Salvation is the basis of our Christian faith. The main reason why Christ lived a sacrificial life was for redemption and salvation. I have heard people say they got saved from birth. You cannot be saved by birth; you are saved when you confess Jesus as your Lord and saviour
Salvation simply means “to be saved”. Saved from what? From Sin, the old ways of life and reborn into a new life in Christ Jesus. The gift of salvation is available for all at no price but, it can never be inherited. The gift must be professed and received individually.
Salvation is Personal. Not by Birth
Growing up in a Christian home automatically denotes to some people that they are saved. This assumption is made based on the fact that their parents are Christians or the environment they find themselves in is a Christian environment.
However, the book of Rom. 10:9-10 gives us a basis for salvation being an individual experience “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
The basis Paul was explaining to the people of Romans, is that
- It must be an individual decision
- It must involve confession
- You must believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ
- Finally, you must profess your faith (which is your new life) in Christ
The salvation of your parents cannot save you; they can only teach you the right way of life in Christ Jesus. Believers must also note the following
- That you speak in tongues doesn’t mean you are saved
- That you preach the gospel doesn’t mean you are saved
- That you go to church or fellowship doesn’t mean you are saved
- That you love your neighbours doesn’t mean you are saved
- That you keep the commandments doesn’t mean you are saved
God only has sons and not grandsons. The same door your parents walk through to God, you must pass through it. The door is JESUS.
All the actions of faith you do without personally confessing Christ and believing in His resurrection (which is the basis of our faith) are worthless. Deep down in your heart, travel down memory lane and check whether you have really made the decision to follow Christ or you have only been showing the actions of faith. If you have not, do the needful. Confess Christ and believe in His resurrection in your heart.