Jesus means “Savior, Salvation.” When we get Jesus as Savior, we get Him and everything He is and came to provide for us. He is Salvation (Acts 4:13; Isaiah 12:2). His Name is derived from the Hebrew word Yeshua from which we get the English name Joshua. Jesus came to save us from our sins and bring salvation (Matthew 1:21; Luke 2:30). Jesus was born of a virgin and was conceived by the Holy Spirit and therefore was without a sin nature which is passed on through the seed of a man (Matthew 1:20; 23; Luke 1:34, 35). He is God come in the flesh (John 1:1; 14). He is one with the Father and He represents Him (John 1:30; 5:19; 14:9, 10).
God the Father sent His Son Jesus to earth to represent Him because Jesus is just like Him. Jesus said “he who has seen Me, has seen the Father” (John 14:9). He came to reveal God’s nature i.e. love, mercy, goodness, righteousness, kindness, etc., His love for us, and to restore our relationship with Him. We were created to have relationship with God. Our union with Him completes us. We have a place in our heart made only for Him and without Him our lives will be empty and out of order. Nothing else can fill this place e.g. relationships, money, work, religion, prestige, etc. There is a hunger to fill this place which draws us to Him; to His love and our need for Him. Knowing and loving Him affects everything in our lives!
Jesus is both God and man, both divine and human. He needed to come as a man to represent us. He is powerful but gentle, wise though humble, boundless in love, everlasting joy and is the Prince of Peace. He came to bring us peace with God (Romans 5:1) because our sin separated us from God (Romans 3:23). God sent Jesus to die for our sins and for all mankind to reconcile us to Him. He created us, loves us and wants to have our relationship with Him restored (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18, 19; Ephesians 2:16; Colossians 1:20). He is a Holy God and we can’t be in relationship with Him apart from receiving Jesus as our Savior and Salvation because of sin. God is separate from everything that is evil and sinful. There is no darkness or trace of evil in Him (1 John 1:5).
Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem of separation from God (John 3:3-8; 14:6; Ephesians 1:13). He fulfilled God’s righteous requirement on the cross because He was sinless. He did no sin but became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18, 19). God’s justice was satisfied because Jesus took all the righteous vengeance of God’s wrath for the punishment of our sin and unlawlessness on Himself at the cross (Isaiah 53:4-12) because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). He died the death we deserved and shed His blood for us to give us right standing with God. The shedding of blood is required for the remission or cancellation of our sins (Hebrews 9:22). There is a blood covenant with God through Jesus that can never be broken (Hebrews 9:12-15).
The blood of Jesus accomplishes the following benefits of salvation i.e. forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22); it cleanses our conscience (Hebrews 9:14); redemption (the action of saving); delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed us into God’s kingdom (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:13, 14); we are justified (made righteous), just as if we had never sinned and have been given His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21); we are sanctified or set apart for God to walk with Him (John 17:15-18); we have peace with God (Colossians 1:20); and access to His throne (Hebrews 10:19).
There is power in the blood of Jesus which provides everything we need to live a life of victory i.e. redemption (Ephesians 1:7); fellowship with God (Hebrews 10:19); healing (Isaiah 53:4, 5); protection (Exodus 12:13); and authority over the devil (Revelation 12:11). Every time we release His blood over our lives, we experience His love and His victory!
The word salvation comes from the Greek word transliterated Soteria (See Strong’s Concordance 4991) which means deliverance, preservation, and safety as well as salvation. The Greek root is sozo: which means to deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well, be whole and make whole (see Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Greek dictionary 4982). Sozo means salvation i.e. everything Jesus accomplished on the cross: rescue, safety, preservation, freedom, liberty, peace, righteousness, victory, deliverance, forgiveness, protection, health, prosperity. We are pardoned, re-created, healed, restored, and made strong, whole and sound: mentally, physically, materially, and spiritually.
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save (sozo) that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 (NKJV)
Who wouldn’t want Jesus as Savior and Salvation? Jesus is incredible and there is no one like Him. He is the only true, living God and He loves you unconditionally with an everlasting love. We were created by Him to be in His family. He told us to call God, our Father. We were created to worship Him and He is seeking worshippers because He wants to be in relationship with us. It is when we bring Him our heart in love that is worship not just a song or praise from our lips. His desire is for intimacy and family.
So how do we receive Salvation? God has provided a way to bridge the gap between us and Him through Jesus Christ by His death and resurrection! We must be born again to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). We must make the choice to put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation.
“He died on the cross but God raised Him from the grave on the third day.” Acts 10:40 (NKJV)
“To Him all the prophets witness that, through His Name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” Acts 10:43 (NKJV)
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9, 10 (NKJV)
For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13 (NKJV)
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven, given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NKJV)
Salvation is not a goal to be achieved but a gift to be received. It is all about God’s grace which He gave by His love through Jesus Christ. Grace is the unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor that He freely gives without demanding anything from us in return. It is also divine empowerment, enablement and provision from God. Salvation is a free gift from God and we can’t earn it! All we need to do is receive it by grace through faith. Faith receives what grace provides.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9 (NKJV)
When we believe in Jesus and ask Him to be our Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit comes to reside inside us (Ephesians 1:13, 14) and we become a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)! He changes us from the inside out. We don’t have to clean ourselves up first. We don’t have the power in ourselves to stop sinning. But we do need to have a repentant heart concerning our sin and understand that it keeps us from God.
Repentance in the Bible is the Greek word metanoia, which means to change your mind; about God and your sin. You must have a desire to turn from your sin and turn to God (Matthew 3:2; 4:17). Godly sorrow leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10) when you realize that you have sinned against God who is Holy and good and that you need a Savior because you cannot save yourself. It is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance (Romans 2:4).
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 (NKJV)
We receive the gift of salvation through Jesus and what He did on the cross. We are then transformed and made new (Ephesians 2:8, 9). We are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10). The Holy Spirit continues to transform us as we behold and look at Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:17, 18) and the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).
Receive Jesus into your heart as your Savior and He will change you. It doesn’t matter what you have or haven’t done there is forgiveness available to all at the cross – come as you are (1 John 1:9)! This is the starting place to receive all that He is and wants to give to you so you can have eternal life forever and abundant life now!
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3 (NKJV)
When you become born again, there is greatness born into you; Christ in you the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). When Jesus dwells in you by His Spirit, you have everything that comes from heaven i.e. forgiveness, the love of God (Romans 5:5), the faith of God (Romans 12:3), the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), etc. When we have a revelation of what Christ has done for us we gladly respond by giving Him our heart and lives to follow Him.
There is a choice to be made. Many people believe in God but have not received Jesus as their Savior. Many believe that there are other ways to heaven apart from Jesus Christ. Religions of the world are based on man’s efforts to reach God by doing righteous deeds or perform religious service to become good enough for salvation. Some believe in a personal god and some in an unknowable and impersonal god. Some believe in many gods and try to appease and please them all. Some may not even believe there is a God. Religion wants you to work for something but Jesus wants you to receive something that He has already worked for, bought and paid for!
Christianity is different because the Most High God, Almighty God, the one true, living God who created the universe and mankind, reached out to humanity to save him because we were helpless to save ourselves. There is only one way to heaven, through believing in Jesus Christ who is God come in the flesh, who died for our sins, rose again on the third day and is now seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven (Acts 2:30-36; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Ephesians 1:20). If Christ isn’t raised from the dead, then the cross has no meaning (1 Corinthians 15:17). But Jesus is alive and rose from the dead just as He said (Matthew 16:21; 28:5, 6; Luke 24:4-8). Because He lives, we shall live also (John 14:19, 20).
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV)
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13, 14 (NKJV)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25 (NKJV)
We can’t get into heaven on our own merits or our own righteousness i.e. just because we go to church, we have been good or we do certain things we think is required. There is none good except one Jesus Christ who was the sinless son of God (Romans 3:10 – 26; Mark 10:18; Psalm 14:1 – 3).
Heaven is heaven because God is there. Hell is separation from God’s goodness, mercy, grace, kindness, blessings, etc. (Matthew 7:23) and is a place of torment and punishment (Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 25:46) that was created for Satan and His fallen angels (Matthew 25:41). God wants mankind to spend eternity with Him but if we choose to go against what God says or try to get in based on our own way, thinking or righteousness; He gives us that free choice. His love allows us to have our own will to choose Him or not. Because God is Holy and there is no sin or evil in heaven, receiving Jesus is the only way to enter because of His sacrifice, death and resurrection. He is the only one that met God’s requirements and made a way for us.
There are two families and two destinations: God’s family of blessing, peace and prosperity through Christ which leads to eternal life and heaven and Satan’s family of bondage, lies and oppression which leads to hell, death and destruction. Choosing Christ means choosing life; all things are yours and all that He has is yours (1 Corinthians 3:21-23; 2 Corinthians 8:9). God even tells us to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19)! You can’t have the abundance God promises unless you are His child (John 14:6; Romans 8:17).
The first time Jesus came into the world was to save the world not to condemn it (John 3:17). However, because He isn’t willing that any should perish, God prolongs Christ’s second returning to judge the earth so that many may come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9). He doesn’t send people to hell as that is their choice. What you do with Jesus Christ right now counts forever! God is love (1 John 4:8-10; 17, 18) and He wants to spend eternity with you. Jesus is calling you to follow Him and to be His disciple (John 8:31, 32; Luke 6:40; 9:23; 14:27). Only you can make that choice for yourself. He promises salvation for you and your household when you believe in Him (Acts 16:31). You must come to Jesus if you want to go to heaven.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (NKJV)
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36 (NKJV)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My Word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24 (NKJV)
If you would like to experience the love of God and to have peace with Him through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you can pray this suggested prayer out loud right now. You can also pray in your own words. Remember, it is not words or prayer alone that will save you. Prayer is a way to reach out to the Lord and must be done in faith (completely trusting in Him alone to save you). He even gives us His faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 12:3; Hebrews 12:2). Christ will save you when you ask Him believing that He will. Faith is not a feeling but simply believing God by taking Him at His Word which allows you to receive His gift of Salvation.
Your Word says that whoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved. I ask You to forgive me for my sins. I repent and turn from them and turn to You. I am calling on You and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead and He is alive today. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me the Holy Spirt to live inside of me. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and Your healing power in my life. I now belong to You. Help me to live for You and obey You all the days of my life.
In Jesus name, Amen.
When we receive Jesus as our Savior, we receive His righteousness and God’s favor of all His Blessings. This changes everything. He is a God of love and wants to bless us. Are you ready to receive it? Our part is to believe and receive by faith! Faith allows God to bless us. We need to see that God wants to Bless us (Genesis 1:28)!
In other words, we have all the Blessings bestowed on mankind by God in Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit (i.e. healing, grace, deliverance, preservation, protection, provision, righteousness, etc.).
He loves us and any area of salvation needed He brings to us. This is the day of our visitation or salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). He has provided for us but we must receive the Blessings He freely gives. He waits for our consent to allow Him to give us all that He is! Jesus came to give us abundant and eternal life.
Jesus said “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (NKJV).
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the Name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:12, 13 (NKJV)
We aren’t satisfied with our present knowledge of Jesus Christ. Give to each and everyone here Your Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, Your Son. To know Him is eternal life. To know Him is life more abundant. Let us see Jesus in all His beauty. He is our bread, our refuge and protection, our healer, and our provider. Help us to keep our eyes on Jesus and look to Him for all that we need. Give us a revelation and experiential knowledge of the love of Christ that we might be filled with the fullness of God. May our lives be filled with the Glory of Your Grace!
In Jesus name we pray, Amen
If you just received Jesus as your Savior and Salvation then I welcome you into the Family of God! For more about how to grow in Christ see: https://alexiscarucci.com/welcome-to-god’s-family/
You can also receive the gift of the Baptism with the Spirit which Jesus promised to give as a separate and subsequent experience from the new birth indwelling of the Holy Spirit with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon believers. It is only for believers giving them power from on high to be witnesses for Him and evidenced by speaking in tongues which is a heavenly language simply by asking Him in faith (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-4; 32-33; 38-39).
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit means immersion or in-filling with the Spirit’s life and power and Jesus is the one who is doing the baptizing (John 1:32-34). It is an empowering for service reproducing the ministry of Jesus including signs, wonders and miracles! The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is received by grace through faith based on the Word of God just like all the other blessings of God (not by our feelings – 2 Corinthians 5:7). Remember, it is not just an experience but the reality of the person of the Holy Spirit in us and working through us.
I ask you to baptize me with the Holy Spirit. I fully expect to receive by grace through faith power from on high, and to speak with other tongues, as the Holy Spirit gives me utterance. Thank you for pouring out the Holy Spirit upon me and immersing me in Him.
In Your Name I pray, Amen.
Now, begin to praise and worship and when the Holy Spirit brings words and syllables to you, then speak them forth. They will be in a heavenly or an unknown language to you! Continue using this blessing God has given you and pray in the Spirit every day!
For more about the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of God, see these previous blogs: https://alexiscarucci.com/2019/03/25/holy-spirit-brings-victory-and-abundance-part-one-indwelling-power/; https://alexiscarucci.com/2019/04/01/holy-spirit-brings-anointing-and-power-part-two-in-filling-power/; https://alexiscarucci.com/2019/04/08/holy-spirit-gives-gifts-part-three/)