Jesus took the penalty for our sin when He died on the Cross. He was without sin, so His death on the Cross made Him our substitute and the perfect sacrifice. Only His blood was pure and sinless, so only His blood can wash away our sins. He died and was buried in a tomb, but on the third day God raised Him from the dead! All power has been given into His hands and He is more than able to save you. There is no other way to salvation. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father (God) but by Me (John 14:6).” Some people think a personal relationship with God is something only theologians can comprehend. Actually, God’s plan of salvation is simple enough for everyone to understand.
The ABC of Salvation:
Admit to God that you are a sinner. Every single one of us needs salvation. Each of us has a problem, and the Bible calls this problem sin. Everyone is guilty of sin, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23). Since none of us is perfect, all of us are sinners (Romans 3:10-18).
The result of sin is spiritual death (Romans 6:23). Spiritual death means eternal separation from God. By God’s perfect law we are guilty of sin and therefore are subject to the punishment for our sins, which is separation from God. Admitting that you are a sinner that is separated from God is the first step of repentance, which is turning from sin and self and turning toward God.
Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin. God loves each of us. God offers each of us salvation. Although we have done nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to save us. In the death of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person. Tell your pastor or a Christian friend about your decision. Following Christ’s example, ask to be baptised in water by immersion, as a public expression of your faith. “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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10).
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Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version, copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.