I previously posted about the importance of salvation or of being born again. In this post I discussed the sinner’s prayer, which is important for everyone to go through to be born again. I would like to revisit the topic of salvation in this post, while mainly staying in one part of the Bible, John Chapter 10.
To give a little background in John Chapter 10, the setting is with Jesus not being fully accepted as the Son of God by the people. You will see in John 10:20-21 “20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?””. So, in this part of the book of John, Jesus is going through conflict with the Jewish people, they are divided. One group believes that he is the Son of God, and those who believe he is not.
If you believe like I do, I do believe Jesus is the Son of God, and was sent to free us of sin. Those who believe in him are not condemned, but those who do not believe in him are condemned already because they have not believed in him and/or do not accept him. Jesus says to them in John 10:9-10, “9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” This shows that whoever goes to Jesus and accepts him as savior, is saved and will benefit. Being saved by accepting Jesus into your heart is not something that considers you as ‘religious’ as many people of the world will put it. Accepting Jesus as your savior means that you have a relationship with the Lord. Which will be different from person to person. You will still sin, after accepting Jesus as your savior. No one is perfect, but by accepting him you ask him to come into your life and make you better for his will in your life. It is important to regularly confess your sins in prayer because you never know when life will end.
There are many benefits to being saved or born again. So many people are closed minded to this or just won’t accept this. While being born again does not mean you will have a problem free life. Read Romans Chapter 8, God has plans for you not against you. Sometimes you will go through an obstacle in life, whether it be a job loss, health issue, etc. This may be God using this situation and your strong faith to bring someone else into salvation. Someone you are close to, might not be saved or born again. But if they see you go through are hard time, and you get through by faith. This may lead them to question you about your faith and how you made it through. This will give a golden opportunity to bring someone else to know Jesus as their savior.
In John 10:26-30: “but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”” Those who accept Jesus as their savior will have ever lasting life. Also, the followers of Jesus must unite together and work together to spread the word. I will leave the link below on my previous post if you’d like to learn more about the sinner’s prayer.