There Is Something About That Name!
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other
name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
How can anyone truly surrender their life to someone whom they don’t really know or understand? In Ephesians 2:4-10, Paul answers this question,
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the age to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
As you read through these verses, you see that it’s “with Christ Jesus” and “in Christ Jesus” that God has saved us by grace through faith, and He did this while we were dead in our sins. God did it and we are told that we can’t even boast in this fact.
Some ask this question, “What is our part then?” Paul answers in Romans 10:9-10,
“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved;
for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness,
and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
Our part is simply to believe what God has done for us in Jesus Christ His Son and we will be saved. Now, we can’t leave out Ephesians 1:13-14 that tells us something else that happens when God saves us by grace through faith and we believe in Jesus Christ,
“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth,
the gospel of your salvation —
having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
who is given as a pledge of our inheritance;
with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession,
to the praise of His glory.”
Because of the name of Jesus Christ we can have confidence before God, a sincere and clean heart, a steadfast confession that does not waver, the ability to stimulate one another, and the desire to come together regularly to encourage one another – and we need this now more than ever.
Are you here and have never given your life to Christ? I want you to know that it is easier than you think because God has done it all for you through His Son Jesus Christ. You just need to believe that God is telling you the truth about His Son. There is no other way for you to be saved accept by the name of Jesus Christ.
Inspired to Cherish
Let’s write in our personal journals Hebrews 10:19-25. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have confidence to enter the holy place where God is?
- Is your heart sincere and cleansed from an evil conscience and your body washed with pure water?
- Are you holding fast the confession of hope without wavering?
- Do you take time to consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds?
- Is it a priority to you that you not forsake assembling together with fellow believers in order to encourage one another?
Now let’s spend time on this beautiful Sunday asking God our Father to help this to be true of us after all He has done for us in Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are almost to the end of September Devotion. Only three more days left and I will bring this devotion to a close and put it into book form as a PDF for you to access in the right side bar under “Bible Studies I Have Written For You”. Don’t forget to check out Gospel Read Thru In October. It is my prayer that you will continue to come daily, joining me in reading through the four Gospels during the month of October.
You can find the other days to this devotional here: September 1, September 2, September 3, September 4, September 5, September 6, September 7, September 8, September 9, September 10, September 11, September 12, September 13, September 14, September 15, September 16, September 17, September 18, September 19, September 20, September 21, September 22, September 23, September 24, September 25, and September 26