Salvation is quite a subject.
Salvation’s topics include the church and the gates of Hell. Thank God we were told the gates of Hell will not prevail. They held us all captive, every last one of us. We were broken and blind groping in the dark without any understanding. Then at the time of God’s choosing, we were called from prison to hear words of hope, words we desperately wanted to believed. Coming into the Light we fell upon the mercies of God. The gates of Hell did not prevail.
The Father knew who would come, and who would stay away to hide their evil deeds. Seeds of the gospel were snatched away, and that was Satan’s doing. They chose his evil ways. But we stayed. We chose goodness, we believed in God and what He was saying. Because we believe our hope will not be in vain, and we are now certain about things the world cannot see. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
To believe in Jesus is to live with the Holy Spirit. Instead of the Law showing us our sins, the Spirit of God is teaching us to be holy. God the Father gave us a reason to believe, Jesus. Now we are working out our salvation giving Him the attention He deserves.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
We were left with many examples of those who believed and obeyed. It is now our turn.