Friday, October 8, 2010

The Plan to Salvation

Copied below is the definition of Born Again Christian, and two examples of what everyone can do to be a Saved, Born-Again Christian. These, and many more are freely available on the internet, Google simply for "How to be saved". I encourage everyone to follow these instructions and accept Jesus into your life, Today, Right Now. 

In Christianity, born again refers to a "spiritual rebirth" (regeneration) of the human person, contrasted with the physical first birth everyone experiences. The origin of the term "born again" is the New Testament: "Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again.' "[Jn 3:3 TNIV
[1] It is a term associated with salvation in Christianity.

Throughout most of Christian history, to be "born again" was understood as spiritual regeneration via the sacrament of baptism. This is still the understanding in Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. However, beginning with the Reformation, being born again[2] is predominantly understood by Protestants, Episcopalians and Lutherans are two notable exceptions to this understanding, to be an experience of conversion symbolized by water baptism, rooted in commitment to one's personal faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. A metaphorical rebirth occurs when a person accepts Jesus as the Messiah and receives the Holy Spirit. Within evangelical Protestantism, the term "born again" has come to be associated with a new concept, an experience of conversion, defined as mental assent to the acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.[3]

Is it possible for a person to know where they will spend eternity?  How can a person be sure that they will spend eternity with God, in Heaven? Listed below are some Bible verses with a brief explanation. You can open your Bible to the sixth book of the New Testament, called Romans, and read these verses right out of the Bible, God's Holy Word.

1. Every Person's Condition  "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."  Romans 3:23  

This explains that we are separated from God by sin. Notice the word sin is singular, it is not just he sins we have committed but the sinful heart, that causes us to commit these sinful acts, that keeps us from God.

2. Result Of Our Condition  "For the wages of sin is death..."  Romans 6:23a  

This is not just the physical death that we know everyone will eventually experience, but it refers to spiritual death. This is to be separated from God forever. Wages are received  for work done. What we receive for the sin we have done is spiritual death, forever separated from God. The wages of our sin is like a DEBT that we owe for our sin.

We have all heard about the LOVE of God. God does love us and has done something to show us that LOVE.

3.  Christ Paid Our Sin Debt  "But God commendeth (demonstrated) His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."  Romans 5:8

All people owe the debt for their sin but Jesus Christ, God's Son, died on the cross of calvary to pay our sin debt. He did this because He loves us.

4. God Offers Us Forgiveness Of Sin And Eternal Life As A Free Gift   "...But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  Romans 6:23b

God will do this because Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the debt of our sin. The person who gives a gift pays its price but the person receiving the gift gets it free. Jesus paid for our sin with His own blood shed on the cross so He can give you the free gift of eternal life.

Your choice is to receive God's free gift of forgiveness of sin and eternal life or you can pay your own sin debt. Remember the debt is spiritual death, which means, you will be forever separated from God and heaven.

5. How To Accept God's Free Gift  "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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."  Romans 10:9,10

To believe in thine heart means to trust God with your soul and life. To believe means more than to agree with your mind some facts of history about Jesus Christ.  Romans 10:13 says, "For whosoever (put your name here) shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."  There are two parts to this verse. God's part is to save, our part is to call (ask) God to forgive our sin and save us.

How about you? Do you believe that what these Bible verses say is true about you?  If you do --- will you put your faith, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead to pay for your sin debt?

If you want to be saved bow before God and pray. You can personalize this prayer and make it yours or pray in your own words expressing these thoughts.  "Lord, I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Christ died in my place, paying the debt of my sin; I am willing to turn from my sin; I ask you to forgive all of my sin. I invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Savior. I am willing, with God's help to follow and obey Jesus Christ. Amen"

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How to be saved is the most important quest of any human life. This quest begins when a man or woman first realizes their true state before a holy God.

The intimate and sweet fellowship that the Father longed for with man, the crown of His creation, was lost when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s commandment in the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned they lost their right to eat of the tree of life which would have enabled them to live forever. They were expelled from the garden and as such denied the loving relationship that God desired to have with them. Their sinful state made them unfit to linger in the presence of God. Far from being a minor event, this Fall and expulsion of man was the cataclysmic turning point of history and set humanity on a descent which continues to this day.

Man without God makes his own plans, follows his own counsels and lives by his own rules. Nevertheless, because man was created for fellowship with God, there remains a dissatisfaction and longing within man that can only be fulfilled by God Himself. As man is now hopelessly decadent and God is perfectly holy, there exists the need for God and man to be reconciled so that the fellowship may be restored.

How to be saved -- What has God provided for man’s salvation?

How to be saved has been outlined for every man in the preaching of the Gospel. The Gospel is the good news about Jesus Christ. “For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. . .” (2 Corinthians 5:19). God, fully knowing that man would fall, provided a means of reconciliation for man; He knew that there was nothing that a man could do to make mankind acceptable to God.

God sent Jesus Christ, who provided restoration for man with God by giving His own life, shedding His own blood. There was no other way to eradicate the effect of sin except by blood. “. . .Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins” (Hebrews 9:22). This shedding of blood indicated that the penalty for sin had been paid; a life had been sacrificed for the lives of all who have sinned. Jesus Christ’s willing submission to the massacre on the cross paid the price for our sins and affected the means of reconciliation. “Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God's sight” (Romans 5:19).

How to be saved -- What must a man do to be saved?

How to be saved is within the reach of every human being on the face of the earth. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He provided salvation for all. “‘And when I am lifted up on the cross, I will draw everyone to myself.’ He said this to indicate how he was going to die” (John 12:32-33). Salvation has been provided; it now must be accepted. Once a man or woman recognizes the need for salvation and realizes that God has provided for their salvation through Jesus Christ, he or she must go on to embrace it.

Salvation is simply a process of confessing and believing. A man must confess that Jesus is Lord, which signifies his realization that Christ must have full rule over his life with all of His righteous requirements. This confession of Christ as Lord also assumes that it is Christ who will work and fulfill His own righteousness within man.

Next, he must believe that God has raised Jesus Christ from the dead. This belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus carries with it the realization that the penalty has been paid for sin and power is provided for man to live a life free from sin. Thus man’s relationship to God is restored. “For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Bible tells us, “For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved” (Romans 10:9-11). Do you feel unworthy to “go to heaven”? Peace with God is within your reach.

Do you understand that you are a sinner, and you believe that Jesus Christ came as the one and only Redeemer of sin? Are you ready to receive God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ? If so, believe in Christ, repent of your sins, and commit the rest of your life to Him as Lord:

“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”

"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)

If you decided receive Jesus today, welcome to God's family. Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
  • Get baptized as commanded by Christ.
  • Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
  • Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
  • Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
  • Find a local church where you can worship God
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