“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.”
When the Philippian jailer asked, “what must I do to be saved?,” Paul didn't break into a discourse about repudiation of self, cross-bearing, and submission of every aspect of one’s life to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ. All of those are vital to a thorough understanding of the Christian life. But Paul’s response was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” To the thief on the cross’s simple cry of “remember me…” Jesus replied with deep compassion, “today, you’ll be with me in paradise.”
I was six years old when I trusted Christ. I was penitent, but had no idea what the word “penitent” meant. I repented, but couldn't define the concept of repentance. I just knew, I needed Jesus desperately.
I’m afraid that as Christians looking backward at what happened to us, having grown in the depth of our understanding of salvation, we often take all that we've learned since the moment of our conversion and decide that an understanding of it all is necessary for anyone else who wants to be saved. Meanwhile we forget just how helpless, how hopeless we were as we approached the cross. And we forget just how powerful God is to regenerate the hardest of hearts through the simplest of means – faith.
Having wrestled for years with trying to understand all the various facets of redemption, Charles Spurgeon was finally saved when the utter simplicity of God’s plan of salvation dawned on him. It happened during a sermon delivered by a layperson filling in at the last second for an absent pastor. The man had little education and practically no ability to expound on the depth of the meaning of salvation. But the man knew one single Scripture to share, so he repeated it over and over…
Look to Me, and be saved,
All you ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
- Isaiah 45:22 NKJV
Stop complicating it. Just look to Jesus, the One and Only, and trust Him. He wants to save you today.