Luke 1:77 – ”To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins.”
This scripture gives its stance on salvation. Many do not know the difference between being a religious person and being a saved person. Most people often think that once someone is morally upright, the person is saved. However, this is far from the truth because Nicodemus and Cornelius, although they were highly religious and morally upright men, were not saved.
From the opening verse, the Spirit of God, through Zacharias, has defined what salvation is. For someone to be saved, he must receive the knowledge of salvation by the remission of his or her sins. If you are saved, you’ll know for sure that all your sins have been forgiven you because of the death of Jesus Christ. God always announce before hand whatever He plans to do and how He’ll do it. God has an eternal plan to save everyone, and this plan of perfect salvation was announced in His word. This plan requires that the old covenant ratified through Moses be completely replaced with a new covenant.
In the new covenant, God promised that He’ll forgive and forget the sins of mankind. Hebrews 8:8-12 : ”For [God] finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
What saves us is the knowledge that God has forgiven us all our sins and iniquities and will remember them no more (If you don’t have this knowledge in you, it’s sad to say that you’re not yet saved). Today, God’s interest is to let everyone know that He has forgiven and forgotten their lifetime sins, and once we believe his word, we’re completely saved for all eternity. The salvation God made available for us through His Son is an eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9), so once you received God’s gift of everlasting salvation you’re saved and secured for life and all eternity: your works don’t add or subtract from God’s gift of eternal salvation. In the new covenant, God’s gifts and calling are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). What it means is that, once God has saved you by opening the heart of your eyes to know and believe that all your sins have been forgiven and forgotten, you’re indeed saved for good and for all eternity: absolutely nothing can undo your salvation in Christ, not even your unimaginably worst sin (we will explore this further in the subsequent part of the series).
Insights from Good News Mission Church, Legon.