Are you feeling lost and empty, thinking that your life is futile and that surely there must be something more? You are right! God, your creator, has designed you to live in relationship with Him and to live the life of purpose that He has planned for you. Instead, you have chosen your own path in life and it has taken you far away from God. It’s time to come home! Only Jesus can show you the way to God, the Father.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
God desires that today be the day of your salvation!
The first question you might ask is, “why do I need salvation?” This is a good question, but unless you are born again by the Spirit of God, you cannot understand the ways of God or the will of God. You see, each one of us is born physically as a baby, but not spiritually, so we do not naturally understand spiritual things. Therefore, you must be born again by the Spirit of God!
Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3
You need salvation because you must be born again spiritually in order to have a personal relationship with God and enter heaven. Salvation is found only in Jesus Christ who was sent by God from heaven to save us from our sins.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
I am praying that God will open your eyes to see spiritually and that He will give you a heart to understand the Word of God and to act on it.
What is Sin?
Every person needs salvation from the power and penalty of sin because:
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Every human is born by nature selfish, self-centered and proud so we either don’t believe in God or we live as practical atheists. We do not want God to tell us what to do. The Bible calls our rebellion against God, sin. Love for God and love for sin cannot coexist! Sin is like one drop of poison in water. It is only a drop but drinking it has consequences; it will kill you!
For the wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23
God is holy and without sin, but every person born is bent towards sin. No one naturally loves God or wants to do His will. No one naturally love God’s Word, the Bible, nor does it come naturally to pray. We neither acknowledge God nor do we obey Him because we are spiritually dead! God’s Word reveals what a sinful heart looks like and indicts us all:
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
“Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:10-18
Because we are deeply stained with self-interest, even our good deeds are tainted with sin. Don’t be deceived into thinking that you are a good person who does not need Jesus to save you. Remember the drop of poison in water? Even one sin will keep you from heaven where Holy God dwells.
You can never do enough good deeds in your own effort to please God. Your good deeds only increase your own self-righteousness so they do not impress God. Your good deeds may even temporarily ease a guilty conscience but they do nothing to release you from the penalty and power of sin. You need the righteousness that only salvation in Jesus Christ can give to you.
We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6
The Penalty for Sin Must Be Paid!
You owe a debt for your sin that you can never pay! In the physical world, if you break the law you pay the penalty. In the spiritual world, the penalty for sin must also be paid for, but how? Because you cannot save yourself, God provided His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for all your sins.
But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. It is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5
Why did Jesus have to die for my sin? The Bible tells us about a spiritual law.
The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22
Sin must be paid for with sinless blood! Therefore, no one can save himself. Only Jesus Christ lived on earth without sin, so only He could be the perfect sacrifice needed for forgiveness of sin. Jesus willingly paid the penalty for all your sins once for all with His death on the cross, not when you were worthy, but while you were undeserving.
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Each person either accepts or rejects the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for his/her sin. No decision is a decision.
Someone I know expressed God’s mercy and love like this: “I know now that Jesus hung on the cross and was shamed and beaten and broken in my place. I am the sinner that deserved to die. I am the one that deserved to be punished. Jesus was perfect and without sin and yet He traded places with me and took all of my punishment so that I did not have to pay the penalty for my sin. With His help, I now want to serve Him with my life.”
Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. God knows that you need His forgiveness and you need a heart change. Do you agree with God that you need Jesus to save you from your sins?
Salvation in Christ Begins with Repentance
Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” He said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14-15
God’s mercy leads you to repent and believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation. When you recognize that you have sinned against God, you will want to repent. To repent from sin is to turn from your sins to God. Admit to yourself and to God that you have sinned against Him with either passive indifference or active rebellion and that you need His forgiveness.
Jesus said: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32
Confess your sins and, as much as possible, name them specifically. God will hear your sincere prayer of faith and He will forgive your past sins, your present sins and any future sins.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives. 1 John 1:8-10
Believe in Jesus Christ as Your Savior
The Good News:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
God loves you. When you repent, and believe in God’s Son, Jesus Christ, you are born again spiritually and will live in relationship with Him forever.
This is the Gospel to believe: Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred…1 Corinthians 15:3-6
The Bible teaches that God was satisfied with His Son’s sacrifice for sin and that He raised Jesus from the grave. Today, Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father and He promises to return. At the moment you repent of your sins, and believe in Jesus Christ, you are born again by the Spirit.
There was a day in January 1975 when I believed the gospel that Jesus died for my sins and that He rose again from the grave. I confessed to God that I was a sinner. I realized that I had lived my life ignoring God and going my own way apart from Him. I asked Jesus Christ to enter my heart and to be my Lord and Savior. The moment I believed in Jesus as my Savior, I received God’s gift of the Holy Spirit and I was born again spiritually.
My life began to change as I read the Bible and as the Holy Spirit empowered me. I now wanted to please God by doing His will where before my salvation I was spiritually dead. I became a new creation in Christ, born again by the Spirit 41 years ago, and God will continue to transform me into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ, until I see Him face to face.
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18
Your decision to believe or not to believe in Jesus Christ will determine where you will spend eternity. Ask God to help you to believe. Ask God to save you in Jesus name and He will.
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Pray to Receive Jesus Christ as Your Savior
To all who received Him (Jesus), to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God; children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision, or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13
You receive Jesus Christ by faith. It is not words that save you but a sincere heart that believes what you are saying. You can pray aloud to Him with your own words, or you may want to pray the following prayer:
O God, I have sinned against you and I need your forgiveness. I know that I will remain lost forever unless you save me. I believe the Lord Jesus Christ willingly sacrificed His life to pay for all my sin and guilt so I ask you to forgive me in Jesus’ name. I believe that you raised Jesus from the dead and gave Him authority over my life so I invite you, Jesus, to come into my heart now and control my life through the Holy Spirit. I receive you, Jesus, as my Savior and Lord and your free gift of eternal life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
If you prayed to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you are forgiven and you are now God’s child. You are born again!
God said: For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. Hebrews 8:12
Trust and be assured that if you sincerely asked Jesus Christ to come into your life, He is there. You now have God’s Holy Spirit who lives in you and He will help you to live a life that is pleasing to God as you depend on Him.
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:11-13
Welcome to God’s family! You might want to take note of your spiritual birth by recording today’s date. It is important to take your first steps of faith by telling someone of your decision to trust in Jesus as your Savior.
Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
Begin your new life in Christ by studying the Bible daily
Bible study for “Is Jesus your Savior?”
Week 1: Psalm 51:1-10; 139:13-16; Isaiah 53:4-6; 64:6; Matthew 1:20-25 10:32-33; 22:36-40; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 5:31-32; 18:9-14; John 1:12-13; 3:3, 16-18; 6:40; 11:25-26; 14:6; 17:1-5
Week 2: Acts 4:12; 20:21; Romans 1:16-17; 3:9-18, 23-24; 5:1, 8; 6:23; 8:1-16; 10:9; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 19-20; 15:3-6; 2 Corinthians 5:15, 17, 21; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:1-10
Week 3: Philippians 2:3-11; Ephesians 2:4-5; Colossians 2:9, 13-15; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Titus 2:11-14
Week 4: Hebrews 4:12-16; 8:12; 9:22; 11:6; 1 Peter 1:13-16; 2:1-3, 21-25; 2 Peter 1:3, 20-21; 1 John 1:8-10; 2:15-17; 5:11-13
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