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Salvation

This is the single most important page on this entire blog.  As such, I must begin with the following scripture:

I John 5:13  “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

There is a way in which you can go to bed tonight “knowing” that, if you should pass into eternity before the sun rises in the morning, you will be in heaven.  Regardless of who you are and regardless of how many terrible things you may have done in the past, salvation is yours for the asking.  The following steps outline Gods plan for salvation.

( 1 )  The first thing that must be understood is that all of us have sinned and that sin separates us from God.  God loves us more than we can comprehend and desires each of us to live with him forever.  However, he is also completely holy and sin cannot be in his presence.

Isaiah 64:6  “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Romans 3:23  “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

( 2 )  We cannot save ourselves.  No matter how nice of a person we are or how many charitable works we engage in, the problem of sin still remains.  The following verse makes this clear.

Matthew 7:22-23  “Many shall say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” 

It’s important to understand the seriousness of sin because it is the very thing that separates us from God.  No amount of good works can take care of the problem of sin.  When a person dies in their sins, they will drop into hell with no hope of deliverance.  Now here comes the “good news.”

( 3 )  Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, paid for our sin.  Because Jesus was tempted in all points as we are and yet never sinned, he was able to pay for our sins.  

Romans 5:8-9  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” 

Colossians 2:14  “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.”

Your sin; every terrible thing that you’ve ever said or done, was paid for two thousand years ago when Jesus Christ shed his blood on Calvary.  He did it so that we could have eternal life with him. 

( 4 )  You only have to believe on Jesus and receive the gift of eternal life.  If you understand that you are a sinner in need of a Savior and that Jesus Christ paid for your sin, the only thing left to do is to turn to him in sincere repentance.  Repentance means “being sorry for doing it and turning from it.”  Ask him to forgive you and accept his death on the cross as payment for your sins.  Invite Jesus to be your Savior and Lord. 

Romans 10:9-10  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” 

I John 1:8  “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Revelation 3:20  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Jesus is rich unto all who call upon him in sincerety.  If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, please come to him now in prayer.  PLEASE don’t wait for another day.  Pray something like this, but “mean it from your heart.”  Just saying words does nothing; it must be sincere. 

Lord Jesus; I am a sinner.  I am truly sorry and I ask you to forgive me.  I believe that you are the Son of God, that you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I accept you as my Savior and Lord.  From this day forward, I will live for you.  Thank you for saving me” 

If you meant this with all your heart, your name is being recorded in heaven and the angels are rejoicing.  In the days and years ahead, you will find that this was the single “most important” decision that you have ever made and you will have the peace of God that passes all understanding.  Jesus Christ is Faithful and True; a friend that sticks closer than a brother who will be with you “always.”  It’s important to begin spending time with him in prayer and to begin reading the bible.  The gospel of John is a great place to start. 

My sincere prayer, is that you know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  My desire is to see you in heaven.  More importantly, God desires to have you in heaven.  I’ll close this page with four passages that reveal Gods desire to give you eternal life.

Ezekiel 18:31-32  “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

John 6:37  “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

II Peter 3:9-10  “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

Revelation 22:17  “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 

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