Question: “Can God save me?”
Answer: The question “Can God save me?” has been asked by millions of people over the years. Not only can God save you, but only God can save you. To understand why the answer to “Can God save me?” is “yes!”, we have to understand why we need saving in the first place. When Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, his sin poisoned the rest of creation (Romans 5:12), and sinful nature we inherited from Adam has therefore separated us from God. Because of God’s great love for us, however, He had a plan (Genesis 3:15). He would come to earth as a human being in the person of Jesus Christ and willingly lay down His life for us, taking the punishment we deserved. When our Savior cried out His final words from the cross “it is finished” (John 19:30), our sin debt was forever paid in full. Jesus Christ saved us from a certain and horrible eternal destiny.
In order for us to experience the benefit of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, however, we must believe and trust in Him and His sacrifice alone as payment for sin (John 3:16; Acts 16:31). And God will cover us with the righteousness of Christ the moment we do this (Romans 3:22). But for this imputed righteousness, we would not even be able to enter into the presence of our holy God (Hebrews 10:19-25).
Even though we are only one heartbeat away from our eternal destiny, we tend to think of this eventuality as far off and therefore are often more concerned with the adverse impact that our sinful cravings and worldly desires are having on our day-to-day living. So, whether our concerns of “being saved” are immediate or eternal, the good news is that Christ’s finished work on the cross not only saved us from eternal separation from God, but it also saved us from the power that sin has over us. Once we accept Christ, His Spirit indwells us and we are no longer controlled by the sinful nature (Romans 8:9) which makes it possible for us to say “no” to sin and defeat our enslavement to the sinful desires of this world.
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), and we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and not one of us is outside the reach of God’s saving grace. The apostle Paul is a great example. He spent his life hating, imprisoning, persecuting and even killing Christians, and one encounter with Jesus Christ turned him into one of the greatest Christians who ever lived. Indeed, we are the crown jewel of His creation, made in His image (Genesis 1:26), and God wants all of us to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), and none of us to perish (2 Peter 3:9; Ezekiel 18:32). Now, to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12), and what He will do for His children is poignantly described by God Himself in Psalm 91: “’Because he loves me,’ says the LORD, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him’” (Psalm 91:14-16).