Our soul is saved
The Scriptures are very explicit concerning, how to save your soul. In other words, how to receive the salvation for your soul? Your salvation is precious because by it you have eternal life. Therefore, only accept instructions for receiving salvation from the Word of God. If a preacher’s instructions disagree with the Scriptures reject his instructions concerning the salvation of your soul.
Jesus is the salvation of the soul of man. To have a comprehensive understanding of how to be saved one must combine all Jesus teachings on the subject. Examine Jesus’ teachings before his crucifixion and those after his crucifixion but specifically those after his ascension. Jesus taught his disciples after his ascension by his Holy Ghost.
God’s plan of salvation for the restoration of the soul of man is not new. This plan started after Adam sinned and his “living soul” died. Since then the Lord God, at intervals, throughout the Scriptures, has been providing information concerning His plan to restore the soul of man.
The Bible identifies and informs Believers of four main areas concerning how to save the soul of man. These areas are faith, water, blood and Spirit. Traversing the Scriptures, you will observe that the Lord God had been utilizing water for the saving of souls. Additionally, He had been using water for sanctification of souls.
Jesus explained to Nicodemus that water baptism is compulsory to receive salvation, John 3:5. Jesus’ Apostles taught the same thing. Apostle Peter taught there is no removal of sin, and therefore, salvation unless one is baptized in Jesus name in water, Acts 2:38.
All the other apostles gave the same instructions, Apostle Philip taught the same thing, for he “preached Christ,” Acts 8:5. Then the Samaritans were baptized in water, “in the name of the Lord Jesus,” Acts 8:16. Apostle Peter again gave similar instructions for Cornelius and his household “to be baptized in the name of Lord,” Acts 10:48. Other examples abound.
Our Soul is Saved by the Blood of Jesus
Then there is the importance of the application of blood for the removal of sins. The Scriptures require that all who sinned should die. Every person that was ever born of earthly descendants sinned. We all sinned. Jesus the Son of God died in our place. The Lord God loves us so much He became man (Jesus Christ) paid the price of sin by dying on the cross for humanity.
Then there is faith, by believing in Jesus you accept him as the Lamb of God who was killed for the sins of the world. By your faith in Jesus, you acknowledge him as Son of God; you should confess you sins to God; and turn to Him and obey his instructions for eternal life. The Apostles of Jesus provide the instructions for salvation.
Faith in Jesus is not passive but active. By only believing in Jesus and not obeying his instructions for water baptism and for Spirit baptism is futile and sinful. Where there is no faith, sin is present.
The last component of salvation is Spirit, the receiving of the Holy Ghost. Jesus told Nicodemus, receiving the Holy Ghost is not optional. Jesus told him, “except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God,” John 3:5. He told him, you “must be born again.”
Recall the reason for the salvation of the soul of man. The salvation of the soul of man is the saving of his soul from death, which is eternal separation form God. The “living soul” of man died when he disobeyed God in the Garden of God. It has been dead ever since. The outpouring of the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost was the final piece of the eternal plan of God to restore the dead soul of man.
Our Soul is Saved by the Holy Ghost
The baptism of the Holy Ghost achieves what the “breath of life” accomplished in Genesis when the Lord God “breathed” into the “nostrils” of man, “man became a living soul.” However, the focus is different this time. Creation focused on the soul but “born again” focuses on the spirit. Genesis makes no mention of Adam’s spirit.
- “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit,” 1 Corinthians 15:45.
Jesus is the “last Adam.” When a person receives the Spirit of Christ (the baptism of the Holy Ghost), it quickens or make his dead soul comes to life, which he inherited from “the first man Adam.” Water, faith, nor blood can quicken a spirit for the soul is spiritual, it takes a spirit to interact with another spirit.
When the Comforter comes, He restores our soul by giving it life. Then because our soul is once again alive, we can function as a living soul as Adam did. When the soul is restored, there is no separation between the soul of man and the spirit of man. Therefore, man can function how God created him to operate as a “living soul”.
When our soul is alive, whatever our soul knows our spirit knows because our spirit and soul are inextricable intermixed with the Spirit of Christ. In this state, our spirit can easily receive and send to God as Adam did in the Garden of God without words. Now we are one again with God because our soul has been restored to its original state. King David yearned for this because he wrote about it, Psalm 23:3.
Having received the Holy Ghost you are no more mundane and earthly but spiritual. Now you are born again because you were born of water and of Spirit, you are “spirit,” John 3:6. This is an experience you will never forget all your life. If you don’t know the date and time of your new birth you were never born.
Finally, there is no saving, no salvation or remission of sins without water. Water is a crucial component for salvation. “And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one,” 1 John 5:8.
These three crucial components of the salvation of the soul of man agree in Jesus Christ. Whether or not anyone disputes the operation of Spirit, water and blood they are proof in themselves that they operated together with faith in Jesus to save the soul of man.
In closing, to be saved believe on Jesus Christ; repent of your sins and confess them to God; be baptized in water in THE NAME of Jesus Christ and finally, receive the Holy Ghost speaking with tongues as the Spirit allows. This process and this process alone restores your dead soul to its original state of “living soul”. Accept Jesus today.
While it is an imperative to have your soul restored even more so it is to “diligently keep” your restored soul. Please join me tomorrow, if the Lord tarries, as I continue to explore God’s salvation for the soul of man through the ages.