The Eternal Purpose of God
Courtesy to Berean Bible Society
ARE YOU SAVED?
Some of the most common responses you will receive to this question are;
I am basically a good person.
I’ve always been a Christian.
I’m a church member.
I’ve never done anything really bad.
I keep the commandments.
I’ve made Jesus the Lord of my life.
I believe in God.
I’ve been baptized.
I’m doing the best I can.
I prayed the sinner’s prayer.
I am a born-again Christian
While these answers are interesting, none of them answer the question. One reason people give these unresponsive answers is that they don’t understand the question.
The question, “Are you saved?” asks whether you have trusted Christ’s shed blood on the cross as payment for your sins. It is not asking about what works that you, or others, may have done.
All of the unresponsive answers refer to something that a person does, but salvation is what Christ has already done for us. The gospel of our salvation is clearly stated by the apostle Paul:
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
The blood of Christ has purchased what we could not earn ourselves.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (Colossians 1:14)
We cannot be good enough to earn salvation because “there is none righteous” (Rom. 3:10) and “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23). The “wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). In order to be saved, we must stop trusting ourselves and trust the blood payment that Christ has already made on our behalf!
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)