Since you have bothered to start reading this page, you have some interest in Salvation, and what it involves.  Before that subject can be fully explained, let us please accept a couple of truths.

First, in order to understand this thing called salvation, it is first so important to understand and accept that God is the creator of everything.  Why, you ask?  If God, is indeed the creator, then He is the ultimate authority of right and wrong, and that means that we, as His creation, would be accountable to Him.  He would be the ultimate authority and judge regarding how to be made right.  He would also be the ultimate authority and judge as to what punishment awaits those who deny righteousness.

Next, after accepting that God is the creator, we further accept that the Holy Bible is His revealed word to us and that it is the ultimate authority on all matters that it addresses.  This includes telling us how we are lost, how we can be made righteous, and what punishment awaits those who do not accept His plan for righteousness through salvation.

YES, YOU ARE A SINNER

The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  This means that we are all born sinners and have a natural “want to” to do bad things.  Raising children is a base truth that proves this point.  How many children have ever been raised to do what is wrong?  Of course, parents want to raise their children to do what is right.  As beautiful, precious and seemingly innocent as children are, they are born with a selfish nature that automatically wants to do what THEY want to do, no matter the consequences.  Parenthood is the process of teaching children what is right to do, and to reject doing what is wrong.

Another way to illustrate how we are sinners is to look at the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20.  In examining these commandments, one of them states “honor thy father and mother…”  This means that we are to obey our parents.  Did you every disobey your parents?  Congratulations!  You are qualified to be a sinner.  And that status of being a sinner brings about a prize…

THE PRIZE OF BEING A SINNER

The Holy Bible further tells us that “the wages of sin is death… ” (Romans 6:23)  So what, you ask?  Everyone is going to die.  It is true that our bodies will die, but what happens after that?  “It is appointed unto man once to die, and then the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).  For what will we be judged?  Whether or not we died as a sinner.  So what happens if we die as a sinner?  The Bible says that “the wages of sin are death…” 

How so?  The Bible says that anyone who dies as a sinner has a real problem because they are separated from God, and if they die separated from God, then they will be sent to hell.   And if they are sent to hell, the end result of hell is the lake of fire.  “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”  Revelation 20:14-15.

HOW DO I AVOID SUCH A TERRIBLE FATE?

While the Bible tells us the “wages of sin are death,” it also tells us in that same verse that the “free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  While we were still sinners and against God, He proved His love for us by sending the Son of God, Jesus Christ to die on the cross to shed his blood to solve the problem of our sin.  “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission [forgiveness]”Hebrews 9:22.

This tells us that Jesus Christ, who knew no sin, became our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).  As a perfect being, he accepted the emotional, spiritual and physical turmoil and judgment for all the sin of all the world.  It was so ugly, that God had to turn His back on His own Son, even when His Son needed him most (Matthew 27:46).  Jesus did it all for you.

Why? “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).  God created us to enjoy a relationship with Him.  That relationship was shattered by the separation of sin.  In order to restore that relationship, God lashed out the punishment of our sin on Jesus when He died on the cross and shed His blood.  He did all this so that we could have a restored relationship with God.

HOW DO I ACCEPT GOD’S FREE GIFT OF SALVATION?

It is as easy as ABC!  Literally!  First, ADMIT that you are a sinner, and that your sin will eventually end up committing you to hell and the lake of fire.  Second, BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His blood to accept the punishment of our sin.  Last, CALL on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you can be saved!

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” Romans 10:9-11.

DECISION TIME

Will you accept the free gift of salvation?  If so, just say a prayer similar to this:  “God, I know that I am a sinner, and admit that there is nothing I can do to restore a relationship with you.  I know that I want to accept you as my savior, and accept the free gift of salvation.  Please forgive me and adopt me into the family of God.  Thank you for saving me.  Amen”

Your prayer doesn’t have to be fancy, it is just you talking to God like you would talk to someone next to you.

WHAT IS NEXT?

If you made that decision today, then you are now a spiritual child of God, and have the right to have a personal relationship with God for eternity.

If you did not make that decision, and you died right now, you would be sent to hell, and later, the lake of fire.  But the worst part is, you would not have an eternal relationship with God.

In either case, I would be pleased if you would send me correspondence.  Please let me know about your decision to accept Christ as your savior.  I would like to reply and email you some information to help you get started on your spiritual realationship with God.  If you did not make that decision, and you have questions that you need answered, please email me and let me know, as I would like to do my best to answer those questions for you.

My email address is jrobbiep@aol.com.

God bless you.

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