Read: Romans 5:12-21
I once read a story about four people travelling in an aeroplane. A pilot, a professor, a pastor, and a hiker were flying in a small plane when the engines stopped. The pilot said, “There are only three parachutes. Since this is my plane, I am taking one of them.” He put it on and jumped out. The professor said, “I am brilliant and the world needs me, so I am taking a parachute,” and he jumped out. The pastor told the hiker, “I don’t want to be selfish, so you take the last parachute.” The hiker replied, “There are still two left, so we can each have one. The professor jumped out with my backpack instead of the parachute!” Though the professor thought he would land safely, his assurance was based on incorrect thinking.
Many people have an assurance of salvation based on incorrect thinking. They believe that going to church, being baptised, or just being good will gain them acceptance from God. Our thinking can be incorrect if it is not based on God’s Word. God says that “all have sinned” and that we are His enemies. But graciously, we can be made right with God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:23; 5:8-10). We can have peace with God by putting our faith in what Christ has done for us (Rom. 5:1).
Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). If we could earn salvation by any other way, then there was no need for Jesus to pay the ultimate price for our salvation by sacrificing Himself on the cross. Can you accept what Jesus says? Your eternity is at stake here. Do not trust in incorrect thinking or assumptions. Be sure about your salvation by putting your faith in Christ.