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"Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins."
Do people know what they are saved from when they say they are saved? I recently watched a question and answer session and I was stunned by some of the answers Christians gave concerning their salvation. Is it true that most Christians love the idea of Christianity but do not know what it's all about? Well, James helps to clarify in simple terms concerning salvation that he who is converted is saved from death.
Death is man's biggest and ONLY problem. This problem of death started the day the first Adam ate the forbidden tree. That accursed day saw man stripped of his glory and honor as he was being shamefully driven out of the garden of Eden; a place which had everything from God's presence to the tree of life; from man's purpose to all of man's material provision. It was all gone in one bite. Man was now independent of God and had become god himself therefore must fend for himself; from making his own tree of life to growing his own food. When we reject God's authority we reject God's provision as well because where God rules He provides.
Death is the cause of sickness, poverty, stress, depression and anxiety. These are all manifestations of death which resulted from our independence from God. But there is good news: God came in Christ to reconcile man to Himslef and those who accept Jesus as Lord who conquered death and rose again from the dead for them, will be saved from death. By His grace they will reign in life. Once Jesus Christ is Lord over them, death loses it's grip on them. If they were sick, bound, oppressed, poor and dying, all they need to do is to walk away. Walk away today from that pain, that insistent poverty, that persistent disease. Walk away because you are free. Your house is under new management, Jesus is Lord of your life now. Through Adam's transgression, death reigned, but now much more through Jesus Christ, they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life.
I was saved from death by Jesus Christ and I am now free from the dominion of death over me.
*All scripture quotations are taken from the New King James version of the Bible unless otherwise indicated.
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