Please read and understand why YOU need to make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior.
Q: Why do I need salvation?
A: Because we are all sinners. The Bible says,
“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Q: Why are we all sinners?
A: For one, we have all told a lie and thereby broken one of God’s commandments. The Bible says,
“Thou shalt not bear false witness (lie)” (Exodus 20:16).
If you break one commandment, you’ve broken them all. Secondly, the sin of Adam, the first man, has been passed down to us. The Bible says,
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).
Q: But I’m a pretty good person. Won’t being a good person and doing good deeds get me into heaven?
A: No. The Bible says,
“There is none good; no not one” (Romans 3:23).
The Bible also says,
“Therefore by the deeds of the law (good works) there shall no flesh be justified (declared righteous)” (Romans 3:20).
Scripture also says,
“For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
God doesn’t want anyone bragging that he’s going to heaven by his own efforts. Jesus already did the work to get us into heaven. We just need to believe in Him. In case you still think you can make it on your own, because you have been a “pretty good person,” the Bible says,
“Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe” (Galatians 3:22).
“For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all.” (Romans 11:32).
This means that God the Father has labeled every one of us a sinner so that we have to go through Jesus Christ.
Q: But I already believe in God. Isn’t that enough?
A: No. The Bible says that even the demons believe, but they are not going to heaven, because even though they believe in God (because they’ve seen Him), they won’t worship Him or willingly obey Him. Jesus said,
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Merely believing in God is not enough, for the Bible says,
“Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father” (1 John 2:23).
So, if one believes he can make it into Heaven without going through the Lord Jesus, he is only deceiving himself. If we want to go to Heaven and escape God’s judgment, we must come to Him through Jesus Christ. There is no other way.
Q: You say that Ephesians 2:8-9 says we are saved by faith; faith in what?
A: Faith that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross was sufficient payment for our sins. The Bible says,
“God hath set forth (Jesus) to be a propitiation (a substitute suitable to satisfy God’s righteousness) through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins“ (Romans 3:25).
Q: Why did Jesus have to shed His blood?
A: Because the only way God will forgive sins is with the shedding of blood. The Bible says,
“Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission (forgiveness)” (Hebrews 9:22).
Q: OK. I now understand that Jesus had to shed His blood to pay for my sins. But why did Jesus have to die?
A: Because the Bible says the penalty for sin is death:
“The wages of sin is death…”(Romans 6:23).
Q: Why did it have to be Jesus?
A: Because Jesus is:
1. a Man
It had to be a man, because through his disobedience, Adam, the first man, caused sin to enter the world. The Bible says:
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world…” (Romans 5:12).
Since sin was caused by a man, it had to be redeemed (paid for) by a Man. This was the only way to satisfy God’s sense of justice. Remember how God said, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth?” Well, a man for a man:
“For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one [Man], Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17).
“Therefore as by the offence of one [man] judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [Man] the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life” (Romans 5:18).
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one [Man], shall many be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). [Brackets mine.]
Now, the man had to be sinless because, in the same way a penniless person cannot pay another person’s debt, a sinful person cannot pay for another person’s sin. Neither can we pay for our own sin, nor any other man for our sin, because the Bible says,
“There is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).
So, no ordinary man could pay for our sins, because every man has sinned—every man, that is, except Jesus. He was the only person who never sinned. The Bible says,
“But He (Jesus) was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
“…And in Him (Jesus) is no sin” (1 John 3:5).
“For He (God the Father) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
So, because Jesus was a man, was sinless, and shed His blood and died for our sins, His sacrifice satisfied God’s requirement. In other words, Jesus took our place and paid for our sins with His own blood.
Jesus never sinned, because He is Righteous and Holy; and through His sacrifice, His righteousness and holiness have been applied to us. We will, therefore, not incur the penalty for sin, which is temporary torment in Hell (the first death) and, after the Judgment, eternal torment in the Lake of Fire (the second death). This is what is known as Salvation. That is why God says that if we accept Jesus’ sacrifice, He “will remember [our] sins no more” (Hebrews 10:17).
Q: So, in order to be saved, I need to believe that I am a sinner, believe that Jesus died and shed His blood for my sins, and believe that this is enough to save me?
Q: What if I don’t accept Jesus’ sacrifice as my means of salvation?
A: Then your final destination will be the Lake of Fire, where you will burn for all eternity (Revelation 20:15). There is no other means of salvation. Jesus is the only way (John 14:6).
Q: I understand. Is there anything else?
A: Yes. Once you acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you can only be saved by believing Jesus’ blood was sufficient payment for your sins, you need to:
1. Repent and
2. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins.
Some have made repentance some great mystery, but it’s actually pretty simple. Repentance just means turning our backs on our sins and turning our faces towards God. Think about it. When we are living in sin, we turn our faces towards Satan and we turn our backs on God. When we repent, however, we give Satan our back and we turn our faces towards God.
The first words that both John the Baptist and Jesus Christ said when they started preaching was “Repent!” (Matthew 3:2, 4:17). When we repent, we acknowledge in our heart that we’ve done wrong and we resolve to turn from our evil ways and live as God intends. Repentance happens in the heart. When we repent, we acknowledge that we have sinned against a Holy God and we decide that we don’t want to live like that anymore.
After repenting we must ask God for forgiveness. This is just asking the Lord Jesus to forgive us for our sins, knowing that if we are truly sorry for our sins and ask for forgiveness, Jesus will forgive us and wash all our sins away. The Bible says,
“If we confess our sins (to God—NOT to man), He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Notice that the passage says all. There is no sin so bad that Jesus won’t forgive it. You might think it is the worst thing in the world, but God has seen a lot worse. As long as you ask for forgiveness—and mean it—Jesus will forgive you. Murderers, kidnappers, idolaters, prostitutes, adulterers, homosexuals, drug addicts, child abusers, witches, Satanists–the list goes on and on. All have asked for forgiveness, and Jesus has forgiven them all. And the Bible says that once God forgives us, He will never remember our sins again (Hebrews 10:17). What a blessing! God is not like us, and, boy, am I grateful.
So, if you’re ready to ask the Lord Jesus for forgiveness, just ask Him from your heart to forgive your sins and to be your Lord and Savior. There is no set prayer. As long as you mean it, God will accept it. The Bible says:
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).
In laymen’s terms, this means that since we don’t always say what we mean, the Holy Spirit translates our prayers to God. He understands what’s in our hearts, and that’s what’s important. So tell God that you know you are a sinner and that you are sorry for having sinned against him. Tell Him that you need forgiveness and that you know that Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His blood for your sins. Then ask Jesus to become your Lord and Savior, which means that He calls the shots from now on. And if you meant it, then you have just begun a wonderful new life with Jesus. You are saved!
Now, thank Jesus for forgiving you and know in your heart that you are forgiven. Heaven is now your inheritance. The Bible says,
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
If you believe that Jesus is Lord, and you have asked Him to be your Lord and Savior, then YOU ARE SAVED.
1. Get yourself a King James Bible and read it every day to get to know Jesus better. Start with the Book of Matthew.
NOTE: Some people have a problem with me recommending the King James Bible. But, for good reason, I personally believe the King James to be the Word of God. In many key areas of doctrine, the other Bible versions disagree with the King James, which is why I have a problem with them. If you, however, prefer to use another Bible version, then by all means do. I would recommend, however, that you not consider them all the Word of God, because they don’t all agree. If God were the author of those versions, then they would all agree perfectly.
2. Talk to Jesus every day. This is called prayer. You should pray at least once a day, whenever it is convenient for you. Thank Him for protecting you during the night and for waking you up in the morning, and ask Him to help you to resist temptation and make it through the day. Make time for Him. Talk to Him just like you would talk to someone you trust. Only know that Jesus is more than a trusted friend. He is the Creator of the universe, and He has the power to do whatever He wants. At night, thank Him for bringing you through the day and for feeding, clothing, and sheltering you. Ask Him to watch over you while you sleep.
3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority. If you are a Roman Catholic who was baptized as an infant, please read this post on the significance of baptism, so you will know why your baptism was unscriptural.
4. Tell others about Jesus Christ.
There’s one more thing: Three days after Jesus died, He rose again, and later ascended up to heaven. Jesus is coming back to take all believers to heaven with Him. This is the day we are all waiting for. You should too!
May God richly bless you as you walk with Him. Welcome to the family!
The Still Man