|Vol. 1, No. 2||Page 13||February 1999|
"Jesus Is Your Personal Savior"
1. Jesus is a divine person or being who came to earth "and was made in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:7). He loves every human being; he is personally interested in every person. He died for every sinner (Hebrews 2:9).
2. Everyone who is saved by Jesus is saved by him personally. But, for one to be saved by Jesus, that one must put his trust in Jesus believing he is the Son of God (John 8:21-24). However, Jesus will not save one who will not repent of his sins. To repent of his sins, one must turn from them. God commands all everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). When one repents he must confess Christ as the Son of God and be baptized into Christ where he can be saved personally by Christ (Romans 10:9; Acts 8:36-37; Romans 6:3).
3. If one means by "Christ is my personal Savior" that Christ saves him personally without his being in the church for which Christ gave himself (Ephesians 5:25), he is wrong, because Christ is the Savior of his body which is his church (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23). The church in the New Testament means the saved. That is why those baptized were added to the church (Acts 2:41, 47).
Yes, Christ personally saves, but he saves personally those who are in him. In the New Testament, being in Christ is the same as being in his body which is his church. This is the undenominational concept of the church which is taught in the Bible. The reason Jesus said "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:15-16) is because in being baptized one is baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:26-27). What a beautiful and joyful truth!
We plead with those out of Christ to be baptized into him before it is too late. God loves you, and we love you, and we very earnestly want you to know your wonderful Savior Jesus Christ! If you need help on this very vital matter, please contact the church of Christ. If you cannot do that, contact me, and I will assist you personally, or I will do my best to get someone to help you.
Sinner friend, for the sake of your eternal precious soul, do not neglect being baptized into Christ. This is your most urgent business! We very much want you to enjoy the salvation which is in Christ (2 Timothy 2:10).
If you will be baptized into Christ, God will forgive all your sins (Acts 2:38), and he will not remember those sins against you again, not even at the final judgment (Hebrews 8:12). If one sins after he is baptized into Christ, his Father in heaven will forgive him if he confesses his sin and asks his Father's forgiveness (1 John 1:7-10). God's forgiveness is man's greatest blessing!