Save Yourself

Cody Libolt
Mar 4, 2015 · 2 min read

A Bible challenge: Who said the famous words: “Save yourself”?

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“Save yourself” sounds suspicious.

As Christians, we believe it’s Jesus who saves. Also, doesn’t the plea to “save yourself” seem overly self-centered?

If the phrase seems off-target, you may be surprised who said it.

Villains and heroes alike have said, “save yourself.”

They said, “Come down from the cross and save yourself” (Mark 15:30).

Peter preaching his first message said, “Save yourselves from this untoward generation.”

He said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.”

Using many words, he told of God’s promise and his exhortation (Acts 2:38–41).

The gospel is more than “save yourself.” But never less than that.

“Save yourself by repenting of sin and trusting in Jesus — the risen Son of God.”

A presentation of the gospel includes at least this.

In our times, Christian leaders regularly denounce self-interest. They are quick to ascribe any sin to a wrongful emphasis on individualism.

Take heed unto thyself and unto the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and those who hear thee (1 Tim 4:16).


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