Dan Delzell on How High is Your Salvation IQ?

Have you noticed something interesting and universal about smart people? They exist among every race and religion, whether male or female, and among young and old alike. In other words, your IQ is not determined by your race, religion, gender, or age. Your “IQ,” or “Intelligence Quotient,” is “a number used to express the apparent relative intelligence of a person.” The higher the number, the higher a person’s IQ.

If man had nothing more than a brain and lacked an immortal soul, then I suppose one’s IQ might be the greatest indicator of one’s intelligence. But since man does indeed have an immortal soul, we need to consider what I will call man’s “SI,” or “Salvation Intelligence.” A person with a high IQ but a low SI is in danger of losing his most important asset. Jesus of Nazareth summed it up this way: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and yet lose his soul?” (Mark 8:36)

Your soul is “the real you.” Take away your body, and your soul remains. It is impossible to extinguish your soul. The real you will exist forever in one of two extreme eternal destinations, (Daniel 12:2; Matt. 7:13,14) and so you would be wise to pay much attention to the needs of your soul.

Thankfully, Scripture is able to “make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. 3:15) If a person chooses to criticize the Bible, he lacks discernment and appreciation for the truthfulness of God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit to produce salvation intelligence within man’s soul. Faith in Jesus is the key to being saved and forgiven of your sins. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given by men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Apart from salvation through faith in Christ, a person remains lost in sin with a low SI. What does that mean? Well, it means that unless you “improve your score” so to speak, you will stand before God one day without any covering for your sin. And the outcome is horrible for anyone who stands before God without faith in Christ.

When Adam and Eve sinned, they immediately tried to cover themselves with fig leaves. (Genesis 3:6,7) They felt “spiritually naked” before their Creator, and it produced shame in their hearts. The same thing happens today.

When we sin, it produces guilt and shame. However, when a person’s heart becomes hardened and callous toward his Creator, he feels no shame in sinning. This spiritual condition does not bode well for anyone who enters God’s courtroom on Judgment Day with a low SI. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” (2 Cor. 5:10) You are destined to eventually appear in God’s courtroom, and nothing in Heaven or on Earth will stop your divine appointment from taking place. This sober reality should be a monumental motivator that stirs you to be deeply concerned for the eternal well-being of your soul.

So how do I increase my SI? How can I be prepared for my appointment with the Lord at the end of time? There is only one way to be prepared for Judgment Day my friend. You need to be introduced to Jesus by the Holy Spirit. After all, “the man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14) Without the Holy Spirit working in your heart and mind, your SI will be meager and your soul will remain “dead in your transgressions and sins.” (Eph. 2:1)

The Apostle Paul explained how people who are spiritually dead become spiritually alive. Paul wrote, “Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions … it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph. 2:4-5,8-9)

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Dan Delzell