Salvation

steps-to-peace-with-godStep 1 – Gods’s Purpose : Peace and Life.

God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life, abundant and eternal.

The Bible says… Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ – Romans 5:1

For God so loved the world that he gave one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life -John 3:16

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly – John 10:10

Why don’t most people have this peace and abundant life that God has planned for us ?

separation-from-godStep 2 – The Problem, Our separation from God.

In Genesis Chapter 2, God created Man and Woman. God told Adam and Eve to live in the Garden and gave them permission to eat the fruit of all the trees in the garden. God warned them NOT to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Genesis 2:16-17 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. the fall of man

But the Serpent deceived Adam and Eve into disobeying God’s Word and they ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The result was Mankind became separated from God and experienced spiritual death.

Genesis 3:23-24 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us to be robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a free will and choice. But we since we were born into this word spiritual dead, and are separated from God, We choose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We can still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.

The Bible says … For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord – Romans 6:23

only-one-bridge-reaches-godOur attempts to reach God are in vain.

People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God.

The Bible says… There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. – Proverbs 14:12

But your inequities have separated you from your God, your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. – Isaiah 59:2

God provided his Son Jesus as a Sacrificial lamb

Step 3 – God’s Bridge to Man – The Cross of Jesus Christ.

gods-bridgeJesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.

The Bible says…For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. – 1 Timothy 2:5

1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ died for our sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

How to become a Christian ?

salvationStep 3 – Our Response – Receive Jesus Christ.

While on the earth Jesus told a Pharisee named Nicodemus that people cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless they are Born Again.

John 3:3 – Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” A confused Nicodemus didn’t understand what Jesus what talking about so he asked Jesus for clarification.

John 3:4 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?

Jesus then gave Nicodemus a crystal clear answer in the infamous John 3:16 passage of scripture.

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive him by personal invitation.

jesus_new_robe_manThe Bible says…Here i am, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

John 1:12 – Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Will you receive Jesus Christ right now? Here is how you can receive Christ:

1. Admit your need. ( I am a sinner)

2. Be willing to turn from sin. ( repent )

3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.

4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come into your heart and control your life through the Holy Spirit. ( Receive him as Lord and Savior)

How to Pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord Jesus, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, the Bible says…

Romans 10:13 – Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.

1 John 5:12-13He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life,and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

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