If you’ve never chosen to trust in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to pay for your sin, or even really understood what that means, let me explain.
First, we need to understand why we even need salvation.
Sin is the problem.
Sin is the heart attitude that says, “God’s not the boss of me. I do as I please.” It sets itself against God basically saying, “I don’t need you. I decide for myself what is good, what is evil, and how I will live my life. I will be my own god.”
Sin is opposed to God and separates us from Him.
It started in the beginning of time when Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, met God’s enemy Satan.
Satan was once one of God’s most majestic heavenly beings, but he let pride rise in his heart. He set his sights on taking over God’s position as Ruler and raised an army of like-minded angelic beings to form a coupe. But his plan failed and God threw him out of heaven. (Isaiah 14:13-14, Luke 10:18)
With his heart hardened against God, Satan determined to hurt God any way he could.
He’d already learned he couldn’t go after God physically. But he found an opportunity to hurt God in another way when he saw Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
He’d hurt who God loves. He’d hurt Adam and Eve.
Of course, he surely knew if he physically attacked them, God would just protect them. So he went after their minds instead — their God-given free will.
He’d tempt them to doubt God’s goodness and His right to rule in their lives. He’d turn them against God.
Satan tempted Adam and Eve to believe God was lying to them when He warned them not to eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because it would lead to their death. (Genesis 2:16-17, Genesis 3:4-5)
Adam and Eve swallowed Satan’s lie and rebelled against God. They said in their hearts, “God’s not the boss of me. I do as I please.” And they ate the fruit. (Genesis 3:6)
Their rebellion brought sin and death into the world. (Romans 5:12)
Sin, a heart that sets itself up as God. (James 1:13-15)
Death, separation from God, who is Life and the giver of Life. (2 Thessalonians 1:9)
To be clear, it wasn’t the fruit that led to sin and death. It was their rebelling against God and doing what he’d said not to do that brought in sin and death.
And, yes, “They started it.” But no doubt, we would’ve done the same thing.
As a result, man’s nature changed into a sinful nature and passed down to all generations. Bleh.
We’re all born with that sin nature, and we’re quick to choose it, too.
Every toddler loves to say, “No!” They didn’t have to be taught that.
It’s born in us through our sin nature to rebel against being ruled.
The worst part of all this is that because sin leads to death — separation from God — we’re all condemned to die and spend eternity apart from God in hell.
Hell is a place God created for Satan and his demons. (Matthew 25:41) They want no part of God, so God is giving them exactly what they want.
Anyone who rejects God’s offer of salvation will get exactly what they want, too. He won’t save them. Instead, they’ll be sent to the place where they will be forever apart from God.
Hell won’t be a kingdom ruled by Satan where anything goes. No, Satan won’t rule anything, for Satan will be just like them. Dying but never dead, suffering and never saved, forever apart from the Light and the Life. (Revelation 20:10)
That’s a problem. A grave problem.
Long before God ever created us, He knew we’d rebel. So, even before the beginning, He planned our salvation from sin through His Son, Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:4)
Jesus offers us a trade. His life for our sin. (Galatians 1:4)
Jesus came down to earth, lived a perfect life free of all sin, went to the cross, took our sins upon Himself, and died, paying the full penalty for all sin for all time. (Romans 6:23, Philippians 2:5-11, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
It is finished. (John 19:30)
Through Jesus Christ, everyone who trusts in Him receives forgiveness of their sin and eternal life with Him in heaven. (John 3:16) Not to mention abundant life on earth (John 10:10), which is not to say we won’t have problems. (John 16:33) We’ll have plenty of them, but God gives His Holy Spirit to all who trust in Christ to empower us to experience Christ’s presence, power, and peace even in the worst of times. (Ephesians 1:13)
Plus we’re given a new nature — a divine nature. (2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Peter 1:3-4)
Our sin nature will continue to poke up its head like an annoying — and at times, dangerous — snake, but our new nature has the power to defeat our sin nature every time. (I John 4:4, Romans 6:14)
Accept Christ’s Gift — Your Salvation & His Nature
We all are born with the problem of sin, but Christ has given us the answer — the free gift of salvation.
Now it’s simply a matter of accepting that free gift from Him. It doesn’t get any easier. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Except, that means admitting you’re a sinner in need of a Savior, and that’s not always easy. We don’t like to admit we’re sinners. We don’t like appear weak or in need of anything.
Don’t let pride or shame keep you from receiving salvation.
There’s no guilt, shame, or condemnation for anyone in Christ. (Romans 8:1)
He showers mercy and grace upon everyone who trusts in Him. (Hebrews 4:16)
Accept His free gift. Accept eternal life in Jesus Christ. (Romans 10:9-10)
There’s No Non-Choice Option
Choosing not to accept Christ’s salvation is choosing to reject His salvation and be separated from Him eternally.
There are only two choices: Christ and eternal life or Not Christ and eternal death. Christ is the only way to heaven. The only way to God. The only way to life. (John 14:6)
I know people who believe this is arrogant to say that Christ is the only way. But this is an example of the heart that sets itself up as God. It’s saying, “No one will tell me how to get to heaven. I’ll get there any way I want.”
There is only one God and only one way to be restored to Him. Jesus Christ.
If you choose not to choose, you’ve chosen to reject Jesus Christ and your salvation. You’ve chosen hell.
Believe, Confess, and Receive
Salvation is as simple as believing, asking, and receiving. (Romans 10:9-10)
Believe in your heart that you’re a sinner who needs a Savior. Believe Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died to pay for your sins, defeated sin and death on the cross for you, and rose back to life.
Confess Jesus Christ as Lord. Ask Him to come into your life and be both your Savior and your Lord.
Receive your free gift of salvation.
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
-Romans 10:9-10 NASB
Saved By Grace Through Faith Alone
“Praying the Prayer” isn’t what saves.
Anyone can say the words. They’re not magic.
It’s God’s grace through your faith that saves you — faith that what you’re saying is Truth, and Jesus really is everything He says He is, and He’s able to save you. That’s what saves you. Not some action. Not some magic words.
Christ saves by His grace through our faith in what He did on the cross.
We can’t earn our salvation. We’d have to be perfect, and we missed that before we were even born.
Trust in Christ’s finished work on the cross alone for your salvation, and you’ll be saved. Period.
It’s not Christ plus baptism (although baptism is an important next step in acknowledging your faith).
It’s not Christ plus anything. It’s faith in Christ alone.
At the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in your heart and adopts you into the Kingdom of God. You’re a child of God and co-heir with Christ. (Romans 8:15, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Romans 8:17)
And when your time on earth is through, you’ll walk right into heaven.(Luke 23:43) AMEN!
Choose Christ today. He loves you, and He’s calling you to salvation.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
-Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB
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(Mark 1:15, John 1:12-13, 6:40 and 17:6-8, Romans 5:8-10, 8:16-17 and 10:9-13, II Corinthians 5:21, 2 Peter 3:9)