Salvation and Liberation

I’ve been contemplating two words lately, “SALVATION” and “LIBERATION”. I feel as if most believers in Jesus have
barely scratched the surface in their awareness of these two words. They are ancient and powerful concepts.  More than concepts, they are some of the
deepest longings of the human heart.  

I feel as if so much of what I have been experiencing these
last few years is a genuine salvation or liberation in my soul!  The revelation of Jesus Christ actually does
bring a full and wholistic realization of freedom.  A whole new world has been discovered.  I feel so free to love, to live, to be
myself!!!  

Have you contemplated what salvation and/or liberation truly
means?  Have you considered the many
paths that religion has tried to offer to achieve these realities?  Do you know how complete, unique, and far
reaching is the scope of salvation that is offered in Christ?  

The Bible says, “there is salvation in no one else, for
there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be
saved.“ (Acts 4:12) This is a powerful
statement.  It sounds intolerant, or
disempowering to many in today’s world.
But, is it so?  What is salvation really? 

Most Christians do not seem to have a salvation experience truly
manifesting in their lives.  So, Jesus
has come off as just another random teacher, or maybe one among many concepts
or ideas.  My experience has been FAR
DIFFERENT!  Like I mentioned before, I
literally feel a passion and ability to love and live healthy flowing through
my being like a river…WOW!  It is real
and incredibly exhilarating!  And, I know
that it was not self-initiated, nor due to some secret knowledge! 

I am coming to appreciate Jesus Christ more and more in the fullness of
who He is, what He did, and what He gives.
I sincerely believe that there is power and transformation here
available.  Yet, one must come to see
Jesus as more than just a word, a vague idea, or another voice among many.  The richness that is in Christ is vast and we
are literally just scratching the surface. 

I will continue to share over the years of the riches of this God-man,
and His salvation.  My point in this
short blog is just to ask us, “Have you considered what it is that Jesus Christ
really offers?”  “Are you certain that
you have contemplated the scope of His life and teaching?”  “What is liberation, really?” “Is salvation
about escaping hell, and going to heaven someday, or is it something far
greater?”  “Could we actually live free,
happy, and healthy in this life?” 

I see in Christ an everlasting and extravagant solution to the “human
predicament”!  I have seen it nowhere
else.  These are bold claims.  They are almost ludicrous claims considering
the current state of “Christianity”.
Yet, what if Christ has something that Christianity has almost
altogether missed?  

Salvation… Liberation… Joy… Love… Real Life!

If anything, my heart here is that maybe whoever reads this would take just a few extra minutes the next few days and weeks and quietly ponder salvation and liberation in the light of Jesus Christ…

Find a quiet place. Contemplate.  Maybe read Romans chapter six, or Colossians chapter three.  Look at what He’s done, for real, for us all!  

– Matt

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