Welcome here, again. The Gospel Exposition Blog brings to you yet another time of awesomeness on this abode. Today’s post is an eye opener to the reason why (the purpose for which) you’re saved. Why exactly were you saved? This article would attempt to answer this thought-provoking question, scripturally, and I pray that we see ourselves the way we really are in Jesus’ name.
A very important question you should ask yourself, everyday, is why exactly am I saved? Perhaps, this will cause you to walk in your purpose. In the time past, I have believed that believers are saved so that they might not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16. I also knew that we are saved so that in the ages to come He (God) might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:7. Well, these are true and the validity cannot be questioned. But, are these all the reason why we are saved? The answer is NO. There is a very important purpose for which a believer is saved, and that is to fall in the divine plan of God for salvation.
Let’s look into the passage below.
ACTS 26 (NKJV)
“16 BUT RISE AND STAND ON YOUR FEET; FOR I HAVE APPEARED TO YOU FOR THIS PURPOSE, TO MAKE YOU A MINISTER AND A WITNESS BOTH OF THE THINGS WHICH YOU HAVE SEEN AND OF THE THINGS WHICH I WILL YET REVEAL TO YOU.
17 I WILL DELIVER YOU FROM THE JEWISH PEOPLE, AS WELL AS FROM THE GENTILES, TO WHOM I NOW SEND YOU,
18 TO OPEN THEIR EYES, IN ORDER TO TURN THEM FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT, AND FROM THE POWER OF SATAN TO GOD, THAT THEY MAY RECEIVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND AN INHERITANCE AMONG THOSE WHO ARE SANCTIFIED BY FAITH IN ME.”
The passage above is a report of Paul’s conversion before king Agrippa. Paul, whose life has been spent persecuting the church was miraculously ministered to on his way to Damascus, having gotten the permit for arrest and persecution of the church. However, Christ, owing solely to His love and grace, met him and gave him a change of story. Acts 9.
The conversion story is not the interest of this article but the purpose of the conversion. In verse 16 of the above passage (Acts 26), Jesus told Paul in no hard language the purpose for which he was saved (converted) and this is the same purpose for which you, my reader, are saved.
ACT 26 (KJV)
“16 …FOR I HAVE APPEARED TO YOU FOR THIS PURPOSE, TO MAKE YOU A MINISTER AND A WITNESS BOTH OF THE THINGS WHICH YOU HAVE SEEN AND OF THE THINGS WHICH I WILL YET REVEAL TO YOU.”
The purpose of believer’s conversion is to be a minister and a witness, first, to what one has heard or read (what you hear and read totals and equals what you see, that is, what you understand – the light you have gotten) and second, the revelations one has gotten from God. So a believer (minister) witnesses what he sees (his understanding of God’s word) and the revelation of Christ that has been revealed unto him. Two very important points there.
It is important I add here that we are saved by free grace through faith and God will not suffer His gift of salvation for meritorious service or some kind of payments. God did everything graciously, and a Christian’s service should never be thought or attempted to be an after payment of salvation. Rather, it is the divine plan of God for believers to live a life of purpose.
EPHESIANS 2 (NKJV)
“10 FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.”
Good works are works of the father. For this reason you were saved (created in Christ Jesus) to walk in them. Walking in good works is working with God to reach the lost souls – to fulfill His will. 1 Timothy 2:4. This is the greater works Christ declared you shall do.
JOHN 14 (NKJV)
“12 MOST ASSUREDLY, I SAY TO YOU, HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME, THE WORKS THAT I DO HE WILL DO ALSO; AND GREATER WORKS THAN THESE HE WILL DO, BECAUSE I GO TO MY FATHER.”
Jesus said he who believes in Him would do the work He did. He proceeded and said greater works is the one also going to do because He is going to the Father. The question is what work can be greater than the sacrifice of love and redemption of Christ and what can we do as believers that Christ did not do, even much more, in His earth walk or what can we do apart from Him ( His enabling ability at work in us) ? Yet, He said we shall do greater works. The greater work can only be in quantity and not in quality. That is, because He is going to the father, we (believers) do much more (greater works) of ministering to unbelievers, reaching a higher number of souls than Jesus did while on earth (higher quantity of work), while we take our source from the same Jesus (same quality of work). That’s the good works the workmanship is made for. That is the reason why you are saved.
I love The Message version of the Ephesians 2:10. You will love it too.
EPHESIANS 2 (MSG)
“10. HE CREATES EACH OF US BY CHRIST JESUS TO JOIN HIM IN THE WORK HE DOES, THE GOOD WORK HE HAS GOTTEN READY FOR US TO DO, WORK WE HAD BETTER BE DOING.”
That is enough explanation. Did you see that? You were saved (created in Christ Jesus) to join Him (be His workmanship) in the work he does (work of reconciliation and salvation). 2 Corinthians 5:17-20. That’s the work we had better be doing, the very reason why we are saved.
Believers are given an assurance from the Sender (Christ) that He will be with everyone who stands to and proclaim the word. God already knows what you are passing through and will ever pass through. In verse 17, He told Paul “I will deliver you”. The same is the voice of hope and strength coming out to you who is afraid, timid or reluctant to preach the gospel.
In verse 18, Christ explained the reason why it is important to go (respond) and gave what the Spirit will help believers do.
JOHN 14 (NKJV)
“18 TO OPEN THEIR EYES, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, THAT THEY MAY RECEIVE forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” (Emphasis mine)
This verse states two important things, each of which in turns will result in two important points. Let’s see these below.
1. To open their eyes.
This is talking about the spiritual eyes. The unbelievers are spiritually blind and the blindness is of the mind. So, it’s a believer’s mandate to open their eyes of understanding by introducing Christ as the:
a. Light to drive out darkness. Eph. 5:8, Col. 1:13.
b. Deliverer from the power of Satan. Col. 2:15.
That is, opening their eyes would let them know Christ who is the Light in this darkened world and Deliverer from Satan’s power. This will lead to the second point.
2. That they may receive of Christ.
Salvation is of God and unto God – God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. There’s no one God’s love cannot reach. Salvation reaches to the very meritless souls. Salvation is all about God giving, and we receiving (responding). When the unbelievers yield to His saving love, they receive:
a. Forgiveness of sins. Eph. 1:7.
b. Inheritance among those that are sanctified by faith in Christ. Eph. 1:11.
That is, after their eyes have been opened and have believed, they will receive pardon of sin and unspeakably great inheritance in Christ. Amen.
In conclusion, the reason why a believer is saved is to make disciples of all nations, in every capacity, and at all times. This is the great commission.
MATTHEW 28 (NKJV)
“18 AND JESUS CAME AND SPOKE TO THEM, SAYING, “ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH.
19 GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL THE NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,
20 TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU; AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE.” AMEN.
Beloved, this is the work you had better be doing because this is the reason why you are saved. I pray that you increase in strength and passion for this cause even as you desire it in Jesus’ name. Let’s desire to join Him in the work He does, for we are created in Him for this purpose.
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