Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Plan of Salvation
The most important matter that one will ever consider is the question of their relationship to God and their eternal destiny. Man has an immortal soul that will exist forever in one of two places -- either in heaven or in hell.THE BIBLE PROMISES THAT WE CAN KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN.In 1 John 5:13 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, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” God wants us to have the assurance that we belong to Him, that we are saved, and that heaven will one day be our home. But how can we know? What does the Bible say?WE MUST REALIZE THAT WE ARE SINNERS AND THEREFORE SPIRITUALLY LOST.Consider these verses of Scripture. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) The thing that makes us spiritually lost, and thus separated from God is our sin. (Isaiah 59:2) "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." Yes, everyone including you has sinned. "There is none righteous, no, not one." (Romans 3:10)Not only is every human a sinner by nature, we are also incapable of saving ourselves. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us." (Titus 3:5) No matter how hard we try to do good, we are still sinners.Before a person can be saved, they must first be faced with the thing that separates us from Holy God. It is our sin. We are guilty before God and He requires us to repent to Him of our pride and disobedience. We have all broken God’s perfect law and thus are undeserving of entrance into His holy heaven. Sin is not a minor thing to God, it is a major thing and must be addressed honestly and humbly. Jesus said “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3) The Bible says in Acts 17:30, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:.” The way of salvation is, “…repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21) Are you willing to turn to God in repentance and ask for His mercy in salvation?JESUS, THROUGH HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS AND RESURRECTION, HAS PROVIDED FOR OUR SALVATION."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 3:16) Jesus Christ paid the entire price on the cross for our sins. (1 Peter 2:24) "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." God set the price on sin, which was a perfect sacrifice; and then God Himself gave His own Son to pay the price.WE MUST, IN REPENTANCE AND FAITH, RECEIVE GOD'S GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE." . . .the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23) God offers you freely His gift of eternal life. This gift is yours to receive, by placing your trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. This is a personal decision and also an urgent decision. "Behold, now is the day of salvation." (II Corinthians 6:2) It is foolish to procrastinate about such an important decision. The Bible promises, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13) Whosoever means you. We must repent to God of our sinfulness and by faith trust completely in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our salvation. Nothing else will do. . . not church membership, not baptism, not confirmation, not communion. None of these things can save us from sin; only Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)RIGHT NOW, RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE, YOU CAN HUMBLY CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD, TRUSTING IN HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS FOR YOUR SALVATION. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.