Title: Religion or Salvation; Which have you?
Date: April 20, 2009
Author: The People's Gospel Hour, P.O. Box 1660 Halifax N.S. Canada B3J 3A1
I did not write this.
Acts 4:12, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
At certain seasons of the year, we find many religious celebrations being conducted. We find that the natural man wants to be religious and at times will do many things thinking that he is performing an act of worship unto God. But the Word of God teaches that religion is not salvation! The word of God teaches that you can be religious and miss heaven!
Our text teaches us that there is not salvation in any other name than the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Our text teaches us that there in none other name given under heaven whereby we can be saved. You are saved by Jesus Christ or you are not saved!
How clear and concise: There should be neither confusion nor contradiction. There are many name under heaven in which we can find religion; but salvation can be found in one only, and that is the name of Jesus Christ.
There is no salvation in priests, prophets, penance or prayers, but only in Christ. You may have your service and sacraments, churches and charities, tears and treasure, ritual and reformation, but all are powerless to produce eternal life. The Word of God tells us in 1 John 5:11,12, "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."
Men are willing to give head knowledge to the claims of Christianity, but they refuse to accept in their hearts the Christ of Christianity.
Men and women are willing to take the high place in the work and ritual of the church, while refusing to take the low place of guilty sinners needing a sinner's salvation.
Men and women are willing to believe in the moral precepts of God's Word, as based on the Ten Commandments; while refusing to believe in, rest on, and receive God's Son as Saviour of their souls.
RELIGION is the improvement of the old nature.
SALVATION is the imparting of the new nature through receiving Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
The Word of God tells us in John 1:12, "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God"
RELIGON clothes us in the robes of our own righteousness and God tells us in Isaiah that our righteousness is as a filthy rag.
SALVATION clothes us in the perfect righteousness of Christ, which alone can make us acceptable in the sight of God.
God's Word tells us in Titus 3:5 "Jesus saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit"
RELIGION is what man does for God;
SALVATION is what God does for man.
Isaiah 53:6 tells us, "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
RELIGION says: Something in my hand I bring.
SALVATION says: Nothing in my hand I bring.
Ephesians 2:8, 9 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast."
RELIGION is trusting in a work we do.
SALVATION is trusting in a work that has been done.
Hebrews 10:10, "And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."
RELIGION is depends on our behaving.
SALVATION depends on our believing.
Acts 16:31, "They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved -- you and your household."
RELIGION says we must act our best.
SALVATION says we must accept God's best. Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
RELIGION depends on he sufficiency of character.
SALVATION depends on the Sacrifice of the Cross.
1 Corinthians 1:18, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
RELIGION tries to furnish a sacrifice.
SALVATION trusts in a finished sacrifice.
John 19:30 "When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
RELIGION is striving for a better attainment.
SALVATION is secured through a perfect atonement.
1 Peter 1:18, 19, "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect."
RELIGION tries to bring us from darkness to light.
SALVATION does bring us from death unto life.
John 5:24, "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life."
RELIGION says we must be found in God's house.
SALVATION says we must "Be found in (Christ), not having" our "own righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ. " - Philippians 3:9.
Again I remind you of our text: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby e must saved."
My dear friends, do you have religion or salvation? If you only have religion, then you will miss heaven and spend eternity apart from God and His Son in a place of torment. If you have salvation, you now have the promise of eternal life with God and His Son forevermore.