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Salvation- How to Accept Jesus Christ as Saviour


Introduction.

Without a doubt the most important question of our lives is where we will spend eternity. That is when you die will you go to Heaven or Hell. Simply put if you were to die right now are you 100% sure that you would go to heaven? If you can't honestly answer yes to this question then you need to read on. If you can honestly answer yes, make sure you can do so based on the truth of God's word. If you are counting on having been baptized or being a member of a Church then you are not going to Heaven but to Hell.

Romans 3:10-12 (KJV)
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 If you are counting on your good works to get you to Heaven then you not going to Heaven but to Hell.

Romans 5:12 (KJV) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

So to be 100% sure that you would go to heaven read on.

 

Do you think you are a good person?

Most people will answer this question, yes. This because they are answering it from man's perspective and not God's perspective. When asked this question most people think that because they are not a murderer, bank robber or something like that; that they must be a good person. However the Bible says otherwise.

Matthew 19:17a (KJV) And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God:

This was how Jesus answered a man that call him, "Good Master." Jesus asks him why he called Him good when only God is truly good. Now being God in the flesh, Jesus would was and is truly good. The point Jesus was making is that no mere man is truly good.

The reason the for this difference it that Man judges based on outward actions, while God  judges based on the thoughts and intents of man's heart and from that perspective non of us are good people.

1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV) ...for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

 

How are you doing by the 10 commandments?

If you still think you are good person, let's see how well your "goodness" stacks up to the 10 commandments. Now while, it is true that we can not be saved by keeping the 10 commandments they do show us sin.

Galatians 2:16 (KJV) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Romans 3:20 (KJV) Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Before we look at the 10 commandments it needs to be noted that it only takes braking one of these laws to be guilty. For example if you rob a bank it matters not that you are not guilty of murder, or any other law, you are still guilty of violating the law and you should go to jail. The same thing goes for God's law brake one and you are guilty of violating the law and you deserve the punishment there of.

James 2:10 (KJV) For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Romans 6:23a (KJV) For the wages of sin is death;
Revelation 20:14 (KJV) And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

So if we transgress just one of God's law we are guilty and deserve the punishment which is eternal death in the lake of fire. So lets look at just five of the 10 Commandments that is just half of them and see how you are doing.

Deuteronomy 5:11 (KJV) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Taking the name of the God in vain includes using it a swear word. Have you ever used God or Jesus as swear word even just once? If you are honest with yourself you will probably have to say yes. Well this is called Blasphemy and it is a violation of this commandment.

Deuteronomy 5:17 (KJV) Thou shalt not kill.

At this point you are probably thinking that you are not guilty of this one after all you have probably never physically murdered some one, but what about in your thoughts.

1 John 3:15 (KJV) Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

This shows that God equates hating someone to murder, that is because when you hate someone you usually want them dead. So have you ever hated any one, if so God sees you as murderer.

Deuteronomy 5:18 (KJV) Neither shalt thou commit adultery.

Now before you go saying that you are not guilty of this one because you have never cheated on your husband or wife and you have never even dated some else's  husband or wife. OK, but have you ever looked with lust at a person you were not married too?

Matthew 5:28 (KJV) But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

So, you can see that looking with lust at some one other than your husband or wife is committing adultery in your heart, making you just as guilty as some who has committed the physical act of adultery. So have you ever looked with lust at someone other than your husband or wife? If you are honest you have to answer yes and God sees you has an adulterer. If you can honestly answer this question no, and you are above the age of 13 you may want to get medical exam because you probably have a physical problem.

Deuteronomy 5:19 (KJV) Neither shalt thou steal.

So have you ever taken anything that dies not belong to you without the permission of the owner, then you have indeed stolen. You do not need to rob a bank to be guilty of stealing. It could be something as little as deliberately taking a paper clip from work. If you are honest with yourself, you have to admit that at some point you have stolen something even if it was small. So in God's eyes you are a thief.

Deuteronomy 5:20 (KJV) Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.

So have you ever lied? Come on be honest with yourself, we have all lied from time to time even without meaning too. So if you have ever lied that makes you a liar.

Now be honest with yourself about how many of the five of 10 Commandments listed above you have broken and remember there are five more out there that you probably have broken as well

 

If God Were to Judged You Then Where do you think  you would go?

Now if you were honest with yourself you would have to admit that  you are a blasphemes, lying, thieving, adulterous, murderer or something similar. So based on this if God were to judge you for your sin right now do you think you would be innocent or guilty? Clearly you would be guilty and condemned to hell.

Revelation 21:8 (KJV) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

There is No Way for You to Save Yourself

Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The simple fact is that that we have all sinned and are all guilty before God.

Romans 3:20 (KJV) Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Because we have all sinned there is nothing we can do to save ourselves since even if we could start obeying ALL of the law it would not help so we can do nothing to save ourselves. But the law does show us what sin is, so that we can see that we have indeed sinned.

 

Jesus Paid the price for your sin.

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

As God in the flesh He never sinned and so he was able to pay the penalty for our sin by of his death on cross shedding His blood for our sin. It was the confirmed three days later by Jesus raising from dead. This was the only way that God could redeem us while maintaining justice.

Romans 6:23 (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 Through the death, burial and resurrection Jesus Christ paying for our sin,  God offers eternal life with him as a free gift.

 

Repent of your sin.

Acts 20:21 (KJV) Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 2:4 (KJV) Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

You need to repent of your sin. This involves turning away from your sin and turning towards Jesus realizing that you can not save your self.

Repentance does not mean you have to clean up your life before you can be saved God will do that for you once you are saved.

 

Believe on Jesus and put your faith in Him to save you from your sin.

Romans 3:22 (KJV) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Romans 3:26-28 (KJV)
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Romans 10:9 (KJV) 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.

To accept God's gift of eternal life you need to believe on Jesus and put your faith in Him to save you from your sin. This includes believing that Jesus is God in the flesh and that He died on the cross for the payment of your sin and that He rose dead.

 

Ask Jesus to save you.

Romans 4:24-25 (KJV)
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Romans 5:1 (KJV) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

God has promised to saves by faith in Jesus and His death, burial and resurrection

Romans 10:10 (KJV) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

So if you believe in your heart that Jesus is God in the flesh as the son of God, and that He died on the cross for the payment of your sin and that he rose dead then you repent of your sin, putting your in faith in Jesus to save you from your sin then is it is a simple matter of praying and asking Him save you. The exact words are not important, the prayer is not a magical incantation or any thing like that, you are simply calling on Jesus to save you.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (KJV) (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

If you sincerely believe that Jesus is God in the flesh and that He died on the cross for the payment of your sin and that he rose from the dead and you repent of your sin in faith in Jesus to save you from your sin, then now is the time to ask Jesus to save you. Please do so now.

 

Having assurance of your salvation.

If someone is genuinely saved there should be indications of their new life in Christ.  Not all of these are clearly evident  immediately following salvation but when someone is  genuinely saved the Lord will work in your life to bring about changes in your life.

1 John 5:11-13 (KJV)
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
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.

If you have believed on and accepted Jesus Christ as your saviour as described above then you have the Son and thus you have eternal life.

1 John 3:14 (KJV) We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Someone who is genuinely saved will love fellow believers in Jesus. This not a sensual love but a selfless caring for other Christians.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

If someone is genuinely saved there will be a noticeable change in their life. The way they look at sin will change and over time God will work in their life remove sins they have been involved in. Some times God  will remove some sins from a new Christian immediately but other times it will be a process as with God's help you learn that certain things are sinful and remove them from your life.

If this changed life is absent and continues to be absent then the person is probably not really saved. Someone who is genuinely saved and continues to live in sin with no effort to change and will be dealt with by the Lord  bringing trouble into their life to get their attention. If this is absent, then the person is probably not saved.

However one of the strongest indications of  genuine salvation is this change in the person's life. Not only will there be a change in how you see sin but over time someone who is genuinely saved will want to please the God and do his will. It will also include a love for God's word the Bible.

 

Where to go from here.

Having accepted Jesus Christ you should start reading the Bible regularly because it will help you grow in your relationship to Jesus Christ. If you do not have one get your self a King James Bible. I recommend that you stay away from modern translations because put simply, they are junk.

Free downloadable King James Bible
PDF copy of the King James Bible
MP3 audio reading of the King James Bible

 Kindle copy the King James Bible
for the Kindle (99 cents)

The King James Bible for the Kindle

 Eventually it is a good idea to get a printed copy of  the King James Bible,
Two good sources for reasonably priced King James Bibles

Bearing Precious Seed
King James Bible Publishers

 In ready the Bible as a new Christian is good to start with the Gospel of John.

You should also find some good preaching. It needs to be noted that you never follow any preacher blindly but check what he says against the word of God, that is the Bible. I recommend the following:

Blessed Assurance Ministries

King James Video Ministries

It is also important for your growth as a Christian to spend time in prayer. Prayer is more than asking God for things it a major part of a Christian's fellowship with and worship of God. Prayer is one area you tend to grow with over time as a Christian but as communication is an important part of any relationship prayer is an important part of a Christian's relationship with God.

 

What to do when you sin.

Now sooner or later, after accepting Jesus as your saviour you will sin. Now while you will not loose your salvation it does adversely affect your relationship with God.  So what you should you do to restore your fellowship with God?

1 John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

So if you sin  after accepting Jesus as your saviour. Repentantly confess that sin to God. There is no need to go to a priest or other minister just God. However if your sin was against another human being you will need to make it right with that person, particularly if  that person is a fellow Christian.

 

Conclusion.

There is no more important decision than what you will do with Jesus and the free gift of salvation that He purchased for man kind by shedding his blood on the cross and raising again from the dead, your eternal destiny depends on it. If you have already accepted Jesus then welcome to the God's family. If not what are you a waiting for?

2 Corinthians 6:2 (KJV) (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Now is the time to come to Jesus in faith and accept God's free gift of salvation. You may not get another chance because you never know when death will come. Don't put it off another moment.


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