- What it is and how you can receive it -




I want to ask you this simple question: ‘Are you saved?’ I have not asked you what is the religion you belong to, or how many good works you have done, or if you have abstained from certain sins (such as adultery, murder, theft, witchcraft) but I have asked you if you are saved.

When I ask people this question, many of them reply: ‘Well, I try to be as much good as possible!’ or ‘I am a good and honest person, I don’t steal, and I don’t kill, I work and as I have opportunity I do some good!’. These people through their answers show that they don’t know what it means to be saved. Other people answer me: ‘As for me, I hope I will be saved’ showing thus that they do not have the assurance of salvation. Among them are the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Roman Catholics. Their answer does not surprise me because I know that according to the teaching of these sects, a man cannot affirm that he has the assurance of salvation (that is, he can’t say ‘I have been saved’ or ‘I am saved’) for that’s a demonstration of arrogance and presumptuousness. In other words, only the arrogant and presumptuous people can say that they are saved, whereas those who are humble in heart will never say such a thing! But, as we will see very soon, their words are untrue!

You are probably among those who, when they are asked that question, give one of the above mentioned answers, thus you also are among those who have not yet been saved, and since your are not saved that means that your are lost, yes, lost. You are like a lost sheep who wanders without knowing where it is going, you have no hope: as for the afterlife you are without certainties. Your spiritual state is miserable: maybe you think you have everything in your life, for you have a family, a job, good health, money, and friends, and so you need nothing else; of course, from a material point of view you have everything, but from a spiritual point of view you have nothing, for you are not saved. Therefore you are a miserable person, a poor person. Now, I want to explain to you what it means to be saved and how you can be saved according to the Scripture, which is the Word of God.

To be saved means we have been quickened, that is, we have been spiritually raised up. For men – without exception – are dead in their sins for the sin, which they serve, pay them for their service with death, as it is written: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), thus men have no life in themselves, and they need to be quickened (that is, to be made alive), and those who have been quickened have been saved while those who have not yet been quickened are still lost. That’s what we infer from the following words of Paul to the saints at Ephesus: “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 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 2:1-9). As you can see, Paul says to those believers that they were once dead in their sins but God made them alive and raised them up together with Christ, that He might show the exceeding riches of His grace, thus he tells them that they have been saved by grace. Therefore according to the Bible, salvation is a spiritual resurrection, a resurrection which is experienced through Christ, for the apostle says that God showed us His kindness through Christ Jesus. What does it mean? It means that a man, who is dead in his sins, is made alive through faith in the Christ of God, for it is only through faith in Jesus Christ that a man can receive the remission of sins, that is, justification. For, as the spiritual death came through a man, that is Adam, so the spiritual resurrection came also through a man, that is, Jesus Christ. For it is through His atoning death on the cross that justification that brings life came upon all men (Romans 5:18), please notice that it is called justification that brings life for it quickens those who receive it. And justification can be obtained only through faith in His name. We have obtained it and we can assure you that it gave us life, that life we formerly did not have for we also were dead in our sins. But thanks be unto God who had mercy on us; He had mercy on our iniquities, which were blotted out by Him instantly through the blood of Christ. So now we can say for certain that we live because of Christ.

To be saved means we have been set free from the bondage of sin, for Paul wrote to the saints at Rome: “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Romans 6:17-18). This deliverance, which we obtained through faith in Jesus Christ, enables us to proclaim that we are no longer slaves of iniquity, of vice and of lust. To explain to you this concept, I will give you an illustration you can understand easily: it is as a man who after he was bound hand and foot with big cords for many years, at a certain time is set free by someone who breaks those cords and thus he regains his freedom of movement. It is as a slave who, after many years of hard and harsh slavery, regained his freedom because someone came and delivered him freely from that yoke. Don’t you think that such a man, who experienced such a deliverance, can say that he has the assurance that he has been set free? Of course, he can. So those who have experienced deliverance from sin through faith in Jesus Christ are free from the yoke of sin, which they could not break by their own strength for it was stronger than them. Do not deceive yourself, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:34), and thus sin has dominion over him, it overcomes him, it overwhelms him, for it is stronger than him, and he can be set free from sin only by Jesus Christ, and if He sets him free, he is free indeed (John 8:36).

To be saved means we possess eternal life, as it is written: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13). Therefore, those who are saved have the assurance that when they die they will go to heaven to be with the Lord, for that’s the place where the redeemed go after death. The apostles, who were men who had been saved had this assurance. Here is what they said: “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). As you can see, eternal life is obtained through faith in Christ Jesus. Obviously to have eternal life means we are not afraid of death any longer. How can a man who knows that a better life is awaiting him in the hereafter, be afraid of death? That’s the reason the apostle Paul said that to him to die was “gain” (Philippians 1:21) and that he desired to depart from his body, for he knew that to be absent from the body means to be with Christ in heaven, which is far better than to live on earth since in heaven there are no more pains and sufferings, but there is perfect joy and peace. Instead, after death the souls of the lost go to hell, which is a land of deep disorder, and where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (that’s what Jesus Christ said and we firmly believe Him). Therefore, hell is a terrible place, and you are going there because you are still dead in your sins, lost and slave of sin. Maybe before now you did not know about the existence of this terrible place prepared by God for the souls of the lost, but you were anyway afraid of death for you did not know what was awaiting you in the hereafter, your were sure that you will continue to live but you did not know where and you did not know if in that unknown place you will be happy or unhappy: all this frightened you. Therefore, now you know where you will go after death, where the kind of life you are living is leading you, you know it, but above all you know that in order to escape this horrible end you must experience salvation, which is offered you through Jesus Christ, by faith in His name. Yes, you can be saved from the fire of hell only by faith in Jesus Christ.

Therefore, to obtain salvation, you must believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. But pay attention to this: you must believe not only that He existed, but also that He died on the cross for our sins and after three days He rose again according to the prophetic Scriptures (for both His death and His resurrection had been foretold by God through His prophets centuries before) and after His passion He showed Himself alive to many believers. The apostle Paul confirms that it is by faith that a man can be saved when he reminds the Corinthians of the Gospel he had preached to them. Hear what the apostle says: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that 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: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time” (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).

Therefore, what you must do to be saved, is only to believe in these things. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved ….” (Acts 16:31), that’s the Good News I preach in the name of the Lord to you lost man. Therefore, if you are a Roman Catholic, you must not try to be good in order to be saved, you must not go on pilgrimages, you must not give alms, you must not repeat mechanically prayers to this or that saint, you must not fast, you must not go to Mass, you must not confess to your priest at least once a year, you must not mortify your body and do many other things; and if you are a Jehovah’s Witness you must not go from home to home to bring the Watchtower magazine, which contains damnable heresies; all these things are vain, you are wasting your time, they can’t be useful to you, for the price for your salvation was paid in full by Jesus Christ when He died on the cross and He shed His precious blood; you must only accept the salvation He purchased with His blood, you must only accept such a great gift from Him. He was in the glory with His Father, He was in the form of God, but He took the form of a bondservant and came in the likeness of men; He humbled Himself and became obedient to the death of the cross, to die for our sins and transgressions. In other words, He humbled Himself in order to give us, through His sacrifice, remission of sins, justification that brings life, and eternal salvation.

Hear, man or woman, today by reading these words you came to know your spiritual state and the place where you will go after death, but also what you must do to come out of this spiritual state you are in and thus to be saved from sin and eternal perdition. Not only this, you have come to know also what Jesus Christ did in order to save you from sin and eternal perdition. For He died on the cross for our sins: He who knew no sin and who did only good to people, the Righteous One, suffered for the unrighteous, to bring them to God; He, the Holy One, suffered for sinners to reconcile them to God through His death.

Therefore, now, recognize you are a sinner before God; you are indeed a sinner and thus you must recognize this. I understand it is humiliating for you to do this, but you must understand that you humble yourself before the One who is Holy, the Creator. Then repent of your many sins you have committed, it does not matter if these sins seem to you little or big, serious or less serious, confess those sins to God (He hears you) and take the decision not to commit them any longer. And then believe in Jesus Christ, that is, believe He died on the cross for our sins, He was buried and then He rose again. Believe these things with all your heart, they are able to set you free once for all from the bondage of sin.

Do not harden your heart, or else you will lose your soul, for your soul will go to hell after death. And at the resurrection you will be judged and condemned to the eternal fire. Don’t continue to harden your heart, for you would store up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, but open your heart and receive the love of the truth that you may be saved.

Take the right decision, the most important decision of your life: accept God’s salvation.