For all those who want to be free – Freedom from doubt and fear, freedom from shame and guilt, free from rejection, resentment, bitterness, anger and hate. Freedom from lust, and all the carnal desires of the flesh . . . There is hope, and there is a Deliverer . . . !
“For it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be Saved !” Acts 2:21 & Romans 10:13
One of the first questions that must be answered is, What is Salvation? and what does it really mean to be Saved? The Word of the Living God gives us the answer in clarity and in Truth. Below are the definitions in their original hebrew and greek of the text.
Saved (H3467, G4982) = to open wide, set free, rescue, succor, deliver, defend, give
victory, heal and make whole !
Salvation (H3444, G4991) = deliverance, aid, help, victory, health, welfare, prosperity,
moral or physical rescue and safety
So we see that Salvation is not merely a ticket to heaven, it is not reserved for some day in the future, when Christ Jesus returns in the clouds of heaven. But Salvation is something which He came to give to every one who will exercise faith in His Word, and believe that He cannot lie, and that He will do exactly as He has Promised !
ref: Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2 & Hebrews 6:18
Often it is asked, “But how can we know which of these definitions apply in this verse? And the answer is so simple, and yet so powerful it will change your life – Which of these do hunger and thirst for; and for which of these are you in the greatest need ?
For all of the prophecies of the old testament Scriptures pointed forward to the One Who was to come. And it is He, Jesus Christ (Yehushua ha Moshiac) which is our Salvation, our Deliverer, our Redeemer, and our Healer !
“And Jesus returned in the power* of the Spirit into Galilee . . . and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue (church, congregation) on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read . . . And when He had opened the scroll, He found the place where it is written . . . .
The Spirit of the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the Glad Tidings to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and the recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised . . . . And to proclaim the acceptable year* of the Lord !”
Luke 4:14-19 & Isaiah 61:1-3
Let us read aloud again this promise from Acts 2:21, only now let us read it from the old testament Scriptures from which the apostles were quoting . . .
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said . . . !” Joel 2:32
So Who is this Jesus, and what makes Him different from any other man ? And how can I be delivered and set free, just by calling upon His name ?
“And the angel said unto her, Fear not Mary: for thou hast found favour with GOD. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and . . . that Holy One which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God . . . And thou shalt call His name JESUS (Yehushua – from H3091+3467 – Jehovah’s Salvation) . . .
And thou shalt call His name JESUS, for He shall save His people from their sins ! . . .
And He shall be great (mighty), and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the LORD God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David. And He shall Reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end . . . !”
Luke 1:30-37 & Matthew 1:21
All rights which the devil had, and every soul that he claims as his own through ignorance, sin, iniquity and transgression, the Lord Jesus Christ has canceled, and taken back. All that was lost through our world’s first prince Adam, the Second Adam (Jesus) has won back. ref: I Corinthians 15:45 & Romans 5:12-21
Lord (G2962, H136 – Adoni) = Sovereign, King, Ruler
Christ (G5547 – Khristos) = Anointed, to consecrate with Oil
The Lord Jesus Christ was born into this world for one single purpose – to win back the dominion which was lost by the father of our race, when he yielded his reign to Satan at that forbidden tree in Eden. To redeem all of mankind; to gain for each of us that victory which would be impossible except through faith in Him. And to restore in man the image, likeness, and the Character of our Father in heaven; breaking the chains of sin in which we have been bound for all of our lives ! . . . Yea, He is verily, King of kings, and Lord of lords.
This world was taken captive by a usurper almost 6000 years ago, and since that fateful day every man, woman and child born only once, has been born with a fallen nature, born into the bondage of sin. All of us were as slaves working for a cruel master on his plant-ation. Without hope of redemption or deliverance from a life of . . .
And then one day, a man passed by, and saw us sweating under the taskmaster’s lash and heavy burdens. And as this man of God stopped and looked in wonder, he took from beneath his arm, a book and read from it’s pages the Glad Tidings of our emancipation !
But although he was very happy to share his Glad Tidings (gospel), most of us refused to believe. And although the document contained the president’s signature and seal, only a few would take the step of faith, and shake off the chains which they had grown so accustomed to for so many years !
So the question we must ask is: When President Abraham Lincoln signed that Emancipation Proclamation, how many of the slaves were made free men? And if we see a man or woman still wearing the chains of a slave, what must we do in order to help them know that they have already been made free ?
“For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed (put to shame) . . . And whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Adoni – Sovereign King) shall be Saved (delivered, set free, healed) . . . .
But how can they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard ? . . . As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that proclaim the Glad Tidings of Peace (between God and man) !
But they have not all obeyed (believed) the gospel. For Isaiah saith, LORD, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God !” Romans 10:11-17
Choose ye this day whom ye will serve ?
“Then came Jesus (Yehushua) and spake unto them saying . . . All power is given unto Me (as the Son of God and the Son of man) in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore . . . into all the world, and proclaim the Glad Tidings to every creature . . .
For he that believeth and is baptized (with the Spirit) shall be saved (delivered, rescued, set free, healed and made whole) . . . !” Matthew 28:18-19 & Mark 16:15-20
The path to Salvation is a very simple one, so simple yet full of power! It is a gift freely given to all, and yet it costs everything in order to obtain it . . . Everything, even your own life !
– To hear the Glad Tidings of Salvation in Christ Jesus – to Believe in your heart & confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord (the Sovereign King) ! – to Call upon the name of the Lord (for whosoever calleth upon the name of the Lord shall not be put to shame) ! – to Choose ye this day whom ye will serve ? – to Repent and be baptized for the remission* (pardon, forgiveness, deliverance) of sins & receive the gift of the Spirit of Christ – to Surrender entirely your life – (your desires, affections, plans, goals), and your will to His ! – to Stand and Walk in the Spirit, and through faith and obedience present your bodies each day as a living sacrifice unto the LORD our God !