Many terms can be used to describe people who trust Christ for their salvation. Christian. Disciple. Saint. Child of God. Brother or sister in Christ. Redeemed. Born again. Saved. But the term that arguably best captures the essence of what it means to be saved is the word that points to that first act of faith: Believer.
Acts 16:31 states it so simply: "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved." The straightforward nature of God's gift of salvation makes it easy enough even for a small child to understand, accept, and obey. Yet, for many adults, the simplicity is unnerving . . . or simply seems too good to be true. On the other hand, neither salvation nor belief is remotely simplistic. Biblical scholars and theologians can devote their entire careers to trying to understand the finer points about either topic.
So we will not saddle ourselves with the task of mastering every biblical teaching about salvation or settling the endless debates that have arisen over the centuries. This month in Today in the Word, we'll look at a wide cross-section of what God tells us in His Word about salvation and ask the simple question: Do you believe? Together we'll commit to answering that question not only with our words but also with lives that bear the mark of salvation by faith.
Thank you again this month for being a partner with Today in the Word with your support, your study, and your shared commitment to live out your salvation according to the living Word of God.