Reflecting the Glory | Acts 4:12 | Devotional
This verse makes it clear that salvation is found in no one else but Jesus. Can you give the reason why that is the case? Try to form the answer on your own without reading farther. After you have spent some time thinking through issues, I’ll give you some talking points.
- What is salvation? Salvation is a word-picture that expresses the idea of rescue from a dangerous situation.
- What’s our dangerous situation? All of us are sinners (Romans 6:23) and our sin has separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2).
- What makes that a dangerous situation? God hates sin and will judge it with his eternal wrath. Our sinful state places us under his judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
- So, I will be a good person. Certainly God will not judge me if I am good, will he? The problem is that I am a sinner and can never be good enough to be accepted by God (Isaiah 64:6). Since I am a sinner my best attempt is still tainted by sin (Romans 3:12).
- So, I am a sinner, can do nothing about it, and God judges me. And you call him a loving God? Yes, God came in the form of Jesus. Jesus was fully-God and fully-Man. As a sinless human, he took the full wrath of God for sin on the cross. Since we could not pay the penalty for our sins Jesus did it for us (1 Peter 2:5-6). One writer says it this way, “It is the Lord who saves us from the wrath of the Lord” (Sproul, Essentials of the Christian Faith, p.160).
- So, if I would even want to be “saved” what do I do? After you understand that you cannot save yourself, trust in Jesus as the one who took God’s wrath for sin on your behalf (1 Peter 3:18). You give him your sin, he gives you forgiveness and the free gift of salvation (Colossians 2:13-15).
Ok, there’s certainly much more to the conversation. Don’t expect the person to fall to his knees. But that will get you started. We need to be prepared to explain the hope we have in Christ. One more thing. Be as gracious with others as God has been with you. Share with respect and gentleness (1 Peter 3:15).
Father, give us opportunities to share, gentleness from your Spirit, and respect for those who are now where we used to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.