John 3:13-21 - And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
The moment we, by the censure and convincing of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8,13,14), and thus being convicted, submit to the Lordship of Christ (Lord over our soul, spirit and body); we will be saved from the imputed sin (Rom 5:14,19/3:23). If thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation(Rom 10:9,10). Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ* (anointed – Messiah - For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus –1Tim 2:5 - know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world – John 4:42) *is born of God (1John 5:1); for no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost (1Cor 12:3). Confession of the mouth is the outcome of one’ belief. And faith* (God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith – Rom 12:3) *empowers a person to submit to the one he/she confesses about. Total submission signifies genuine faith. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God (1John 5:1). Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, that lives and abides forever (1Pet 1:23). It is the Holy Spirit that begins the work in us, to even believe in the Prince of life (Phil 1:6/Acts 3:15). For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Phil 2:13); By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Eph 2:8). Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh (Rom 8:12). For, as many as were ordained to eternal life believed (Acts 13:48). The reason why we are saved: Because, Jesus believed, obeyed, became a ransom, he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sin of many and eventually succumbed to death, even the death of the cross (Phil 2:8/3:9/2Cor 10:5/ Matt 26:38/Isaiah 53/Heb 2:10/5:8,9/Gal 2:16,20/3:22/Job 33:24/Hosea 13:14). He gave himself a ransom (to God) for us (1Tim 2:6/Mark 10:45). I (the eternal Son – the great I AM) will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes (Hosea 13:14). Then he is gracious unto him, and said, deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom (Job 33:24). Grace (empower) = we were unworthy, weren’t we? But God’s goodness and mercy mediated for us (unshackled, liberated us)(Rom 2:4/11:22/Col 1:13/2:13-15/ For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus -1Tim 2:5 -Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me – John 14:6). God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5:8). We love him, because he first loved us (1John 4:19). So great a salvation (Heb 2: 3)! We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us (2Cor 4:7). When we come under the shed blood of Jesus Christ - the sins, which we have committed while we were in our lost state (Eph 2:12/Acts 17:30) and that which we inherited from Adam gets revoked! The handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, gets blotted out, because of the blood covenant (Col 2:14). Sin shall lose its jurisdiction over us, when we begin to live after the Spirit (Rom 6). The remission of past sins (Rom 3:25/2Pet 1:9/Heb 9: 15)! Only a part of the whole redemption plan in Christ Jesus have you capitalized on so far. It is only the first step (a preliminary stage). Through our Lord Jesus Christ, we have now received the atonement (Rom 5:11); and now being justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him (Rom 5:9), if we continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel (despite the ordeal)(Col 1:23/1Cor 11:32). For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live (Rom 8:13). For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall besaved by his life (Rom 5:10)(if we are but willing and obedient – Isaiah 1: 19). Obedience is crucial (whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness - Rom 6:13,16 – Jesus Christ is the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him – Heb 5:9 – God gives the Holy Spirit to them that obey him – Acts 5:32 - The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey – Joshua 24:24 - And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? – Luke 6:46 - He that hath my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me – John 14:21 - If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him (exclusivity), and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him – John 14: 23 - He that loves me not keeps not my sayings – John 14: 24 - And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that says, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keeps his Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him –1John 2: 3-5 - be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves – James 1:22,25). Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1Cor 3:11). The Word being found in fashion as a man (John 1:1/1Tim 3:16), he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2: 8-11). He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned (doomed) already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18). If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God, which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that, God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life (at your disposal), and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God (1John 5:9-13). If you are a believer, you now through the blood of Jesus Christ are saved from the condemned state and now have peace with God (Rom 5:1,10). By believing and walking after the Spirit, you can now walk in newness of life (Rom 6:4), in the new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh (Heb 10:20), without any condemnation, whatsoever (Rom 8:1 - KJV). If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2Cor 5:17). God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation (2Cor 5:18-20). Be ye, reconciled to God (2Cor 5:20). For God hath made Christ to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2Cor 5:21). This is what “Justification of life” is all about (Rom 5:18). We through fear of death were all our lifetime subject to bondage (Heb 2:14,15); but God hath ransomed us from the power of the grave and hath redeemed us from death through the blood of His Son (Hosea 13:14)(after wehave obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine - Rom 6:17), and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son (Col 1:13). By believing (adherence to a particular from of doctrine is alsoinvolved/imperative), we are being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Rom 3:24). This procedure opens way to the kingdom of God (authority and power of God / to become the sons of God -1John 3:1,2/2:6/John 1:12/Gal 4:1/1Pet 2:21/Heb 2:10/5:8,9/12:6-11)(1Cor 4:20/Rom 14:17/Matt 12:28/John 3:3,5/1Pet 1:23).
One has to become a part through the Spirit, to freely drink of this life giving water. The moment a person, no matter how vile his former life was, believes in the name of Jesus Christ, precious Holy Spirit will baptize him/her into the body of Christ. By faith (obedience to the faith – Rom 1:5/6:16/16:26/1Pet 1:2) alone are we all been saved! (Eph 2:8/ Rom 5:1/Acts 26:18/Luke 7:50) Saved from what? The imputed sin! (Rom 5:19/3:25/2Pet 1:9/Heb 9:15 – sins which are past)
When a person get to experience regeneration in the spirit by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost (Titus 3:5) or be born again of the incorruptible seed, by the word of God, or be born of water and of the Spirit (1Pet 1:23/John 3:5,6/Eph 4:24/1John 5:1); immediately he/she is delivered from the power of darkness and gets translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son Jesus (Col 1:13); be replanted into a fertile soil (Rom 6:5/Eph 2:12-22); will be cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and be grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree (Rom 11:17,24), that they no more walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12/Rom 6:4/Heb 10:20). That process also makes the recipient (as many as were ordained to eternal life – Acts 13:48) meet to partake of the inheritance of the saints in light (Col 1:12/Heb 10:20/Rom 6:4). Ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling (Heb 12:22-24). “Metamorphosis” from children of darkness/wrath, to children of light (Eph 2:2,12/5:8/1Thes 5:5/Rom 11:24/2Cor 3:18).
By Bobby Thomas