God's Plan of Salvation in Jesus
This is the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?
God's Word (commonly called, The Bible) says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus (a man who was, at the time, a high ranking religious official), "Ye must be born again."
In the Bible, God gives us His plan for how to be born again This new birth provides the salvation you need. You can be saved today. How?
First, you must realize you are a sinner. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. "For the wages [payment] of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). This death includes eternal separation from God in Hell.
This death is otherwise, unavoidable: " . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).
However, God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. " . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus had to shed His blood and die. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Lev. 17:11). " . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]" (Hebrews 9:22).
" . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
While we may not understand how or why, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. Jesus did became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.
And now, "God . . . commandeth all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30). Repentance is a change of mind to agree with God that you are a sinner, and also agree with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.
In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer while holding them in prison for preaching this message asked Paul and Silas: " . . . 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' And they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . . .' " The jailer had witnessed the power of God's Salvation in Paul and Silas' lives and you can see this power, too.
Simply believe on Jesus as the one who bore your sin, and died in your place, that He was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection assures that a believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John 1:12).
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13).
Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.
Right now, wherever you are, repent, lift your heart to God in prayer.
In Luke 18:13, the sinful man prayed: "God be merciful to me a sinner." Just pray: "Oh Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You became my substitutewhen You died on the Cross. I believe Your shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now ask you to be my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your mercy grace. Amen."
Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no social group, not even good works can provide salvation to you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!
Surely, it cannot be that easy. But for you, yes, it is! It is scriptural. It is God's plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.
If His plan is not perfectly clear, re-read over and over until you understand it, look back through the Bible verses above or get a copy of the Bible available in print from your local Gideon's Bible distributors www.gideons.org or online at www.biblegateway.com, or even Project Guttenberg Your soul is worth more than all the world, and is worth the time to come to know God's Plan for Salvation.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36).
Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.
God's power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God's promises. They never change. After
you are saved, there are some things you should practice daily to promote your spiritual growth:
- Pray -- you talk to God.
- Read your Bible -- God talks to you.
- Witness -- Share this message about God's Plan for Salvation with others.
You should also be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church like Morgantown Baptist Church without delay. "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord . . . ." (2 Timothy 1:8)
"Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 10:32).