Salvation ... The Starting Point
Salvation is the act of being saved. “Being Saved” is a term synoptic with terms like “Being Born Again” or “Excepting the Lord as your Savior”. Some people simply refer to it as “Receiving Christ”. Regardless of the terminology, salvation is the first genuine act or experience that starts a person’s Christian walk.
Here are the three critical aspects of Salvation:
1) Acknowledge your Natural Condition – We are all born sinners. Adam decided a long time ago, to sin against God, and the Bible says that for as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners (Rom 5:19a). You are a sinner, because you come from sinners (your parents). Not only that, but at some point, you started purposefully sinning, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Rom 3:23). You cannot make it to Heaven or satisfy God with your good works, because As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (Rom 3:10). The bible goes on to say that but we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Isa 64:6). And get this, it also says: every man at his best state is altogether vanity (Psalm 39:5). The best you can do, is vain (which means unsuccessful, ineffective, futile, or useless) in justifying God and getting to heaven. That is the bad news, but there is also good news, which leads us to aspect number two.
2) Accept God’s Necessary Compassion - While we cannot do anything about our sin nature, there is something we can do regarding our eternal destiny. God says that, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die (Ezk 18:4). God is our maker and creator, and eventually we will all die, because the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23a). But the good news is that God, is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet 3:9). That is why he sent his Son Jesus Christ: to pay for our sins. The bible says that he came to be the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29). He was perfect, and unlike you and I, he was without sin (Heb 4:15). Yet he still died. But in doing so, he became a sacrifice for us by becoming sin for us , who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2 Cor 5:21). He died, not for his own sin, but for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2). So what do you need to do in this process? I’m glad you asked, on to aspect number three.
3) Admit a Needed Confession – All you need to do is simply call upon him, admit your condition, and ask him to save you. The Bible says that for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom 10:13 ). It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, red, male, female, old, young, pretty, ugly, rich, poor, middle-class, fat or skinny. As long as you are “a whosoever”, you can be saved. How do you call upon him? You simply bow your head, pray to him, and ask him. The Bible says 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. (Rom 10:9-10). That is what I did on May 28th, 2001, on a plane heading for Baltimore. I admitted to God, I was a sinner, that my sin was taking me to Hell, and that I believed he could save me through the sacrifice he made on Calvary and rising three days later. I asked him to save me, and give me eternal life. The Bible says that 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). So while death may still come because of my sin, I now know that I will go to Heaven when I die, because while the wages of sin is death; the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 6:23).
I heard an old preach explain it this way: Born once, die twice (once physically and once spiritually [Rev 20:14 and 21:8]). Born twice, die once (physically). I’ll still hit the grave one day, but now as a Christian, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8). Our hope is that you too, will join me in heaven. You can be saved, right where you are, by simply bowing your head, and saying a prayer like the following:
God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I have sinned against you, and have offended you with my sins. I am sorry. I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins, was buried, and rose three days later according to the scriptures. I am asking you now, the best way I can, to please save me and give me eternal life.
It is our prayer that you would act upon this today. If you have never received Christ as your personal savior. Don’t delay…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2).
If you have any questions regarding salvation or anything else, please feel free to contact us. If you accepted Christ as your savior, please let us know: We would like to start praying for you.
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