31 Days: Jesus Saves {Day 13}

This is day 14 of the Write 31 days October challenge.  I’m using Five Minute Friday‘s one word prompts this year and tying my posts to a hymn of the Christian faith.   For the rest of my posts click on the landing page.   Today’s word revealed by Kate at Five Minute Friday is invite.

Do you remember earlier this month I talked about how important right doctrine is to understanding the Gospel?  This post is probably not going to be popular because it’s going back to that truth.  I know universalism is a popular doctrine in these days.  We don’t want to believe a good God, a compassionate God, a loving God would send anyone to eternal punishment, but God does not lie and Scripture is very clear.

His word says it so it’s true.

It’s true that he invites all to come to him.  It’s also true that not all will accept that invitation.  Yes, I’m going back to the truth that we cannot pick and chose what truths of Gods word we want to believe.  This doesn’t mean we use God’s word to batter those that don’t believe the same as we do–that’s where grace comes in.  It’s not our job to beat and batter, it is our job to speak the truth in love.  It’s our job to preach the word of God and be ready to give an answer to the hope we have within us.  But it’s not our job to pronounce eternal judgement on those that disagree…that is God’s job alone.

Yes, I agree, eternal punishment seems very harsh but that’s why it’s God’s job to judge. No human could ever rightly judge another human.


Jesus Saves those who believe.  Belief doesn’t mean saying a little prayer and continuing our lives as they were.   Jesus changes hearts.  The Holy Spirit in us makes us new and cleanses our soul from sin and wickedness but this can’t happen without our realization of just how pitiful we are without him.

I’m posting 2 different versions of hymns today.  One that was written by Pricilla J. Owens in 1898 titled Jesus Saves and another titled Jesus Saves that I believe was written in 1984 by Bill Gaither but can’t find much information about it.  If you’ve never heard David Phelps hit a high note you’re missing something spectacular.

1 We have heard the joyful sound:
Jesus saves!
Spread the gladness all around:
Jesus saves!
Bear the news to every land,
climb the steeps and cross the waves;
onward! ’tis our Lord’s command:
Jesus saves!

2 Sing above the battle strife:
Jesus saves!
By His death and endless life,
Jesus saves!
Sing it softly through the gloom,
when the heart for mercy craves;
sing in triumph o’er the tomb:
Jesus saves!

3 Give the winds a mighty voice:
Jesus saves!
Let the nations now rejoice:
Jesus saves!
Shout salvation full and free;
highest hills and deepest caves;
this our song of victory:
Jesus saves!


Copyright 1984 Riversong Records

CHORUS:Jesus saves, (Jesus saves) He still does, (yes, He still does)
He’ll make of you something new, cleanse the sin that was.
The Holy Spirit whispers, “No more must you be enslaved,
Just believe it, Jesus saves.”

1. We talk of heaven’s beauty and that’s good.
We talk of loving others and we should.
But to a dying world the greatest thing that we can say
Is “Take a look at Calvary, Jesus saves.”


2. We have heard the joyful sound, Jesus saves, Jesus saves
Spread the tidings all around, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.


Jesus saves, (Jesus saves) He still does, (yes, He still does)
He’ll make of you something new, cleanse the sin that was.
The Holy Spirit whispers, “No more must you be enslaved,
Just believe it, Jesus saves.”
Tag: The Holy Spirit whispers, “No more must you be enslaved,
Just believe it, just believe it, just believe it, Jesus saves.”




  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    10/13/2017 at 4:59 pm Reply

    When I lived in California I saw a sign outside a savings and loan (remember them?) that said, “Jesus Saves…right here, at 3% compounded daily!”

    I went in to complain, but was laughing too hard to be coherent.

    Great post,and I loved the videos!

    • Christy

      10/13/2017 at 6:14 pm Reply

      That is hilarious! I do remember savings and loan. I think we still have one on the KS side of the line.

  • Martha G. Brady

    10/13/2017 at 3:57 pm Reply

    it was fun to hear that song. it has been a long time since i have heard it Christy:)

  • Tara

    10/13/2017 at 11:23 am Reply

    I don’t know that I’ve heard this song before.

    • Christy

      10/13/2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

      I haven’t sung it in church in years. We used to sing the first version a little faster and more lively. But I still love the rich reminder that it’s Jesus who saves.

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