Part VI: The Lord of the Scroll – Salvation

Let us take a moment to pause and reflect on the implications of our story so far. Selah (3)

We will begin with the end in mind.

Question: What happens to a human today when they die?

Answer: They will either go to Heaven if they have a covenant (think eternal contract) with God, else they go to Hell due to having a covenant with Satan.

Why? Because all humans (both male and female) conceived with male DNA are born into a Covenant of Death with Satan. A covenant that was legally activated and binding when a person knowingly and willingly commits their first sin (i.e., their first act of rebellion against God). Therefore, all those who have knowingly and willingly committed a sin are destined for Hell unless they can be released from the Covenant of Death and replace that with a covenant of life with God. (4)

Why? Adam knowingly and willingly rebelled against God and chose to make a covenant with Satan in the Garden of Eden when he ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and this Covenant of Death was later sealed by the blood of Abel. Consequently, all born of the DNA of Adam’s seed (sperm) will inherit this Covenant of Death. Since Eve was deceived into the rebellion, the DNA in her seed (egg) was not affected, and those born of only the DNA of a female are born free from this Covenant of Death.

So, how can a person of full mental capability escape this Covenant of Death? Excellent question! This is THE PROBLEM that must be solved to bring mankind back into the right relationship with a Holy God.

1. Never sin. If upon knowing the difference between right and wrong and never choosing wrong your entire life, then you will never legally receive the inheritance from the Covenant of Death. However, having been born into this Covenant of Death, Satan has legal access to you to try and get you to sin (plus any legal rights inherited from sin in prior generations (1)). Also, realize Satan has had thousands of years of practice getting humans to sin. Thinking you can live without sinning is similar to thinking you will outsmart a car dealership when you only have purchased a few cars in your lifetime, and they sell cars every day for a living! That is, the odds are stacked against you. In fact, only one human has ever lived without ever sinning – Jesus the Last Adam. However, He did have the advantage of not being conceived with male DNA. Recall Jesus was conceived in the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit; therefore, He was not born into the Covenant of Death just like the first Adam when he was created (i.e., no generational sin rights). If you are reading this article, it is likely too late for this plan, as all of us can remember having sinned at least once.

2. Accept the offer of a New Covenant with God the Father through Jesus Christ the Messiah (5).

Why? Jesus entered into the Death Covenant by choice to take the just punishment for human sin and took the evidence of our guilt (i.e., Adam’s original sin and all subsequent sins) to a place that it will never be seen or heard from again. He then made a New Covenant with God the Father for us and sealed it with His own Blood! Therefore, if we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we legally enter into His death, thus freeing us from the Covenant of Death, and are born again into the New Covenant! (Colossians 1:13) Do not worry – the New Covenant cannot be broken by our subsequent sinning because it has been made between God the Father and God the Son – both of whom will never sin.

3. Well, there is no other way. I just wanted to point out that I did not state following other religions or persons would save you from Hell and get you to Heaven. Many other religions try to teach you how to live near perfectly to get to Heaven. The problem is one sin is all it takes to miss Heaven and inherit Hell. So, they are not actually offering a solution to the problem but keeping you from it!

The solution must undo what Adam did in the Garden of Eden. This would require:

  • a human not born of the DNA of man (i.e., born of a virgin),
  • who would live a sinless life,
  • take our punishment for rebellion,
  • die and be buried in our place, having entered into the Covenant of Death for us,
  • deposit the now paid-for evidence of our sin in a place it will never be seen or heard from again (i.e., the Abyss of Hades),
  • be raised back to life,
  • ascend to Heaven to make an eternal New Covenant with God the Father for us with His righteous blood, 
  • and then invite us into it.

If you believe that there are multiple paths to God, you still do not understand the nature of THE PROBLEM. If you understand THE PROBLEM, then you know Jesus the Messiah is the only SOLUTION! Again, Jesus is the only one (1) that satisfied all of the aforementioned requirements! So, you really only have one option – accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Hallelujah!

God’s Plan for Your Salvation

God Loves You and Offers You a Plan for Your Life
Christ came that all might have life, and might have it abundantly (John 10:10)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, (John 3:16–18 a ESV)
Man is Sinful and Separated from God
but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”(John 3:18 b; John 3:19-21 ESV)
The Lord looks down from heaven at the human race, to see if there is anyone who is wise and seeks God. Everyone rejects God; they are all morally corrupt. None of them does what is right, not even one! (Psalm 14:2,3) (cf, Psalm 53:2,3)
The wages of sin is death... (Romans 6:23)
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ is God’s Only Provision for Man’s Sin
God demonstrates His love for us, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)
In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us (John 1:1,14)
For Christ died for our sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.  He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18)
To all who receive Him and believe on His Name, He gives the right to become children of God (John 1:12)
“I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24 NET)
For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received—that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also. (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification (Romans 4:25)
Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me (John 14:6)
Faith is more than just believing facts about Jesus.
“You believe that there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that – and shudder” (James 2:19)
Receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord Involves Change
Christ stands at the door and knocks, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him (Revelation 3:20)

Turn to God from self (i.e., repent (1))

From that time Jesus began to preach this message: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17 NET)
Repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away (Acts 3:19)
So since we are God’s offspring, we should not think the deity is like gold or silver or stone, an image made by human skill and imagination. Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has set a day on which he is going to judge the world in righteousness, by a man whom he designated, having provided proof to everyone by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:29–31 NET)
but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds consistent with repentance. (Acts 26:20)
We Must Individually Receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord

Trust in Christ to come into our lives and forgive us our sins (i.e., exercise faith (1))

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10)
As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even those who believe in His Name (John 1:12)
By grace you have been saved through faith, not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of your works for we are not able to boast (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?” Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3-8)
…The gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23 b)

Accept Jesus Christ by faith as an act of the will. Embrace His plan for a new course in your life.

Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1)
Whoever has My commands and obeys them, they are the ones that love Me.  He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love them and show Myself to them. (Trust in His Word by faith and do not be led by your feelings.) (John 14:21)
Surrender yourself to Jesus by giving Him control over your life. 
For not all who say, “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21)
The Bible Promises Eternal Life to Those Who Receive Jesus as Savior
God gives us eternal life and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; and, he who does not have the Son, does not have life. These things are written to those who believe in the Name of the Son of God, that you will know that you have eternal life (1 John 5:11-13)
God will not leave or forsake you but will be your Helper (Hebrews 13:5-6)
I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you will be where I am (John 14:3)
Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13)
Receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord Now Through Prayer

God knows your heart and is not concerned with your words as He is with your heart’s attitude.

If you desire to be saved (1), then pray a simple prayer such as:

Thank you, Jesus, for dying on the cross for me. I confess that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I choose to repent (i.e., I choose to turn from my sins and turn towards you). I invite you now to be Lord of every area of my life:

  • Lord of my mind and all my thinking, beliefs, and imagination;
  • Lord of my emotions and all my reactions;
  • Lord of my will and all my decisions;
  • Lord of my body and all its expression;
  • Lord of my family and all my relationships;
  • Lord of my work, my finances, my needs, and my possessions;
  • Lord of my spirit and my relationship with You, God.
  • Lord of the manner and time of my death.

Thank you for your blood being shed so that I might be set free from the punishment due to my sin and for your name being written in the Book of Life. Come, Lord Jesus, and reign in my life for all my days. Thank you, Lord, for the promise of your Holy Spirit. Come, Lord, and fill me to overflowing, that your Spirit will empower me day by day to live for you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (2)

Lord Jesus, I need You and open my heart to You.  I accept You as my personal Lord and Savior.  Thank you for dying for my sins, for forgiving me, for giving me eternal life.  I look to You and want to change my life to do things pleasing to You.  Please help me to do what You want me to.  Lead me in putting away my old ways and replacing them with new ways that You will show me.  I believe in my heart that Jesus came and died for my sins, rose again on the third day, and provided the only way acceptable to You, Father, for my salvation and eternal life with You.  Thank You, Jesus, for loving me. 

If you prayed that prayer from your spiritual heart, then – welcome to the family of God! (Acts 16:31)

Now That You’ve Received Jesus as Savior

The moment you accepted Christ as Savior, the following happened:

Christ came into your life (Revelation 3:20; Colossians 1:27)

Your sins were forgiven (Colossians 1:14)

You became a child of God (John 1:12)

Rejoice that your name is written in heaven (Luke 10:20)

You received eternal life (John 5:24)

You began the plan God has for you (John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Suggestions for the New Christian

Give evidence that you identify with Him by publicly confessing yourself with Him (Matthew 10:32-33) and following His example in baptism and church membership (Acts 2:41)

Pray daily to God (John 15:7).  Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Be specific in your prayer.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)

Read God’s Word (the Bible) daily (Acts 17:11), beginning with the Gospel of John.

Like newborn babies, crave spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation (1 Peter 2:2)

Obey God moment by moment (John 14:21)

Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8)

You will be My witnesses (Acts 1:8)

Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7)

Allow the Holy Spirit to control and empower your daily life and witness (Galatians 5:16-17;

Acts 1:8)

Assemble and fellowship with other Christians in a good church (Hebrews 10:25)

Find a church that honors God and preaches His Word.  Start this week and go regularly.

Identify with your new family by confessing Jesus publicly.  Those who accepted His message were baptized…(Acts 2:41)

May God bless and keep you in His grace and mercy for all times.

I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it."  After he took the children in his arms, he placed his hands on them and blessed them (Mark 10:15,16 NET)

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Then he said to them, “Therefore every expert in the law who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his treasure what is new and old.” (Matthew 13:52 NET)

(1) Select the link to open another article with additional information in a new tab.

(2) Prayer by Peter Horrobin of Ellel Ministries (used with permission).

(3) Selah (סֶלָה, selah). Likely a musical or liturgical term. The term may refer to silence, pause, or an interlude. However, the exact meaning of the Hebrew term is unknown. This term primarily occurs in the Psalms (e.g., Psa 3, 4, 32, 46, 89, 140) but also in Habakkuk (Hab 3:3, 9, 13). The Septuagint interprets the term as διάψαλμα (diapsalma), likely meaning “pause” or “interlude.” In addition, “Selah” occurs in the sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls (4Q381 [Non-Canonical Psalms B]; 11Q11 [11QapocrPs]; and likely 11Q13 [Melchizedek Scroll]), but these particular occurrences do not help much in defining the term, as they all seem to indicate some sort of literary, liturgical, or musical function. Major Contributors and Editors. (2016). Selah. In J. D. Barry, D. Bomar, D. R. Brown, R. Klippenstein, D. Mangum, C. Sinclair Wolcott, … W. Widder (Eds.), The Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

(4) I believe those not able to choose for themselves (e.g., aborted babies, mentally challenged, etc.) (Deuteronomy 1:39. Matthew 18:1-4. Psalms 116:6. Job 3:16-19) never enter into the covenant of death and go to Paradise in Heaven (1) when they die.

(5) Christ—anointed, the Greek translation of the Hebrew word rendered “Messiah” (q.v.), the official title of our Lord, occurring five hundred and fourteen times in the New Testament. It denotes that he was anointed or consecrated to his great redemptive work as Prophet, Priest, and King of his people. He is Jesus the Christ (Acts 17:3; 18:5; Matt. 22:42), the Anointed One. He is thus spoken of by Isaiah (61:1), and by Daniel (9:24–26), who styles him “Messiah the Prince.”

Easton, M. G. (1893). In Easton’s Bible dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.

Hal has taught the Bible for over three decades. Through an interdenominational ministry dedicated to helping the local church build men for Jesus, Hal trained men, the leaders of men’s ministries, and provided pulpit supply. Before that, he was a Men’s Ministry Leader and an Adult Bible Fellowship teacher of a seventy-five-member class at a denominational megachurch. Presently, Hal desires to honor Jesus Christ through this Internet teaching ministry, thereby glorifying the Heavenly Father in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. He believes, second to cultivating his relationship with God that raising his family unto the Lord is the most significant task for him while on Earth. Furthermore, Hal believes that being a successful leader in the church or workplace is no substitute for failing to be a successful leader at home.  DOULOS HAL'S TOPICAL INDEX

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