The ABC’s of Salvation
Some people think a personal relationship with God is something only theologians can comprehend. Actually, God’s plan of salvation is simple enough for everyone to understand. Here are the ABC’s of Salvation
Admit to God that you are a sinner. Each of us has a problem the Bible calls sin. Sin is a refusal to acknowledge God’s authority over our lives. Everyone who does not lead a life of perfect obedience to the Lord is guilty of sin. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Since none of us is perfect, all of us are sinners (Rom.3:10-18). All persons need salvation.
The result of sin is spiritual death. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). Spiritual death means eternal separation from God. By God’s perfect standards we are guilty of sin and therefore subject to the punishment for sin, which is separation from God. Admitting that you are a sinner and separated from God is the first step of repentance, which is turning from sin and self and turning toward God.
Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin. In the death of Jesus on the cross, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus. “For God loved the world in this way. He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). God loves each of us. God offers us salvation. Although we have done nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to save us.
Confess your faith is Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person. Tell your pastor or a Christian friend about your decision. Following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith. “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. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation” (Rom. 10:9-10).
If you have just prayed to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, tell your pastor, or Christian friend. This person will be able to guide your first steps as a new believer and pray for you. Remember: The Enemy doesn’t like what you have done. Daily wear the full armor of God and ask for protection from temptation and the Enemy’s lies. You are a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).
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