Friday, January 19, 2018

Are You Ready?

Why do I need to be saved?

God leaves no doubt about our condition. We set our standards of right and wrong by society’s values. God’s standard for us is His own holiness. How do we measure up? “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It’s only fair that God demands holiness; that’s how he first created mankind. We have rebelled against Him as a race and as individuals.

Our pathway away from God has brought its consequences. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a). The Bible compares sin to a cruel slave master. There is no mercy in suffering, no freedom from bondage, no lasting joy, no hope for the future. But most frightening is the final consequence of sin. The Bible warns that without God’s salvation, death is the doorway to eternal punishment (Hebrews 9:27).

It is from this that we need to be saved. From our own sin. From its bondage. From its consequences.“How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).

How does God say I can be saved?

God is holy and God is love. His holiness demands that our sin be punished infinitely. His love provides a way for us to be saved from this punishment. How is this possible? Another was willing to suffer what we deserve. Our substitute had to be a sinless man, able to suffer the infinite anger of God against our sin. The only one able to take our place was God’s only Son.

The greatest display of God’s love unfolded as His Son left heaven to become a man. Born of a virgin 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ lived with His creation. Unable to sin Himself, yet He showed compassion to sinners all around Him. However, men hated Him because His holiness revealed their sinfulness. He willingly allowed them to nail Him to a cross of wood outside Jerusalem. They suspended Him so they could sit and watch Him die. The climax of God’s plan of salvation had arrived as God covered the earth with darkness. The Bible tells us that for three hours He laid on His Son the infinite punishment we deserve for our sin. The darkness was broken when Jesus Christ called out with a loud voice “It is finished”. He had accomplished the might work, God’s great plan of salvation.

After three days in death, Christ Jesus rose from the dead. This is evidence to all that saw him afterwards and to all who read God’s word that Christ’s suffering completely satisfied His father. He was victorious over death itself – the ultimate consequence of our sin.

God’s plan of salvation brings us into the good of Christ’s suffering, death, and victory. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6). “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

How to receive Jesus Christ

  1. Humble yourself and admit to yourself and God that you are a sinner.

  2. Be willing to turn from your sins and turn your life to God.

  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for your sins and that He rose from the dead to give you eternal life.

  4. By praying, ask Jesus Christ to come into your life, forgive your sins, save you, and take control by the Holy Spirit.

If you sincerely mean it, Pray something like:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I need your love and mercy. I believe that You died for my sins on the cross. I want to turn from my sins. Please come into my heart and life and forgive my sins. I turn control of my life over to you as my Savior and Lord. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Did you sincerely pray? if so:

“Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13“He who has the Son (Jesus) has life; but he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know for certain that you have eternal life, and so that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:12-13)

What to do now:

God wants you to grow in your spiritual life and in your relationship with Him. In order to do that you should do several important things.

  1. Share Jesus with others often. Tell several other people right away that you have just received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.

  2. Find and join a Bible-believing evangelical church. They should believe the Bible truths that you have just read. Become a faithful and active member in Bible study, worship and service to others.

  3. Be baptized by immersion in the church you join. Jesus commanded us to follow His example and be baptized to let our world know Jesus has given us a new and eternal life.

  4. Read your Bible and spend time with God in prayer daily. Remember, God is very interested in spending time with you. You meet Him in Bible study and prayer. Your daily fellowship and relationship with Him must be the most important thing in your life.

God Bless You!