With all the intelligence and reason that a man could ever know, still, he would never be able to unlock the mystery of God, nor the fullness of His salvation.
The root of salvation
This is why God has made it simpler by sacrificing Himself to the cross. If anyone would only believe that He did this, he or she would have been moved and would commit to change his or her life for God. God in return will reveal to him or to her the simple way to a meaningful, stress-free and loving life for this kind of life is a sign of a saved life.
Salvation then is not just something of the after-life, but it also manifests while living. This is evident in Matthew 8:22 when Jesus said, “…let the dead bury their own dead.” One’s life is so important that it should not waste time to linger on something that was of the past. What was gone can’t save itself because it’s already gone. Worrying cannot save its own worries. But someone who still has future can do everything for that future. This future should not be something like the past. If you were living weary, depressed and desperate before, that should change. You should not remain living like a dead man. Salvation is a passage for you to live life that is hopeful and blessed.
What can save a man
In Matthew 19:26, when asked, “who can be saved?”, Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” This is the main reason why man cannot rely on his own knowledge and might as he heads on in his life. Later, he will get tired and bored. His once strong enthusiasm will soon fade and die. This will likely happen when one labor only for his own good. But when God leads the man to any task or service, he will always endure for God will provide for him. Nothing can save a man from a life of stress and weariness, not even himself. God died for us so that we would recognize the only way to live life full of joy and meaning.
The mark of the unsaved
For those who did not believe in this, there is a remarkable indication that occurred to them: their life always lacks satisfaction. They lack gratitude. And because they could not see how God had been generous in their life, they could not give thanks properly to the one who should be credited and so they went on pursuing things that would later destroy their life, or lose meaning in their life. No matter how intelligent and rational a person can be, without faith, he could never understand how there is only one way to a saved life: Jesus Christ. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” One has to live with Jesus so that he can go to the Father who is in Heaven. Romans 10:9 straightforwardly tells of the way to salvation, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Salvation is not just by hard work nor just by righteousness
With just man’s own hard work, he cannot be saved, he cannot make his life wonderful. Even when hard work pays off and perhaps can make man progressive, hard work in itself is not the meaning of life. The fruit of hard labor will last for only a certain period of time. And, with just man’s righteousness, he still cannot be saved, he still cannot attain a just, fair and grateful life. There is no perfect eye in this world who can only see the right things. Yes, no one is perfect and no one can remember the good deed forever. Such bravery, love and kindness will soon be forgotten and twisted in time. Men will think more of their own sufferings, trials and difficulties. How can they benefit for the kindness given to someone else? How can they benefit from kindness given to them that happened only once? Men are ungrateful and the righteous heart will soon get weary and tired. What hope remains in life?
Unlocking the mystery of God’s salvation
Hebrews 7:25 gives an answer to this. “Therefore, He [God] is able to save completely those who come to God through Him [Jesus], because He [Jesus] always lives to intercede for them.” Right, our only salvation is to come to God and put our hope in His loving kindness. Our God even sacrificed Himself to let us come to Him. What reason is greater than that? What supporting detail is needed to justify that our lives are nothing that our loves are useless, that our lives are fatally dead that God Himself had to die to show that we terribly needed to be saved?
“Come!” God said this with a sense of urgency. He knows that you needed to run away from the poison of life on earth. God knows that you needed life that is from Heaven, life that is meaningful, satisfied and loved. Revelation 22:17 showed God calling for us, “Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes [to live] take the free gift of life.”
In conclusion, Paul talked about salvation to Titus, Titus 2:11-14, “11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”