| The admonition to
"save thyself" is found more than once in the New Testament.
When Christ was hanging on the cross his enemies mocked him and
said, "If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself" (Luke
23:37). A very essential matter these opponents of Christ failed to
realize is that Christ did not come to save Himself but to save others.
His death on the cross was for that purpose. If He had come down from the
cross where would be the way of salvation for man?
On Pentecost, after preaching Christ to his hearers and instructing them to repent and be baptized, Peter told the people to "save yourselves from this untoward generation" (Acts 2:40). He was urging them to obey. God had provided the way and they needed to come that way. It was not that they could save themselves by themselves but they had to obey if they were to be saved. Whether heaven or hell was up to them.