What does the Bible say?
God loves us and does not want us to perish.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
1 Timothy 2:4
[God] desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
All people have sinned. Sin causes separation from God.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you…
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
Eternal Life is a free gift. You cannot earn or deserve it.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.
God wanted us to be brought back into relationship with Him. For this reason, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin when He died upon the cross.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
1 Corinthians 15:3
For I delivered to you first of al that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
We receive God’s forgiveness through faith, by trusting in Christ.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name.
if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
You can place your faith in Jesus and receive God’s gift of eternal life right now. I encourage you to agree with God’s Word and express your faith toward God by praying the following prayer:
I come to You and acknowledge that I have sinned. I need Your mercy and Your forgiveness. I turn to You now, and I repent of my sins. I believe that Your Son Jesus came to this earth and died on the cross for my sins. I believe that He rose from the dead so that I could receive forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. I accept Jesus as my Savior, and I confess Him now as my Lord. Thank You for taking away my sins, for making me Your child, and for placing me in right standing with You.
Now that you have made Jesus your Lord and Savior…
Realize that in receiving the gift of eternal life, you have taken a wonderful first step. God not only wants you to have this gift, but He also wants you to possess all that you have received from Him. The more you know Him, the more you will be able to make Him known… Understand that nurturing your personal relationship with Him is the most important thing you can do!
Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit! God’s plan is that you walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit already lives in you if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, but there is an additional experience by which He fills you with power. In the Bible, you can read all about the outstanding works of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin also has a wonderful book on this subject titled, The Bible Way To Receive the Holy Spirit.
Get a Bible and begin reading! I recommend you begin with the Gospel of John. This book of the Bible will give you a tremendous introduction to who Jesus is. I also recommend you read a Bible that is translated into modern language. You might consider the New King James Version… Understand that the Word of God is the key to appropriate all that you have received when you received Jesus. It is the seed that needs to me planted in your heart. As you continue to allow God’s word to reshape your mindset, you will see yourself manifesting the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12.1-2)
Find a good church and attend regularly. It is important to become a part of a good church that believes in the Lordship of Jesus, the authority of the Bible, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Your spiritual walk and your spiritual growth can be greatly helped by your involvement in a good church.
Be baptized in water. This is an outward demonstration of the fact that you have become identified with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Book of Acts records numerous instances of early Christians being baptized in water in obedience to the instructions of Jesus.
If you are ever tempted to doubt the fact that you are now a child of God and will spend eternity with Him, know that the Bible has many tremendous promises to further assure you. Here are three scriptures that are especially comforting:
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
1 John 5:13
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
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If you have just received the gift of eternal life by accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord, or if you’ve recommitted your life to Christ, please contact us and let us know. We would love to hear from you! (All Scripture quotations in this article are from the New King James Version of the Bible.)