What is salvation?
Receiving Christ, some might say.
Let’s ask the question a different way. How can we know we’ve received our salvation?
That’s easy. We change our lifestyle and behaviors to emulate that of our Lord.
Okay, that’s fair. But let’s look a little closer for the proof. The change from the old man to the new man is what it’s all about, isn’t it?
If we’re not changed, then clearly we’re not Christian.
What’s something Jesus did that we could never do, not unless we truly were changed by our salvation experience.
For our example, let’s look at the life, no, let’s make that the death of Stephen in Acts 7:54-60. Stephen is being stoned in this passage, one of the worst ways possible to die.
Let’s look at what definitively proved Stephen’s salvation in this passage, the thing about Stephen that said he was forever changed by his relationship with Jesus Christ.
As Stephen was suffering from the bashing of the stones, in Verse 60, he falls to his knees and says:
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”
They were killing him, and still, Stephen asked the Lord not to hold his death, inflicted in the cruelest manner possible, against them.
Now picture Jesus on the cross. You’re seeing the connection. Luke 23:34 gives us Jesus’ final words as he suffered the ultimate indignity:
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
We must live like Christ and die like him. When we can do that, our salvation is beyond discussion. We have it totally and completely.
Christ is our example. Let’s live and die like him.
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