Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Knowing Christ as Your Personal Lord and Savior

If you died today, where would you spend eternity?

You can know the answer for SURE.

1) Realize that none are good! This is not your fault, we inherited the sin nature from Adam.
Romans 3.10 "As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one."

2) Why are none righteous (good)?
Romans 3.23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

3) What is the problem with sin? It separates us from God.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

4) God knew that we could not live good enough to be righteous in God's sight. The bible says that there was never a law given whereby we could be saved. Because of this, God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to come and live a perfect life and then to die on Calvary for our sins. Christ paid our wages for sin, He suffered Death and Hell for us! What Great Love God had for us while we were still his enemies.

Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.


John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

5) Our sin has been paid for by Christ . . .
but we do not automatically receive that payment, we must sincerely ask for it.
Romans 10.13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved."

6) Asking (or "calling") for the Payment is actually
taking God at His Word and claiming His SURE promise ("shall be saved") for salvation. If you feel the burden of your sin, bow your head now, right where you are, and sincerely "call" on Jesus Christ:

You need to pray in your own words asking God to forgive you of your sins.

A sample prayer that could be prayed might go like this:

Dear Lord,
I am not going to trust myself and my good works to save me.

I am trusting in Jesus Christ alone by faith and I am asking Him

to come and forgive me of all sin. I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, sent to Earth to die for my sins.

I repent of my sin and ask that you will forgive me through your

only Son, Jesus Christ. In Christ alone I seek forgiveness.

I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

6) If you understood that you were a lost sinner and had no hope of coming to God in your own power, you were drawn by the Holy Spirit to come to God for salvation, you have repented of your sins and prayed to God and asked for forgiveness, by the authority of God's Word, you are saved and will go to heaven when you die.

The bible says there are 2 ways that we can KNOW that we are saved. First, God's Spirit, the Holy Spirit, bears witness with our Spirit that we are His child.

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.


Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

1 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1 John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
1 John 5:13 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, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Note that the word KNOW is present tense. We don't have to wait to know if we are saved eternally. We can know right now. If you have peace between yourself and God, you can know that God has saved you from your sins. And nothing and no one can separate us from the love of God. You can never LOSE your salvation. Christ died for ALL sin, past, present, and future. You are saved by Grace through FAITH in Jesus Christ and His words and promises as told in the Bible. Never will your works remove you from your eternal salvation. Faith is acted out through works, which is entirely different, but WORKS do not get you into heaven.

Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10.11 "for the Scripture saith, whosever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed."

If you asked Jesus to come into your heart today, write and let me know. I would love to email you to talk with you and hear your story! I would also be happy to help you find a Bible believing church. I rejoice in your decision to accept Christ as your Personal Lord and Savior. This was the most important decision of your life. If you are still confused and need help, write and I will try to answer any questions you might have or be able to direct you to someone who will know how to answer your questions better than I can!

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