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Salvation (Do you know Christ and Where do you stand in Christ?)

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Salvation: In A Nutshell Salvation: The Basics
Salvation: Still Not Convinced?! Why We Have A Need For Christ
What is Remission of Sin  Are you good enough to go to heaven?
Save Yourself Some Pain – by www.raycomfort.com

Why do I need to be saved?

The following are some chapters that clearly explain our need and God’s plan of salvation. [John 3] [Romans 3] [Romans 6] [Matthew 7] [John 1] [John 4] [John 5] [John 6] [John 10] [John 14] [Luke 15]

God leaves no doubt about our condition. We set our standards of right and wrong by society’s values (which is incorrect). God’s standard for us is His own holiness. How do we measure up? “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It’s only fair that God demands holiness; that’s how he first created mankind. We have rebelled against Him as a race and as individuals.

Our pathway away from God has brought its consequences. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a). The Bible compares sin to a cruel slave master. There is no mercy in suffering, no freedom from bondage, no lasting joy, no hope for the future. But most frightening is the final consequence of sin. The Bible warns that without God’s salvation, death is the doorway to eternal punishment (Hebrews 9:27).

It is from this that we need to be saved. From our own sin. From its bondage. From its consequences. “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).

How does God say I can be saved?

God is holy and God is love. His holiness demands that our sin be punished infinitely. His love provides a way for us to be saved from this punishment. How is this possible? Another was willing to suffer what we deserve. Our substitute had to be a sinless man, able to suffer the infinite anger of God against our sin. The only one able to take our place was God’s ONLY Son (Christ Jesus).

The greatest display of God’s love unfolded as His Son left heaven to become a man. Born of a virgin 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ lived with His creation. Unable to sin Himself, yet He showed compassion to sinners all around Him. However, men hated Him because His holiness revealed their sinfulness. He willingly allowed them to nail Him to a cross of wood outside Jerusalem. They suspended Him so they could sit and watch Him die. The climax of God’s plan of salvation had arrived as God covered the earth with darkness. The Bible tells us that for three hours Christ Jesus took upon Him the infinite punishment we deserve for our sin. The darkness was broken when Jesus Christ called out with a loud voice “It is finished”. He had accomplished the mighty work, God’s great plan of salvation.

After three days, Christ Jesus rose from the dead. This is evidence to all that saw him afterwards and to all who read God’s word that Christ’s suffering completely satisfied His father. He was victorious over death itself – the ultimate consequence of our sin.

God’s plan of salvation brings us into the good of Christ’s suffering, death, and victory. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6). “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

If you would like to read through a book in the Bible, try starting with John’s Gospel. [John]


MORE: (Or Put Another Way!)

I am asking you the most important question of 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” (Romans 3:23).

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 commendeth 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. It is true. God cannot lie.

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 and 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 sons 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, nor 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 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 your 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. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.

If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this tract over and over, without laying it down, 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).

Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.

God’s power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God’s promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth: 

  • Pray — you talk to God.

  • Read your Bible — God talks to you.

  • Witness — you talk for God.

You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord….” (2 Timothy 1:8)

“Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32).


Still Not Convinced?! MORE: SALVATION

The name salvation is given to all God’s works of redemption. But in this context salvation means “Forgiveness of Sins” and specifies deliverance from sins.  “He shall save his people from their sins” Matt 1:21.

This salvation can be got by repenting for the sins, believing in God and receiving immersion Baptism.  Acts 2:38-39; Acts 22:16. “In the world salvation can be obtained only through Jesus Christ.” Acts 4:12.  He alone is our Saviour.  There is no salvation through any person other than Him.

Some people who have been redeemed from their sickness, delivered from troubles, and who have forsaken a few sins after their feeble repentance, are thinking that they are saved.  Salvation is a miraculous experience, made possible through the highness of the blood of Jesus Christ.

Those who desire to obtain salvation “must repent for all their sins”. Ezek 18:30.  “Must believe in God for everything”. Ps. 34:5.  “Must accept His Commandments in their lives and obey His word”.  Matt. 19:17.  They must join together in worship with the children of God and should testify.  They must not worship the things of this world or with unsaved people.

God gives his Holy Spirit to those who have obtained this salvation as “another” comforter JHN 14: 16 to dwell within us and guide us with power.  This is the New Life.  This is the way to obtain New Life. John 14:6.

“The Lord says, “Let my people go that they may serve me”. Ex. 7:16.  “Separation from the crooked generation is a must”.  Deut. 32:5. Only then deliverance from sin, John 8:36;  II Cor. 3:17, a sanctified, II Cor. 6:17, 7:1.  In the end during the coming of the Lord there will be deliverance from this present world and the blessedness of obtaining the eternal life together with the rejoicing with God.

“TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION REPENT BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, YOU WILL BE SAVED.”