How To Be Saved

The Old Testament is full of warnings to the Lord’s people about their impending captivity or destruction because of their sin.  Invariably, the people eventually repent, and are restored to the Lord.  But was there a way for them to avoid the cycle altogether?

“Gather together, gather together, O shameful nation, before the appointed time arrives and that day sweeps on like chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day of the LORD’s wrath comes upon you.  Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger.”  — Zephaniah 2:1-3

The rememdy comes down to three things – seek the Lord, seek righteousness, and seek humility.  So much can be said about these three goals, but let me talk a little about the second one – seek righteousness.  We now live under a New Testament covenant, which includes the grace of God.  In fact, without this grace, we are lost completely, because we cannot save ourselves.  Any bit of unrighteousness is enough to condemn us.  That is where the blood of Jesus comes in to play, covering our sins and making us clean.

But does that mean that we should not continue to pursue righteousness in everything?  I believe we should.  The pursuit of holiness honors God.  We don’t “take advantage” of God’s grace just because it is there (as the apostle Paul reminds us in Romans).  Rather, I think we should spend our entire lives studying righteous living, and making every attempt to adhere to such a lifestyle.  God’s words in Zephaniah are just as applicable to us today as they were back then.


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