Believe in the Lord Jesus and You Shall be Saved. Why is this So?

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Why is this so? Why are those who believe in the Lord Jesus saved?

R. C. Sproul says, “The cross is meaningless without the incarnation and incomplete without the resurrection.” He is absolutely correct.

First, Sproul says, “The cross is meaningless without the incarnation.”

  • Incarnation literally means in the flesh. At the root of this word is carnal, meaning flesh. In the flesh.
  • Incarnation refers to God taking on human flesh and human form in the person of Jesus Christ.
  • God became fully man in Jesus of Nazareth. When God appeared in human form in the manger in Bethlehem, he was fully man.

Incarnation of Christ means Jesus is fully God and fully human. Jesus needs to be both to be our Savior and Lord.

Jesus died on the cross on our behalf. The reason why he was able to do that was that Jesus was able to live the life we were not able. Jesus lived a perfect human life, a life without sin. Had Jesus sinned, when he died on the cross he would have died for his own sins. But because he lived a sinless life, a sinless person stood in our place to pay the debt of sin for our behalf.

Secondly, Sproul says, “The cross is incomplete without the resurrection.”

There was nothing unique about the death of Jesus on the cross. The Romans crucified over thirty thousand people. What makes the crucifixion of Jesus is that the second person of the Trinity died on that cross. It wasn’t just a human being that died on the cross. The Son of God died on the cross. And by dying on the cross as the Son of God, he took the place for all who believe in him and accept the gift of eternal life. Nothing unique about a man dying on the cross. But the death of the Son of God on the cross? That changes eternity!

How does Jesus’ death change eternity? Because of the empty tomb. Because the empty tomb proves that Jesus was not only fully human, but that he is also fully God. The resurrection completes the mission of Jesus to save sinners.

Jesus died for sinners by paying the debt sin. And by rising from the dead, we share in Christ’s glory and resurrection.

Jesus is who he said he was: the Son of the Living God.

This is the reason why those who believe in the Lord Jesus are saved.

Amazing, Amazing-er, Amazing-est Love of God

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

God’s love is amazing! “God demonstrates his love for us in this: that while we were sinners Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8). God doesn’t wait until we have our stuff together. God doesn’t wait for us to live right. God loves us in our mess, in our sin, in our junk. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us to demonstrate how much he loves us. God’s love is amazing!

God’s love is not only amazing, it is even more amazing-er! Not only does God love sinners, he loves repeat sinners. It’s not like we stop sinning the moment we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. We keep sinning. Often the same sin over and over and over and over and over and over and over…you get the point.

We keep sinning! And yet, God still loves us. He doesn’t stand with his arms crossed with a frown looking at struggling sinners. In fact, God is so proud that we are struggling with sin instead of accepting sin. He’s our biggest cheerleader in our struggle to battle sin! God’s love is so amazing-er!

But, wait. There’s more. Not only is God’s love amazing-er, God’s love is the absolute amazing-est. You see, the most startling thing about God’s love is that God loves us at the cost of his very self. To prove God’s love for us, he sacrificed the second person of the Trinity so that we might share in his resurrection glory.

God does not need us. It’s just that God’s absolutely crazy about us. God could not imagine spending an eternity without us in it. So God made a way for us to be with him in eternity. The cost for making a way was his very own self: the second person of the Trinity.

Wow!!! God’s love is the absolute AMAZING-EST!!!

That, my friends, is the gospel. That is good news. That is GREAT NEWS!!!

How to Read the Bible

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)

Alistair Begg writes, “God is the hero of the story and the theme of the book. So the first question we ask of every passage ought to be this: what does this tell me about God.”

The Bible is the story of God. Therefore, the first question we ask of particular passages ought to be “What does this tell me about God?” Only after we have answered that question is it appropriate and right to ask, “Given what this passage tells me about God, what shall I do?”

Where many people go wrong is that they start with the wrong question. Too often, we start with, “What does this text mean for me?” That’s the wrong place to start.

Of course, we ought to get to “What does this text mean for me” and apply what the Bible teaches us. But the application comes from what the Bible teaches us about God.

The lens which we are to read the Bible is through John 3:16. The totality of the Bible is the story of God who loves, pursues, and forgives sinners through his Son, Jesus Christ. Every passage, every story, every promise, every truth in the Bible is the story of how God loves, pursues, and forgives sinners through his Son, Jesus Christ.

So, start every day with the truth of God’s word. Read about what the particular texts, stories, and promises tell us about God’s love for sinners. Then apply what God reveals about his love, pursuit, and forgiveness of sinners by asking, “Given what the Bible tells me about God, what is God asking me to do?”

Got it?