Are You Saved?
This question should receive a “Yes” or “No” answer, but it almost never does. Some of the most common responses are:
- I’m doing the best I can.
- I prayed the sinner’s prayer.
- I’ve made Jesus the Lord of my life.
- I believe in God.
- I’ve been baptized.
- I’m a church member.
- I keep the commandments.
- I am basically a good person.
- I walked the aisle and prayed through.
- I’ve always been a Christian.
- I’ve never done anything really bad.
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 or not 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 (Eph. 1:13) is clearly stated by the apostle Paul:
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 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!
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Knowing that we are sinners and that Christ died for us, we should respond by placing our faith in Christ’s payment for our sin.
One day, everyone will give an account of themselves to God. Why not settle the question of your salvation today?