Much unnecessary confusion exists today over salvation. Paul stated it simply as “…repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” in Acts 20:21. Here is what you need to understand clearly:
1. All men are sinners and this includes you!
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23. Men are natural born rebels against the Law of God. God’s Law is holy and pure and you have broken it repeatedly throughout your life. If you doubt this, why not examine your own heart against the Law, otherwise known as the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20:1-17?
Have you ever told a lie? Have you honored your parents at all times? Have you ever blasphemed by using the name of God in vain? Have you ever stolen anything? Have you ever committed adultery in your heart by looking with lust? If you have failed in any of these areas, James 2:10 states plainly, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Romans 3:10
2. Your personal sins have earned you a wage.
“For the wages of sin is death…” “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire…” Romans 6:23a; Revelation 20:14
A righteous, holy and just God will never allow sin and rebellion to go unpunished or He would cease to be holy. God will never compromise His righteousness or holiness to allow a guilty sinner to go free! (You wouldn’t think a judge on this earth was a good judge if he allowed known criminals to go free, would you?) No, the Bible promises a due reward for your sins and transgressions.
For “…God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ…” “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Romans 2:16; Revelation 20:15
3. God, in His love and mercy, has provided salvation for you.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
There is nothing you can do to atone for your sins or to make peace with God. Your good deeds or good intentions cannot take away your sins! Church membership, water baptism and religion cannot take away your sins. But, God sent his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die condemned in your place and pay for your ungodliness! When John the Baptist first saw the Lord Jesus Christ coming to him, he proclaimed,
“…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29.
This is the good news! Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried and rose again the third day. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus Christ would do this for us. “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all…it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin…He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied…” Isaiah 53:5-6, 10, 11
God Almighty is satisfied with the payment that His Son Jesus Christ made for your sins and this is the only thing that will satisfy His holy wrath. Jesus fulfilled the Law for us and God now has a holy and just way to redeem sinners. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us…” “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God…” Galatians 3:13 and 1 Peter 3:18.
4. You can be saved and possess eternal life right now!
How? “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.
You must come humbly to Jesus Christ and put all of your faith in Him. To believe on him is to trust him alone for your soul’s salvation! Most people will not put their complete faith in the Lord Jesus because they are rebels against God and would rather continue in their sins or hold on to the self righteousness of their religion! This is why Jesus said, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” The apostle Paul told some superstitious pagans in Acts 17:30 that God used to wink at their ignorant worship, “…but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” Why not turn to God right now and put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in Him alone! “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:10, 13.
Are you sick of your sin? Do you desire to be saved? Do you want the change that comes by trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Then, why not call on God and receive the Lord Jesus Christ right now! You could pray something like this:
“Dear God, I am a sinner and I deserve to perish. I know I have continually broken your Laws and have sinned in your sight I am asking you to have mercy on me and save my soul. I do believe that Jesus Christ died for me and rose again the third day. Please be merciful to me, a sinner and receive me as one of your own. The best way I know how, I am coming to you for salvation. Please cleanse me and help me to live for you from this day forth! In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!”
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