Who Then Can Be Saved?
The Wealthy - A rich young ruler came to Jesus seeking eternal life. Encountering the Lord Jesus, face to face, he turned back to his possessions and went away sorrowfully. Jesus then told His disciples that it was hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God, "but with God, all things are possible." Matthew 19:16-26
The Uneducated - The Apostle Peter led a simple life as a fisherman, but, when the Pharisees saw "the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13 When Jesus miraculously fed five thousand souls and many withdrew from Him, He asked the twelve, "Will ye also go away?" Peter boldly gave the correct answer, "Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." John 6:67-69
The Unloved - There was a woman at the well who also had a personal encounter with Christ. He compassionately revealed her innermost feeling when He exposed her futile search for love in going from husband to husband. She exhorted the other men in town,
"Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" John 4:29
The Religious - Paul the Apostle was Saul the Pharisee before he trusted Christ as his Savior. He persecuted Christians, arresting them and bringing them to trial. On the road to Damascus he had a life changing encounter with the glorified Christ. "And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Acts 9:5&6
The Sinners - When Jesus was dying on the cross, He lamented to the heavenly Father for those who took part in His affliction and willingly mocked. "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34 There were also two malefactors being crucified beside Him. One joined in the taunting, the other believed on Him. "And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise." Luke 23:42&43
Anyone - can be saved! What about you?
Jesus said, "They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Luke 5:31&32
The difference between salvation and religion is the difference between faith and good works. The Bible contradicts all human religions by offering eternal life through faith alone. The Bible is not just a book about love & compassion or morality. It is a message from God about forgiveness and salvation through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, who loved us and shed His precious blood to pay for our sin. His redemption secures us an everlasting home in heaven by faith.
Salvation is simple enough for even a child to understand. Repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your very own Savior, and be born again by the Holy Spirit. Salvation is a free gift and not payment or reward for our own good works.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Rom. 10:9&10,13