Friend : I am asking you the most important question of your
life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your
answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question
of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved?
Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?
God says in order to go to Heaven,
you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be
born again." In the Bible, God gives us the plan of how to be born again,
which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved
today. How? First, my friend, you must realize you are a
sinner. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Because you are a sinner, you are
condemned to death. "For the wages (payment) of sin is death."
(Romans 6:23) This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.
"...it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."
(Hebrews 9:27) But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son,
Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. "...He hath made Him
[Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us ... That we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus had to shed His blood and
die. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Lev.
17:11). "...without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]."
(Hebrews 9:22) "...God commandeth His love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) Although we cannot
understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died
in our place. He became our substitute. Is is true. God
My friend, "God ... commandeth all
men everywhere to repent." (Acts 17:30) This repentance is a change of
mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus
did for us on the Cross. In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked
Paul Silas: "...'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?'" And they said,
" 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.' " Simply
believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried,
and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the
believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.
"But as many as received Him, to
them gave He power to become the son of God, even to them that believe on His
name." (John 1:12) "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved." (Romans 10:13) Whosoever includes YOU.
"...shall be saved" means not maybe, not can, but shall be saved! Surely,
you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting,
lift your heart to God in prayer.
In Luke 18:13, the sinner
prayed: "God be merciful to me a sinner." Just pray: "Oh God,
I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on
the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were
for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the
forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of
Your merciful grace. Amen."
Just take God at His word and claim
His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church,
no lodge, no human, no amount of money and no good works can save you.
Remember, God does the saving. All of it!
God's simple plan of salvation
is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who
died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on
Him as you crucified, buried and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all
of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.
You say, "Surely, it cannot be that
simple." Yes, that simple. It is scriptural. It is God's
plan. If His plan is not perfectly clear to you, read this over and over
until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the
world. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world
and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)
Do not trust your feelings.
They change. Stand on God's promises. They never change. You
should then be baptized by, and united with, a scriptural New Testament,
Bible-believing church, in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. "Be not
thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord..." (2 Timothy 1:8)