Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Sin is real, and we have all committed it (Rom. 3:23). The wages of sin is eternal death (Rom. 6:23). The problem is, we (sinners) cannot save ourselves from our sins. We need God’s mercy and grace. In His great love, God sent His Son to be the Savior of the whole world. There is no other power to save sinners except Jesus Christ. Though God desires all to be saved, sinners must put their faith in Jesus in order to be saved. Saving faith is submissive and obedient to the word of Jesus. Do you want to be saved from your sins? Jesus, and only Jesus, can save you. He wants to save you. His gospel reveals what He commands you of you to be saved (Mk. 16:15-16). The decision is yours. Believe and obey Jesus to be saved “by grace, through faith” (Eph. 2:8-9).
3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness. (Psalm 101:3–4)
We learn in Acts 1:16 that “the Holy Spirit spoke by the mouth of David” in the psalms he wrote and sang. David was inspired by God. How then, by the Spirit of God, could David speak of “those who fall away” if it is impossible to fall away? His statement is prima facie evidence that people can indeed fall away from God. To avoid this tragedy, David would be careful not to fix his eyes (his desires) upon anything that was wicked. He would abhor the sins by which others fell away. When David found sin in himself he would not let it cling to him. He would choose to completely reject sin. He would cleanse his heart, lest by becoming acquainted with sin he would love it instead of God. There were certainly times in his life when David fell into sin and away from God. But in his repentance the joy of salvation was restored. May it be so for all who have fallen. And may we keep from falling by abhorring evil and clinging to what is good.
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. (1 Corinthians 10:13-14)
Sin is not forced upon us. None of us are compelled to sin. By yielding to temptation, we choose to sin against God. Being tempted to sin is not sin; all of us are tempted to sin. Thankfully, sin’s enticement can be resisted. God is faithful to provide a way of escape when we are tempted to sin. God’s way of escape from sin’s temptation will demand that you make a deliberate decision not to sin. Do not put yourself into situations that make it easy to sin. (You cannot play with fire and not get burned!) Resist temptation by running away from sin instead of running to it. God’s way is right, so put your faith in Him. His path of holiness and truth will always lead you away from sin.
As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10-12)
All of us have sinned against God, and because of our sin we are “guilty before God” (Rom. 3:19). God’s great redemptive plan justifies sinners by His grace through faith in Christ Jesus (Rom. 3:21-26). When a Christian sins the Adversary will use the guilt of sin to try to paralyze you and keep you from being zealous for Christ. The devil lies to you that once you have practiced sin you are forever compromised and never able to be a productive Christian. This lie advances faithlessness instead of trust in God’s mercy. This lie comes from the wisdom of men instead of the truth of God’s word. If you are struggling with the guilt of sin, come to the Lord for release from sin’s bondage. Repentance will refresh your spirit, remove sin’s guilt and bring the joy of salvation.
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:26–27)
While some sins are committed in ignorance (a lack of knowledge), some sins are committed with full knowledge of their sinfulness (Acts 3:17; 1 Tim. 1:13). Notice in our passage that the human will at work both to receive the knowledge of the truth and to sin in spite of that knowledge. This is a clear warning not to sin deliberately. No sinner who willfully engages in sin will be forgiven while in open rebellion against the Lord. Willful sin shows one is not fearful of God’s fiery indignation against His adversaries. And make no mistake; when a Christian sins willfully he makes himself God’s enemy. If you know the truth, then abide in the truth (Jno. 8:31-32). If you do not know the truth, learn it and live it. Choosing not to know the truth of God will not save you in the day of judgment.
36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:36-38)
Having been “cut to the heart” by the gospel – convinced they had crucified the “Lord and Christ” – these believers cried out, “what shall we do?” Better evidence could not exist that “faith only” does not save the lost. These convicted believers were not told they were saved at the point of faith. They were not told to pray the sinner’s prayer for salvation. They were not told to repent because they were already saved. There were not told to be baptized because their sins were already removed. They were told to repent and be baptized “for the remission of sins” and to “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”. What about you? If you believe Jesus is the Christ and you want to be saved from your sins, then do what they were told to do and be saved like they were: Repent and be baptized. Why would anyone settle for anything less?