankind, which was foretold in the Old Testament from the beginning, regarding a Messiah who would come to save humanity. This Messiah is Jesus Christ and whoever believes that he is the son of God who died for our sins and confesses this with their mouths will receive remittance, or forgiveness of sins. Ordinarily, without this remittance of sin, the transgressor would be sentenced to Hell. Thankfully, we have an advocate in Heaven who speaks to the Father on our behalf, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus, who was and still is the authentic expression of God in the flesh, had to be brought into existence to teach mankind a very important lesson: that false righteousness is still sin. Jesus dealt with the Pharisees by calling them white-washed tombs, having the image of godliness, but denying the power thereof. The essential problem God had with them is that they were hypocrites. On the outside, they followed the Ten Commandments and made a big show of their religious convictions, but on the inside, their hearts were full of sin. God knew all along that he could not sort souls by using the Ten Commandments forever. He would have to send his son Jesus Christ to die for us, giving us an opportunity to be saved. By believing that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that he died for our sins, we are cleansed of all sin and are no longer subject to the law of sin and death. This is what is meant by the phrase, “washed in the blood of the lamb.” Jesus Christ is the lamb of God. However, if we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but then continue in our sin, we can lose that salvation.
How Do I Save My Soul?
Under the new covenant, we are called to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds and to love our neighbors as ourselves, but the Bible also says that Jesus didn’t come to abolish the law, but rather to fulfill it. This means that, although salvation comes through Jesus Christ, the old covenant laws still apply. This is basically a second layer of accountability God uses to measure us. The crucial part of all this is understanding how we can actually ruin our salvation. For example, if we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and then commit sin, there is no further remission for those sins unless we go before God ourselves and ask him to forgive us.
“If we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and then commit sin, there is no further remission for those sins unless we go before God ourselves and ask him to forgive us.”
The “Once saved always saved” doctrine is false. Following Jesus Christ and saving your eternal soul requires a much bigger commitment than simply saying a short prayer. If we really want to save our souls, we need to “take every thought captive” and do all we can to remain righteous until the very end. This is what is meant by the passage, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Since most people, myself included, sin practically every day, saving your eternal soul is hard work. But this is why God gave us the Holy Spirit: to direct us and lead us into salvation, to give us the strength to carry on despite overwhelming odds.
As the Bible says, “The devil walketh about like a roaring lion, seeking who he may devour.” Our adversary and enemy of our souls is satan and his demons, who constantly attack us through our thoughts, through relationships, and through circumstances. We are no match for them. They’ve been deceiving people and dragging souls to Hell for a long time. Our only chance is to use the authority that Jesus gave us to “trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.” This means we need to learn how to use prayer to combat the enemy head on.
If we’ve sinned, we need to repent, use the name of Jesus to deliver us from the demons who’ve slipped into our spirits and then pray again for God to heal our souls from any wounds we may have suffered.
We need to pray without ceasing at every opportunity: for spiritual protection, so that God’s will be done, so many would come to the knowledge of the truth.
We need to learn how to use our spiritual gifts so that we can edify the Body of Christ and help one another to stay righteous and in a committed walk with the Lord.
Ultimately, if your life doesn’t reflect the life of a real Christian soldier who is constantly fighting against the spiritual enemy of our souls, spreading the Gospel message to others, and in a deep, committed relationship with the Lord, you’re most likely not saved. We’re expected to live in the same spiritual reality that the Lord Jesus lived in: following God’s will, not our own, delivering people from demons, healing the sick, fighting the enemy, going through trials and temptations etc.
This is a hard saying, but it’s the real Gospel message. The Lord Jesus’ death on the cross was not cheap and in order to be saved, he expects us to take up our cross and to serve him wholeheartedly. This means that there can’t be any area of our lives we haven’t submitted to God. At the end of the day, you have to be owned by the King, the Lord of Hosts, God Almighty. Your life is not your own. You were bought at a price. This is what it means to die to ourselves.
Our lives should bear fruit and be a testament to others that Jesus Christ is Lord. This is going to look different for everyone and let me be clear, we’re not saved by works alone, but the truth is, if we’re not spending time with God in prayer and making sure we’re in his will at all times, we’re most likely not going to be able to live out the purpose he has for our lives. He made each one of us for great things.
Only by seeking the Kingdom of God first and putting our trust in him to provide all of our needs can we really have a close relationship with God. The good news is, if God is with us, who can be against us? When you serve the King of the Universe, there’s no need to fear man.
*The following are some examples of prayers that will help you to begin a deeper walk with the Lord. Although these prayers are scripted, you are encouraged to speak to God in whatever way comes most natural to you.
Say This Prayer With All Of Your Heart (For Beginners)
“Dear God, forgive me for my sins. I submit to your authority and I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. All of my sins I lay at the foot of the cross. I ask that you give me an infilling of the Holy Spirit, so that he may make all my paths straight and direct me in the way that I should go. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Say This Prayer With All Of Your Heart (For Intermediate Christians)
“Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that you forgive me for my sins (enumerate them). I repent of them in Jesus’ name and turn away from all sin. I ask that you give me a sharp rebuke whenever I step off the path you’ve set before me, so that I may continue to be in right-standing with you and in your will. Holy Spirit, I thank you that you never leave me and that you speak to me. I pray that you bring me into a deeper relationship with you every passing day.”
Say This Prayer With All Of Your Heart (For Advanced Christians)
“Adonai, I love you and glorify your name. Thank you for your blessings and love. I submit myself to you and repent for my sins (enumerate them). I pray prayers of protection over my life and against the enemy, who means to destroy me. Holy Spirit, I ask that you lead me in deliverance from demonic influence (ask the Holy Spirit to identify any demons you have on your spirit and how many). I ask that you give me an audible ‘No’ whenever I’m about to open a spiritual door to the enemy, and increase my spiritual discernment, so that I may know what is of the enemy before disaster strikes. Speak to my spirit louder and clearer than you have before and let me know what I need to do to be about the Father’s business. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Remember, the enemy only has the power you give him, so when you stand on God’s promises, having full faith in his word that nothing will harm, nothing will.
I pray that you may have a deeper walk with God every day and that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you read the Bible daily, learning what God’s word has to say for yourself rather than relying on others to interpret it for you.
God Bless You And I’ll See You On The Other Side.