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 says in order to go to Heaven, you
must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus,
"Ye must be born again."
In the Bible God gives us the plan of
how to be born again, which means to be saved. His plan is
simple! 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 of sin
is death" (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal
separation from God in Hell. "...it
is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment"
But 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
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" (Hebrews 9:22).
"...God commendeth His love toward
us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for
us" (Romans 5:8).
Although we cannot understand how, God
said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and
He died in our place. He became our substitute.
It is true. God cannot lie.
all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30).
This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with
God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus
did for us on the Cross.
In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer
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...' "
Simply believe on Him as the one who
bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom
God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures
that the 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"
shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Whosoever includes you. Shall
be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall
Surely, you realize you are a sinner.
Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to
God in prayer.
In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: "God
be merciful to me a sinner."
Just pray: "Oh God, I know
I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died
on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and
resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior.
I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation
and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen."
Just take God at His word and claim
His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved.
No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember,
God does the saving. All of it!
God's simple plan of salvation is:
You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus
Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If
you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior,
you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift
of eternal salvation by faith.
You say, "Surely, it cannot be that
simple." Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. It is God's
plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior
Your soul is worth more than all the world.
"For what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?"
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 three
things to practice daily for spiritual growth:
Pray -- you talk to God.
Read your Bible -- God talks to you.
Witness -- you talk for God.
You should be baptized in obedience
to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your
salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church
thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord...."
(2 Timothy 1:8)
therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess
also before My Father which is in heaven" (Matthew