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# 07818 :  MESSAGE OF SALVATION – HOW CAN A PERSON BE SAVED?

I have posted this article some years ago- reposting now. 

From the New Testament of the Bible, specifically from the book of Romans, I like to share this good news to those who are searching and wondering how to be ‘saved’? By the term ‘saved’ we mean, receiving forgiveness for the sins and receiving the assurance that you would be spending your eternity in heaven.

Romans 3:23 reads, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God. There is no one who is innocent. Romans 3:10-18 gives a detailed picture of what sin looks like in our lives. Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death!

Romans 6:23 continues like this: "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:8 declares, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus' death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus' resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus' death as the payment for our sins.

Again in Romans 10:9 we read, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Because of Jesus' death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins - and we will be saved! Romans 10:13 says it again, "for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Another aspect we can appreciate is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 has this reassuring message, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Through Jesus Christ we can have a relationship of peace with God. Romans 8:1 teaches us, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Because of Jesus' death on our behalf, we will never be condemned for our sins. Finally, we have this precious promise of God from Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." This promise is given to us by the Lord – which He wouldn’t leave us under any such situation!

Would you like to be ‘saved’? If so, here is a simple prayer you can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation!  "God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment.  But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven.  With your help, I turn away from my sin and place my trust in You for salvation.  Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness - the gift of eternal life!  Amen!"

If you have sincerely prayed this prayer (or a prayer similar in content acknowledging your helplessness to be saved and the sufficiency of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross as a substitution for the penalty of your sins) you have become a child of God. If you like me to pray for you and provide you further information please send me an e-mail – tomj3162000@yahoo.com

Regards,

Tom Johns

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Reply by : tomj   View Profile   Since : 16 Dec 2015 9:55:39 PM Close

Steps to receiving forgiveness from God – otherwise commonly known as – Salvation.

[If you were to read the Bible and check the references, choose an easier translation such as New International or New King James or New American Standard for better understanding.]

Recognize the need for a Savior

We need to acknowledge before God that in ourselves we cannot achieve God’s demand of holiness. Bible declares us as sinners incapable of living a holy life by God’s standard. He judges by His standards, not by human standard. [Romans 3:23] We cannot love God wholeheartedly or love others as ourselves. These are impossible to achieve. We need help!

Receive Jesus Christ

God provides salvation form the penalty and power of sin through Jesus Christ. We need to trust in God’s word and this provision. Pray to God that you are willing to accept that provision and God will immediately accept you as His child. Once that is done you will never ever be forsaken or as some people are afraid of, lose your salvation. [Romans 8:35]

Repentance of sin

Biblical repentance, in relation to salvation, is changing your mind from rejection of Christ, to faith in Christ. This rejection can be in the form of self-reliance by working to get better or make promises to God that one would try his/her best to be good. God does not want anyone’s promise to become better. The biblical salvation is one’s recognition of his/her inability to do anything to satisfy God’s demand. The faith in Jesus Christ demands our total dependency on Him for our salvation. The prayer to get saved must not be a list of promises that ‘I would do this and this and this or I would not do that or that.

In Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost (Acts chapter 2), he concludes with a call for the people to repent (Acts 2:38). Repent from what? Peter is calling the people who rejected Jesus (Acts 2:36) to change their minds about Him, to recognize that He is indeed “Lord and Christ”

It is important that we understand repentance is not a work we do to earn salvation. No one can repent and come to God unless God pulls that person to Him (John 6:44). Acts 5:31 and 11:18 indicate that repentance is something God gives – it is only possible because of His grace. No one can repent unless God grants repentance. God's longsuffering leads us to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), as does His kindness (Romans 2:4).

Biblical repentance is changing your mind about Jesus Christ and turning to God in faith for salvation (Acts 3:19). Turning from sin is not the definition of repentance, but it is one of the results of genuine, faith-based repentance towards the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Bible, repentance results in a change in behavior. This comes after salvation. That is why John the Baptist called people to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). A person who has truly repented from rejection of Christ to faith in Christ will give evidence of a changed life (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:19-23; James 2:14-26). (This part is mostly quoted from Charles Ryrie.)

Confession

There should be confession and that confession should be in regard to our utter sinfulness and our need for the Savior. If there are known sins in our lives [I am sure there will be] those could be mentioned and pray for the Spirit of God to work in the heart to overcome those. Such confession should be part of daily / minute by minute life of a believer. This is not done to keep our salvation intact, but it will make us spiritually cleansed and keep us ready for His service. This is NOT a onetime action; but an ongoing process.

My prayer for you

It is my sincere prayer that if you are not sure what it means to be saved or have a lot of confusion about it, please consider these truths and pray to God acknowledging your sinfulness and your need for Jesus Christ. He will forgive all your sins and save you this instant and you will NEVER be lost.

You could be brought up in the Brethren family but that does not mean that you are taught well in regard to the doctrine of salvation. I am a living proof of it. I also thought I need to get ‘cleaned up’ so the Lord can accept me. I tried my best to get cleaned up but failed miserably. But the Holy Spirit can work mightily once we hand over our lives to Him and start from ‘inside out,’ rather than our efforts to do it from ‘outside in.’ 

Tom Johns

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