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February 21, 2013 - Pictures of Salvation

By Ron Johnson

The New Testament presents a number of illustrations portraying the nature of salvation. Through these word pictures, we can clearly see the beautiful simplicity of God's plan of salvation.

Accepting an Invitation
Jesus compares salvation to a person accepting an invitation. "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:28,29, ESV).

We are tired and burdened with the load of guilt from sin. Jesus can give us the rest we need. All we must to do is to accept His invitation to come to Him. When we do, we enter into a relationship with Him. This is pictured by the phrase referring to His "yoke."

When we enter into the yoke of Christ, we are bound together with Him. When we accept Christ's invitation to come to Him, we enter into a personal relationship with the Lord. We are yoked together with Him, and He is the One who carries the load.

Coming Home
Salvation is also pictured as a person coming home. "I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you'" (Luke 15:18).

Here is a young man who had decided to leave home and go into a far country. He packs his inheritance and follows his desire to "see the world." However, in the end he loses everything.

Finally he comes to his senses and decides to go home. He returns to his Father and is received with open arms. Each of us has strayed from home like this prodigal son. To go home we must repent, turn around, and return to our Father. Our Heavenly Father is anxiously waiting, looking for our arrival home.

A Drink of Water
Salvation is presented as a person taking a drink of water. "Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life" (John 4:14).

It's a simple task to take a drink; we do it several times a day. If we didn't we would die in a short time. Once again, we see the simple beauty of salvation. To receive God's gift all we need to do is drink. Are you spiritually thirsty? Do you need salvation? Christ is our source of Living Water.

Walking Through a Door
Salvation is pictured as a person walking through a door. Jesus states: "I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture" (John 10:9). It's pretty easy to pass through an open door. You just step forward and walk.

On one side of this door is eternal death. This is where we are naturally born. On the other side is eternal life. To go through the door is to be born again or saved. Jesus stands before us as our open door to salvation, all we need to do is walk through Him into eternal life.

Taking a Bath
Salvation is compared to taking a bath. "When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:4,5).

It is Jesus who bathes and cleanses us from sin. We cannot cleanse ourselves. Some people desire to be saved, but they have the mistaken idea they must clean up their lives through self-motivation and effort before they can come to Christ. No, we simply come to Christ as we are; He does the cleansing.

Opening Our Heart's Door
Finally, the New Testament presents the illustration of Jesus standing, knocking at our heart's door. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20).

Our Heavenly Father wants to make the matter of our personal salvation crystal clear. He uses illustrations in order to paint for us pictures of salvation. If you have not already done so, won't you accept His invitation and receive Christ as your Savior today?

— Ron Johnson is a freelance writer. He is retired from the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center.

 

 

 

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