Salvation through Christ
“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.”
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, who was sent to earth by way of a virgin, Mary, to offer salvation to all those who are outside of God so that all who believe in Jesus might receive eternal life.
Without Jesus, mankind is hopelessly lost. Jesus is the only way to the Father. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.”
Salvation is through Jesus Christ. Why do we need salvation? Because of the “fall” of man that took place in the garden. When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree which God strictly forbade them to eat from, this act of disobedience introduced sin into the world for the first time. And sin, because it is not of God, but of the devil, brings about death for all mankind. You might say that when we were first born we inherited this sin from our forefathers. Because of this, we must be “born-again.” And this new birth is spiritual and not of man, but of God, which is why it is effective in removing our sins and thereby making us acceptable to God.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” God hates sin. Unrepented sin creates a separation between us and God. Our natural birth into sin created this separation, because a person stained with sin cannot stand in the presence of a holy and righteous God.
This is where Jesus comes in. In order to undo the damage and the death and destruction to mankind that sin created, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, who was sinless and approved of God, to die for our sins; and through His shed blood on Calvary’s cross, we now have forgiveness of sin, if we believe on Him with our whole heart.
If you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a virgin, was crucified for your sins, died, and rose again the third day, you too can be saved.
What must we do to be saved? Repent. Repent of your unconfessed sin and accept God’s forgiveness for sin, which is provided through Jesus’ shed blood at Calvary. Christ’s blood offers forgiveness of sin, and the baptism in Jesus’ name, a cleansing of our sins. In baptism we are also buried with Christ, and when we come up out of the water we are risen to a new life, just as He was risen on the third day to a new life and is now seated at the right-hand of God. And when God fills us with the Holy Ghost, which He promised to all those who believe, it is the Spirit of God that dwells on the inside of us which empowers us and leads us into all truth.
If you want to go to Heaven you must be born-again, as there is no sin in Heaven and God would never allow anyone still stained with unconfessed sin to enter into heaven thereby defiling it. It’s very simple: belief in Jesus Christ with your whole heart, repentance and forgiveness of sin, baptism in His name, and you too shall be filled with the Holy Ghost. Do it today, because tomorrow may be too late. God loves you; receive His love and offer of salvation today.
Welcome to the Family
Once you have been born-again according to Scripture, let me be the first to welcome you into the family of God: Welcome!
This is only the beginning for you. God has so much to offer you as He begins to pour of Himself into you, and as He opens up the Scriptures to you as you begin to read and study the Bible.
This new life in Christ is a beautiful one! No, it won’t always be easy, and each of us will go through our own set of tests and trials, highs-and-lows, and set backs; but this is all part of the journey in an effort to reach our final destination: Heaven. But rest assured, God will be with you every step of the way. This is our consolation: we can make it through anything as long as God is with us. And He will always be with us; He will never leave us or forsake us. Hold tight to His hand and never let go.
I want to encourage you to read your Bible regularly. The Bible offers us unique insight into the mind of God. You want to know what He thinks of you? Read His word. And as you read, ask Him to give you insight and understanding into His word. The word of God is powerful and holy. It has the power to save, heal, deliver, and bring us closer to God.
Prayer is also essential for the believer. Regular communication with God keeps us grounded and in constant contact with Him. How can we ever expect to get to know someone if we never communicate with them? Likewise, how can we grow in our relationship with God if we never spend time with Him? Talk to Him and He will talk back to you. Listen and obey.
Be filled with the Holy Ghost. God wants to fill us with power from on high which empowers us to live righteously before God, be His witnesses on the earth, leads us in the way of truth and away from unrighteousness, comforts us when we feel weak, breaks every destructive force the enemy sends our way; and it is the thing which seals us in Christ until the day of redemption.
…”love one another, even as I have loved you”… We must have love one for another, even as Christ has loved us. We must maintain a spirit of unity together with fellow believers, and love the world and lost souls everywhere. This love is of God and is felt by everyone we come in contact with. Our love for mankind should lead them to the foot of the cross where they too can receive forgiveness of sin and salvation.
Be willing to share with others how God has changed your life. Our testimonies are powerful and offer hope to those who feel hopeless. Encourage. Motivate. Uplift others; this is expected of every believer.
Finally, wait with expectancy for Christ’s return. Be on the alert and remain faithful to God at all times. After Jesus’ resurrection He told His disciples, I’m leaving but I will return. When He returns, He is coming to rapture His church and take us to our final resting place, where we will live with Him for eternity. There, we will finally have rest from our labors, the devil can no longer tempt us to sin, and we will be at peace in the bosom of the Father. But until then, remain faithful to God’s word, and keep yourselves unspotted from sin. Obey God, and love others, even as you have been loved by God.