Ian Goligher

We Cannot Be Saved by Imitating Christ

At the close of a gospel service an intelligent-looking man came to the minister and said, "I do not see any necessity for the Blood of Christ in my salvation. I can be saved without believing in His shed Blood." 

"Very well," said the minister, "how then do you propose to be saved?"

"By following His example," was the answer. "That is enough for any man."

"I suppose it is," said the minister. "And you propose to do just that in your life?" "I do, and I am sure that that is enough." 

"The word of God tells us how to do that. I read here concerning Christ: “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth.” I suppose that you can say that of yourself too?” 

The man became visibly embarrassed. "Well," he said, "I cannot say that exactly. I have sometimes sinned." “

“In that case, you do not need an example, but a Saviour; and the only way of salvation is by His shed Blood." 

The Bible is clear that sin has entered into every heart and caused corruption. Noone is righteous enough, nor good enough for heaven. All must be saved from the deep stains of sin upon their souls. 

The prophet Isaiah taught: “All we like sheep have turned away; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).

The Lord Jesus was our sin bearer when he died on the cross. During His death, the load of sin for all who would ever be saved was laid on Him so that thy are set free from the curse of sin. 

We are each called to believe on and trust in the person and work of the Lord Jesus as our Saviour. We cannot lift ourselves out of the pit of sin in which we are sinking. 

We need a Saviour, not a role model to deliver us from our perishing state. The apostle Paul wrote: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Reader, you need to stop striving for salvation in your own strength and start trusting in the work that Christ has already done, and done perfectly for you. It is time to confess your lost condition due to your own sin and to call on the Lord to save your soul, and He will!  

"Romans 10:13 says, "Call on the name of the Lord and though shalt be saved."