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The Three Absolute Truths About Salvation

Many people have heard John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. It is one of the most quoted verses when talking with someone about salvation.

God loves us. Every single one of us.

He sent his son for our salvation and when we believe in Jesus, we will be saved. It is the gift, a free gift.

The word love used in context here is “agape.” This is the highest form of love used in the New Testament. Agape means caring for one another and seeking the best interest for a person and his or her welfare.

As we read further in John, we discover in verses 17 through 19 about the judgment of God.

John 3:17-19 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

We have life through Jesus Christ. So many people are afraid of the word judgment. Jesus wasn’t sent to judge the world, He was sent to save the world.

The person who does not believe in Jesus is the person will be judged. Judgment comes because they do not believe.

John 3:20-21 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

There’s a fear of judgment because people like to do bad things and they want to keep them hidden. There is a fear that when they come to Jesus everyone will see what they are doing.

But salvation through Jesus Christ changes us. We no longer have to fear because Jesus changes us from the inside out.

The Three Absolute Truths About Salvation

So what does all of this mean when we talk about the absolute truths of salvation.

We recognize our need for salvation.

Only when we recognize that we have a desperate need, can we then look to Jesus. When we see that we are spiritually thirsty, we find living water can only be obtained through Jesus.

We confess and repent.

Salvation comes when we confess and repent of our sin. Repentance is turning away from what we did before.

We recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

Only when we confess that Jesus is Lord we find the absolute truth that salvation is found in no one else.

If you have never accepted Christ as your Savior, you can do that today, right here, right now, right where you are.

Billy Graham offered the following Sinner’s Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name.


If you prayed that prayer today for the first time, you are a child of God. You want well–loved and highly favored. And if you prayed this today, tell someone.


The Three Absolute Truths About Salvation

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