Yesterday morning, churches were packed all across Oklahoma City. Some churches, like CrossPointe Church in Crescent, Ok, put on Easter productions that acted out Christ’s events at Calvary. Other churches chose to preach sermons detailing the eternal significance of Easter. At the end of each of these productions and sermons opportunities were given for people in the audience to accept Jesus as their Lord in Savior.
These are incredibly powerful services that leave an eternal imprint on countless lives. The concept of salvation is the singularly foundational teaching of Christianity. The most commonly thought of result of the cross is that humanity now has the ability to enter into heaven with God. Focusing all the attention on heaven unfortunately provides an incredible disservice to Jesus’ sacrifice.
The New Testament refers to the word salvation many, many times. The two Greek words used for salvation are ‘soteria’ (example Romans 1:16) and ‘sozo’ (example Matthew 1:21). Soteria is defined as deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation; deliverance from the molestation of enemies; redeemed from all earthly ills. Sozo is defined as to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction; to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health.
First and foremost, Christ came to redeem humanity from the sin that had plagued it since Adam’s fall in the garden. That redemption dealt with so much more than just heaven. Jesus was concerned with the daily lives of people. In John 10:10 Jesus summed up his mission statement, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (Amp)
The resurrection of Jesus displayed the awesome power of God. As he prophesied, Jesus came busting out of that time, having victory over death. That power is the single most unstoppable force in nature. It is that same power of God that parted the Red Sea, helped David kill a giant, enabled Elisha to outrun the kings chariots….
In Romans 8:11the apostle Paul stated that the same spirit of God that raised Christ from the grave lives inside a Christian. 2 Timothy 1:7 states that God gave Christians a spirit of POWER. According to 1 Corinthians 2:4, it was this same power that Paul openly displayed when preaching the gospel
You see, salvation is much more than a ticket to heaven. It is asking Jesus into a person’s life and having the Spirit of God inhabit their being. God’s spirit exists in them in all the fullness of power, ready to take on all the earthly ills that person may face. Salvation paid the price so that Christian can walk in the fullness of everything God has for them and no longer just have to sit back and take everything the world throws at them. Christians have been redeemed from all earthly ills.
That is how a Christian walks out their salvation. The power of God now lives inside you, that very same power that raised Jesus from the dead. So, do not shortchange the sacrifice that Jesus paid for you. Walk in the fullness of your salvation, living a life of victory.