The Salvation Message
Why do we need Salvation?
It started with Adam and Eve where God had a perfect relationship established with mankind and then "sin" broke that relationship and caused them to be banished from the Garden and live a life subject to the sinful flesh from that time on. Because of this all are born into sin
Romans 3:23" For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God "
The result of sin is Spiritual death
Romans 6:23" For the wages of sin is death "
Because man was born into sin and there has to be a price to cover that sin, and according to God',s requirements "blood" is the only acceptable price.
Hebrews 9:22" without shedding of blood is no remission (forgiveness)."
God had a plan from the beginning of time to restore that lost relationship and it was through the perfect sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.
John 3:16-17" For God so loved the (whole) world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever (anyone) believes in Him should not perish (die spiritually), but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."
Romans 3:24-25" Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Whom God hath set forth to be an atonement (sacrifice) through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins "
Romans 6:23" For the wages of sin is (Spiritual) death, but the gift of God is eternal (Spiritual) life through Jesus Christ, our Lord. "
2 Corinthians 5:18-21" And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ ( God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them ( For he hath made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. "
Jesus explained that there is a specific action to be done to obtain "Salvation" in the following scriptures;
John 3:3,5-7" …except a man be ' born again ', he cannot see the kingdom of God. …except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. " Ye must be born again. "
So how is a person " Born Again " ?
John 1:12" But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on His name. "
Revelation 3:20" Behold I (Jesus) stand at the door (your heart) and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will commune with him and he with me. "
Romans 10:9-10,13" That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For anyone who shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. "
Being " Born Again " comes by first recognizing that I am a sinner, believing that Jesus', blood covers those sins, confess my sins to Jesus, and inviting Jesus into your heart to reign and rule from that point on. It is not by anything that we can, or have done as scripture states;
Ephesians 2:8-9" For by grace are you saved through faith; and not of yourself (or anything you did or have done), it is the gift of God. Not of works so no man can boast. "
Titus 3:5" Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us "
Isaiah 64:6" We are all as an unclean thing and all our righteousness is as a filthy rag. "
So what about all the other beliefs and religions?
John 14:6" Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. "
John 10:1 & 7" Truly, I say to you, He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs in some other way, that person is a thief and a robber.
Then Jesus said to them, Truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. "
Acts 4:12" There is salvation in no other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which you must be saved. "
God made it easy because He does not want to see anyone go to hell. That is also why He is seemingly taking so long to return, because He is waiting for us to spread the Gospel to as many as possible;
2 Peter 3:9" The Lord is not slack (lax) concerning his promise, as some would think, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance."
Being Born-Again is the only way to enter heaven and it comes by giving Jesus control over your life. If you have not done that, today is the time to do it, NOW is the time. Don't wait because that is exactly what the devil wants you to do. The longer you put it off the easier it is for him to convince you that you don't need it. You already belong to the devil whether you realize it or not, until you give Jesus your life, you are his. Change ownership today and ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life. It is not hard just ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and believe that the scriptures above are true and ask Jesus to take control of your life from this point forward. Then the most important next step: set time aside each day for prayer and reading the Word, and pray that God will send someone to disciple you. If you have done this please let me know. God bless you, In Christ, Adam