WHERE GOD PUT SALVATION
“Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:10). Aren’t we so glad that salvation can only be found in Christ Jesus? This is where God put salvation. Can we image it being found in anyone or anything else? Not only is it found in Christ, it is with eternal glory. Being in Christ means we have a close and intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior, and that we are in harmony with him through a close spiritual union. It means we are family. We are no longer apart from Christ or on the outside of the family, but we are on the inside. We all understand the basic premise of being in or out of something, don’t we? Take Noah for instance. Once the ark was built, Noah and his family had to get in the ark if they wanted to be saved from the flood. Had they chosen to stay outside of the ark when the flood came, they would have been lost like everyone else. Noah and his family listened to God and then obeyed. This obedience resulted in only eight people being saved. In order for us to be saved, we must be in Christ where salvation is found.
So then, the question is, how do we get into Christ? The bible records, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27). How do we get into Christ? We are baptized into Christ. The preposition into signifies a change of relationship. Before baptism we were on the outside, away from or separated from Christ. Once baptism has taken place, we are to join to and be in harmony with Christ. Baptism is the putting off of the old sinful person to become a new person who walks in righteousness. Romans 6:3 says, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life”.
God laid out His divine plan for man to be saved. Do you or I have the authority to change what God has already ordained? To be eligible for salvation we must be in Christ. This is where salvation is found and cannot be found anywhere else. On the last day, many will be horrified to learn that he or she is lost because they have lived a life apart from God and have not obeyed the command to be baptized. Mark 16:16 reads, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned”. Have you been baptized into Christ? If not, why not? Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come and all we have is this moment. If you have not given your life over to Jesus Christ, now is the time to get in the place where salvation is found, in Christ Jesus.