How Jesus Saves

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By Ray Foster

 

"Jesus saves! Jesus saves!" are the words of a familiar old-time hymn. The question we want to focus on is "How does Jesus save?" The point of knowing how Jesus saves is so I can appreciate "so great salvation" (Heb. 2:3) and love Him and trust Him completely and also co-operate with Him intelligently in "so great salvation" to His pleasure and glory.

Salvation has two parts. There is part that Jesus does and there is the part that we do. This is illustrated in the garden. In order to have a garden grow there are things that we must do and there are things that only God can do. If we try to do God’s part, we will fail. Only God can do His part in making the plants grow. In salvation, only God can forgive sin and write His law on our hearts. If we expect God to do our part in the garden - to plant and weed the garden, only the weeds will grow. If we wait for God to do what He has appointed that we should do in salvation, only the weeds of selfishness will grow in the garden of our hearts. So it is important to know how Jesus saves.

God’s part in salvation is that He took the initiative and comes seeking us with offers of forgiveness of sin, and cleansing from sin in the gift of enabling grace to keep us from sinning. It is through the gift of the Holy Spirit to live in us and guide us into all truth in thought and action that we have both the desire and ability to live without sin in this life. Jesus became man and lived a human life in sinful human flesh, yet without sin. By this means, through His life and His death, He earned the right to give us His sinless life to substitute for our sinful life in the here and now and also in the future judgment. God can accept us as having never sinned, and give us His Holy Spirit to dwell in us as God’s Representative to guide and empower us to live the life of Jesus, because of the sinless human life of Jesus. Not only did Jesus live a sinless human life, but He also died without condemnation on the cross of Calvary. This also gives Jesus the right to give us His sinless life as a substitute for our life of sin. The right for Jesus to give us His sinless life in substitution for our life of sin (our life of sin in the past – we cannot continue to sin and have the gift of the sinless life of Jesus) is both His sinless life and uncondemned death.

More than that, Jesus rose from the dead and returned to heaven to minister as our Representative in the heavenly sanctuary. The work of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary at this time, since October 22, 1844, when He entered into the closing phase of the sanctuary service, typified by the work of the Day of Atonement, is to mature our experience of living without sin at this time on earth. Through a living connection with Christ, we can live without sin and show the value of the plan of salvation and reveal to the universe that all the redeemed are safe to save and bring to heaven for eternity. All Jesus is waiting for in order to return and receive us unto Himself in physical reality, is the demonstration that the redeemed choose to live without sinning. When a statistically significant number of the redeemed mature spiritually to the place where they will, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, live without falling or sinning during the time of trouble, Jesus will come to save them out of the time of trouble. The time of trouble is the final test of maturity that proves that God is able to save to the uttermost. The reason that there needs to be a statistically significant number of mature redeemed from earth in the last generation is that Satan’s mouth must be stopped. Satan claims that it is impossible for humans to live without sinning! God has always had those who have matured and lived by His grace without sin on earth after their maturity. This is what the book of Job is all about. However, Satan argues that there are always some "kooks" or in statistical jargon, "outliers". However they have always, in the past, been too few at the same time, to prove anything. God needs a statistically significant number of people who have been matured to live without sin, all living at the same time, - a generation - to prove that the plan of salvation works and that His redeemed are, in fact, safe to save without bringing sin into the earth made new. This they do because they have demonstrated their choice to invite the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit and to have the victory over sin.

What is our part in how Jesus saves?

There are four steps a sinner must take. We find these steps in this inspired quotation:

"The human family are in trouble because of their transgression of the Father's law. But God does not leave the sinner until He shows the remedy for sin. The only-begotten Son of God has died that we might live. The Lord has accepted this sacrifice in our behalf, as our substitute and surety, on the condition that we receive Christ and believe on Him. The sinner must come in faith to Christ, take hold of His merits, lay his sins upon the Sin Bearer, and receive His pardon. It was for this cause that Christ came into the world. Thus the righteousness of Christ is imputed to the repenting, believing sinner. He becomes a member of the royal family, a child of the heavenly King, an heir of God, and joint heir with Christ." {1SM 215.1}

Jesus saves on condition of reception and belief in Him! The sinner must take four steps:

  1. Come in faith to Christ.
  2. Take hold of His merits.
  3. Lay his sins upon the Sin Bearer.
  4. Receive His pardon.

These four steps are required from the sinner in order to receive the imputed righteousness of Christ. These four steps are required in order to become a member of the royal family, a child of the heavenly King, and heir of God, and joint heir with Christ. This is how Jesus saves! Praise the Lord! Shall we not come to Jesus by faith, take hold of His merits, lay our sins upon Jesus, and receive His pardon for His honor and glory!

We are told in Romans 2:4 "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?"

Jesus saves by His goodness. It is the goodness of God that leads us to repent of our sins. Sin is the problem that destroys our divine relationship and keeps us away from God. It is written: "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear." Isaiah 59:2 Jesus saves by separating us from our sins and connecting us again to God. The variable in the plan of salvation is our freedom of choice. It is also written: "Say unto them, [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" Ezekiel 33:11. The only thing in the universe that can defeat the plan of salvation is the individual perverse human will. We are given the freedom to despise or ignore and refuse the riches of the goodness and forbearance and longsuffering of God. God forbid that we should refuse the goodness of God!

Jesus invites all: "Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

"For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28 - 30

How Jesus saves is illustrated in many ways in Scripture.

There was a man that was "full of leprosy" who saw Jesus in a city and fell on his face before Jesus and besought Him saying: "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." Jesus reached out His hand and touched him and replied: "I will, be thou clean". Matthew 8:2,3

Where can you see Jesus in your city? Where can I see Jesus in my city or town or village or household? I want to fall on my face before Him and say "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." I want to feel His touch and hear Him say to me "I will, be thou clean"! Today Jesus is in our city! Jesus is in our town or village or household – not in the flesh, in person, because that would limit Him to just one place on earth. Jesus is where we are by four representatives: 1) by the Holy Spirit. It is by the Holy Spirit that Jesus fulfills the promise, "and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen." Matthew 28:20.

2) Jesus is revealed by His created works in nature,

3) in the words of the Bible, and

4) through those in flesh and blood who believe in Him and have received Him.

Thus today Jesus is calling and reaching out to us in four ways – even the same four ways that He always has. The difference today is that we have so much more in the Bible and so much more knowledge of God available to us today compared to when the man "full of leprosy" lived. The difference today is that our leprosy of sin is not realized and appreciated as clearly by ourselves as it was for the man who had the physical disease of leprosy and could see his body rotting and dying. The invitation to come to Jesus is still ours. The reality is that when we respond to His invitation to come to Him, He comes to us. Jesus comes to us through the Holy Spirit impressing our hearts directly, impressing our hearts with the meaning and beauty of the words of the Bible, with the messages of nature and with the words of believers who have received Jesus. It is in our minds by faith that we see Jesus and feel His touch. It is in our minds that we cry, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." This is how Jesus saves.

Now Jesus has an enemy! It is important to also believe and understand that there are two spirits in our world today. Along with increase in knowledge of God, there is also an increase in deception and wickedness since the days of the man "full of leprosy". There is the Holy Spirit and there are spirits of devils working miracles in our world today. Both good and bad angels come to minister to us who are heirs of salvation. Which spirit we receive and believe in determines our salvation or deception and destruction. This battle of the spirits is illustrated in the story of the man who had a son that had been tormented by evil spirits since birth that came to Jesus for help. Jesus was away, so he asked the disciples to help him and they could not because they were involved in the spirit of rivalry as to who was the greatest among them. When Jesus returned the man said to Jesus, "If thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us." Jesus turned the "If" around and replied: "If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth." The man realized that his belief or doubt had a bearing on his son’s chances for healing and cried out in anguish: "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." (Luke 9:17-24) Jesus accepted that prayer and cast the evil spirit out of the man’s son. Jesus will never turn away from the cry: "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!" What is required to avail ourselves of so great salvation is to be honest and sincere and believing and accepting. That is the way to make contact with Jesus. Jesus saves all such who come in honesty and sincerity and cry, "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." This is how Jesus saves!

How can I know what spirit is answering my cry for help? The Holy Spirit never speaks of Himself. The Holy Spirit always speaks of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is always in harmony with the Bible, with nature, and with the law of God. The Holy Spirit always leads to obedience to Jesus and to the law of God. The Holy spirit always leads to repentance and confession of sin and a turning away from it in heart. It is written in the Bible that the next words Jesus said after the invitation to come to Him were:

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

"For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:29,30

Beware of any spirit that does not lead to obedience and humility and yielding of the heart to the authority of God and His representatives.

The need to test the spirits is so important that the beloved apostle John wrote:

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

"Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

"They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

"We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." 1 John 4:1-6

Jesus saves us from deception by telling us the truth about Himself and by telling us that He has an enemy who tells lies about Him. The specific lies told about Jesus are revealed in this Scripture.

But what is the point of knowing what not to believe? Is it not enough to believe that Jesus saves! Consider this true story. There was a young person who heard of Jesus and came to Jerusalem to find Jesus. There he met the pastors and Bible teachers who told him that Jesus was a liar and an imposter and not the Son of God as He claimed to be! So this young person lost all hope of salvation – finding no salvation from sin in the rituals that pointed forward to Jesus. This young man got into trouble with the law and ended up on a cross next to Jesus on Calvary. In the company of Jesus he had the experience of seeing his religious leaders making fun of Jesus, telling Him that if He were the Christ, to come down from the cross and save Himself and they would believe Him! This young man began to put all that he saw together that he had heard and know of Jesus. Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead – but He was being crucified as a criminal. He had heard Pilate say "I find no fault in this man!" He had heard Jesus say, "My kingdom is not of this world". From all the evidence he had it appeared that the Roman governor was telling the truth and his pastors and ministers were not! And the terrible question came to his mind: "What shall I do?" This young person was now free from the fear of his religious teachers. It made no difference as he was hanging on the cross next to Jesus what his religious leaders thought of him! He was now free from their influence. So in his freedom from man, in the presence of Jesus, he cried out to Jesus "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom." These words were music to the ears of Jesus! "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (1 Timothy 1:15) Jesus could be condemned to death for being the King of the Jews; condemned by those He came to save. He could be spat upon in His face. He could be nailed to the cross of Calvary. But His power to forgive sins could not be diminished – even hung naked on a cross! On that day, when from the human perspective, He looked least like the Son of God; He looked least like a savior – dying the death of a political prisoner with the charge of treason – He answered this dying thief: "Verily I saw unto thee today, you will be with me in paradise." That is how Jesus saves! Jesus saves to the uttermost! This is how the devil deceives! And the devil deceives to the uttermost. If the religious leaders, pastors and teachers can be deceived – beloved let us tremble, lest we be deceived! Let us put implicit trust in no man but the Man Jesus Christ! Let us study the Bible for ourselves. Let us pray to God for ourselves and ask for the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth! If we are led into sin by our religious leaders, it is us – not them, who will suffer for our sins. Jesus has already suffered for our sins. Let us come to Jesus by faith, take hold of His merits, place our sins on Him, and accept His pardon! This is how Jesus saves! The reason for knowing something is not true is to avoid it – even if the whole world believes the lie! We cannot follow the crowd! We cannot go with the flow in salvation! If it is popular, beware! It may be a popular delusion!

Now there are a few questions about the salvation Jesus gives us that we might consider. A gray haired old minister is praying. He prays "Lord, forgive me for my sins." We think within ourselves – "If Jesus saves His people from their sins – and that old minister of the gospel – as long as he has lived – if he is still sinning – what hope is there for me!" When does Jesus save His people from their sins? How old will I be when I have gotten the victory over sin? Is heaven worth missing all the pleasures of sin for my whole life? Is it worth it?

These and many other questions about salvation are based on false assumptions. It is assumed that if you deny yourself that it is a miserable experience! It is assumed that happiness consists in doing it your way! It is assumed that sin is hurt or damage against another person only. It is assumed that a prayer for forgiveness means that the person must be practicing sin! All of these assumptions are wrong from the Bible and God’s viewpoint. Jesus once told a rich young ruler to sell everything he owned, give the money to the poor, and come and follow Him. The rich young ruler turned away sorrowful. The assumption was that if he lost all of his possessions that he would lose his meaning and purpose and pleasure in life. This is all false! There are too many rich people who have it all and are most miserable! The Bible presents Jesus Himself as the "Pearl of Great Price" that is worth everything. It is the "best deal in town" to give up everything if only we can have Jesus! To know and live in the conscious presence of Jesus is the greatest experience in life. Jesus gives purpose and meaning and joy in life. In Psalms 16:11 We find the truth. "Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fullness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore."

The rich young ruler valued his heritage, possessions and position of greater value than being with and becoming like Jesus. He valued earthly treasure and position rather than receiving God’s heritage, possessions and the position that Jesus would assign him. This was a delusion! The rich young ruler was deceived! And too often we are deceived. God tells us the truth in these words: "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18) That means that everything you can see now is going to come to an end. Values you cannot now see with your eyes are going to last forever. This truth is sometimes difficult to believe because what we can see appears so permanent. If you could choose between two options, what would you choose? Option one is to have the promise of fun for 60 years now, (which turned out to be a scam – or even if it turned out to be sort of true). Option two is never ending deep joy and endless pleasure, (which has a learning curve to master). Which would you choose? Most people choose present delusions of pleasure because they have no faith in God or His promises! They do not love God and value Him as their Creator, Redeemer, Example and Enabler. Thus they lose out both on eternal life and present purpose and meaning in life. This is because of their assumptions and view of life.

We get our assumptions and view of life from what we learn and experience in life. We learn to love what we spend time with and put effort into. God tells us: "Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

"For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

"And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." 1 John 2:15 - 17

God laments: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Hosea 4:6

God created the world to demonstrate His character, purposes, and government. This world was created in response to a need that God had and still has. God’s character, God’s purpose and God’s law and government have all been challenged. God answers the challenge by demonstration. This was the original and continuing purpose and destiny of the human race. However when Adam sinned and did what God had told him not to do – then God undertook to save man from his rebellion against the will and purposes of God. And more than giving man a second chance to fulfill His destiny, God undertakes to restore mankind to the moral perfection that he was created with so that mankind could still fulfil their original destiny. When Adam sinned, the plan of salvation – crafted from the foundations of the world – was brought into action. Now there are two contending parties, God and Satan. Everything we do has significance in this great controversy between Christ and Satan. God has staked His honor on the fact that mankind will yet vindicate His honor, His law, and His government. Satan stakes His life and future on the idea that it is impossible for mankind to stop sinning! How Jesus saves is this issue. Does Jesus save by forgiving past sins and that is the extent of how He saves? This is the contention of Satan. Jesus says that He can save to the uttermost! What does it mean to save to the uttermost? Jesus says He "is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy." (Jude 24) That is how Jesus saves! Saving to the uttermost means not only that there is no sin, no distance from God too far to bridge, but it also means that the character-likeness to God is to be completely and fully restored in fallen mankind! This is what it means to save to the uttermost!

When we understand and believe Colossians 2:10 "And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:", Philippians 2:5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:", and 2 Corinthians 10:5 "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;", then the deceptions and power of Satan will be broken in our experience and Jesus will be lifted up in our lives. We will then understand and comprehend that sin is not only transgression of the law of God, but that it is to "crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame." (Hebrews. 6:6) If we understood that Satan taunts God with our every departure from His will, we would fear to depart from the will of God. We would fear to do wrong, not because of fear of loss of eternal life, but because of love and loyalty to God and unwillingness to give any reason for Satan to slander God. With Joseph we would exclaim: "how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" (Genesis 39:9) Jesus saves by becoming "made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:" (1 Corinthians 1:30) That is how Jesus saves!

What is the answer to the question of the Godly, elderly, pastor who prays publicly for forgiveness of sin? Is the pastor living in sin that needs to be repented of? Look at these inspired quotations:

"None of the apostles and prophets ever claimed to be without sin. Men who have lived the nearest to God, men who would sacrifice life itself rather than knowingly commit a wrong act, men whom God has honored with divine light and power, have confessed the sinfulness of their nature. They have put no confidence in the flesh, have claimed no righteousness of their own, but have trusted wholly in the righteousness of Christ. {AA 561.1}

"So will it be with all who behold Christ. The nearer we come to Jesus, and the more clearly we discern the purity of His character, the more clearly shall we see the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and the less shall we feel like exalting ourselves. There will be a continual reaching out of the soul after God, a continual, earnest, heartbreaking confession of sin and humbling of the heart before Him. At every advance step in our Christian experience our repentance will deepen. We shall know that our sufficiency is in Christ alone and shall make the apostle's confession our own: "I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing." "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Romans 7:18; Galatians 6:14." {AA 561.2}

"It is not only at the beginning of the Christian life that this renunciation of self is to be made. At every advance step heavenward it is to be renewed. All our good works are dependent on a power outside of ourselves. Therefore there needs to be a continual reaching out of the heart after God, a continual, earnest, heartbreaking confession of sin and humbling of the soul before Him. Only by constant renunciation of self and dependence on Christ can we walk safely." {COL 159.4}

""And repent." The life we live is to be one of continual repentance and humility. We need to repent constantly, that we may be constantly victorious. When we have true humility, we have victory. The enemy never can take out of the hand of Christ the one who is simply trusting in His promises. If the soul is trusting and working obediently, the mind is susceptible to divine impressions, and the light of God shines in, enlightening the understanding. What privileges we have in Christ Jesus! {7BC 959.9}

"A true sense of repentance before God does not hold us in bondage, causing us to feel like persons in a funeral procession. We are to be cheerful, not sorrowful. But all the time we are to be sorry that after Christ had given His precious life for us, we gave so many years of our life to the powers of darkness. We are to feel sorrow of heart as we remember that after Christ had given His all for our redemption, we used in the service of the enemy some of the time and capabilities which the Lord entrusted to us as talents to use to His name's glory. We are to repent because we have not endeavored in every way possible to become acquainted with the precious truth, which enables us to exercise that faith which works by love and purifies the soul. {7BC 960.1}

"As we see souls out of Christ, we are to put ourselves in their place, and in their behalf feel repentance before God, resting not until we bring them to repentance. If we do everything we can for them, and yet they do not repent, the sin lies at their door; but we are still to feel sorrow of heart because of their condition, showing them how to repent, and trying to lead them step by step to Jesus Christ (MS 92, 1901)." {7BC 960.2} (Underlining supplied)

In this last series of quotations there are six things that we are told to continually repent of:

  1. Sinfulness of our nature
  2. Wasted time in the past.
  3. Misused blessings
  4. Unimproved opportunities
  5. We have not endeavored in every way possible to become acquainted with the precious truth
  6. Feel repentance for others who are not repenting for themselves.

It is a solemn truth that the nature we are born with is sinful. This fact never changes! Our original birth-nature is sinful and stays sinful all of our lives! What hope is there of overcoming sin and what hope is there to stop sinning? The answer is that we must deny our natural birth-nature and by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the power of God and by our own free choice consent to – be born again! John 1:12, 13 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:

"Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." This is how Jesus saves!

When we come to Jesus by faith, take hold of His merits, place our sins on Jesus, and accept His pardon, we become a new creature in Christ! It is written:

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

"And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

"And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

"Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

"Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

"In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

"For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another."

1 John 3:1-11

You have heard the true saying, "Like father, like son". This is how it is spiritually as well as physically. While our sinful nature does not change, we receive a new nature – a divine nature with the new birth. Then we have two natures – human and divine. It is up to our choice which nature controls us! In our hearts and minds there is a cross and a crown. When self is on the cross, Jesus sits on the throne of our hearts and wears the crown. When we put the crown on our own heads (and we always have that choice), Jesus is put on the cross and Satan sits on the throne of our heart. It is a deception that we sit on the throne of our own hearts! Jesus was the one born to be king! We were born to be – not the king, but the representative of the Great King! When we try to seize the kingship ourselves, we lose all! When we try to seize the kingship ourselves, we become the slave of Satan! In one sense we are born – not to be a king, but to be a slave! And the Devil calls all followers of Jesus "servile slaves"! The truth is that the followers of Satan are servile slaves – held captive against their wills! However, the servants of King Jesus are slaves of love! Jesus educates His love-slaves, and elevates them to sit with Him in His throne. Once educated and experienced, Jesus gives them responsibilities to rule with Him in love for eternity! The reason that our sinful nature is allowed to stay alive all during our life is to reinforce and to develop and strengthen our freedom of choice! We gain strength of character by both denying self and saying "yes" to Jesus. This is in part the way that "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose." (Romans 8:28) This is how Jesus saves!!

Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Ephesians 3:14 -21 "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

"Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

"May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

"And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

"Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."

Summary

"Self-surrender is the substance of the teachings of Christ. Often it is presented and enjoined in language that seems authoritative, because there is no other way to save man than to cut away those things which, if entertained, will demoralize the whole being." {DA 523.3}

God’s part in how Jesus saves, is to give the merit and assert the right to forgive our sins and more than that, to provide the means and the incentive for victory over sin. Sin is the transgression of the law of God. (1 John 3:4)

Man’s part is to daily accept His merit and forgiveness and to accept the means and the incentive to vindicate God in the great controversy by living a life of victory over sin to God’s glory and to the hastening of His second coming. This can only be accomplished on our part by continual communion with Jesus. Special time with Jesus in the morning, and walking and talking with Him through the day in our work is required for constant victory over sin. Then our love and connection with Jesus deepens and we would rather die than displease our Redeemer. It is love for God and the desire to supply the only thing in the universe that God does not have already – a demonstration in statistically significant numbers - that in sinful human flesh, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, humans can live, when mature, without sin! This demonstration is what the whole universe is waiting for. This is what God is waiting on us for!

""When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come." Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. {COL 69.1}

"It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain." {COL 69.2}

"Even so, Come, Lord Jesus" Rev. 22:20.