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SalvationHave you ever wondered what people mean when they ask, “Are you saved?”

The idea of being “saved” comes from the Bible in Luke 19:10 when Jesus says, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” He’s on the search and rescue mission to restore mankind.

Now you may ask, “why is He looking for me?” Because people are running from God and God wants them to know and have a relationship with Him. Romans 3:23 reads, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” By not accepting Jesus as Savior you are in effect saying you don’t need God in your life, and think you can work your way to heaven. That’s simply not true.

Only a perfect sacrifice could be accepted to pay our debt of sin, and Jesus Christ made the only perfect sacrifice when He died on the cross. In John 10:9 Jesus explains that He is the only way to heaven.

The Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus came and paid the penalty for sin for us. He died so we don’t have to. All we have to do is accept the gift (Ephesians 2:8-9). We can never be good enough, even if we try and clean up our mouths, lives, or hearts.

He’ll do the cleaning…just believe, repent, and accept Him, for He wants to save you today! Talk to a Bible-believing Christian friend or pastor, and read Romans 10:9 & 13 and John 3:16-17 to help understand salvation.

God’s Plan of Salvation

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).

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). Jesus had to shed His blood and die.

“ . . . 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. 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:

  1. Pray -- you talk to God.
  2. Read your Bible -- God talks to you.
  3. 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).