Following Christ

God loves you.  He created you to enjoy a wonderful life here on earth and with Him in heaven.  God wants you to know the wonderful plan He has for you.  In order to experience God’s plan for your life, there are several important facts you must believe from the Bible:

1. You must first believe that you are a sinner and separated from God.

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. – Isaiah 59:2

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; – Romans 3:2

Sin is willful disobedience to Gods plan for your life.  You have chosen to disobey God and go your own way.  You are sinful and God is holy.  A great gulf separates you and God.

2. You must believe that there is a penalty for your sin.

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. – Ezekiel 18:4

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 6:23

As a sinner, you are condemned to spend eternity in hell to pay for your sin.

3. You must believe that your own self-effort cannot bridge the gap between you and God.

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. – Galatians 2:16

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; – Titus 3:5

Many people think that the gulf which separates them from God can be bridged by good works, religion, church membership, baptism, or even clean living. However, there is only one payment acceptable in the sight of God–Jesus Christ.

4. You must believe that Jesus Christ has already paid the penalty for your sin.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: – 1 Peter 3:18

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life  Yet God took all of your sin and placed it on Christ while He was on the cross.  God punished Jesus Christ in your place to pay the debt you owed and to bring you to Him.

5. You must personally receive Jesus Christ as your Savior.

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. – Romans 10:9-10

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

Receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Savior means to trust Him and depend totally on Him for your salvation.  You must believe that His died for your sins, was buried and rose from the dead according to the Scriptures.  You receive Jesus Christ by faith, calling upon Him prayer to come into your life, forgive you of your sin, and give you eternal life.

Prayer of Faith

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:6

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Rom 10:13

Dear Lord Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner and I deserve to die and go to hell. But I do believe that you died on the cross for my sins. Right now I am trusting you to be my Savior. Thank you for forgiving my sin and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life and help me to be a good Christian. Amen.

What’s next after salvation?

Our good works have nothing to do with securing our salvation.  However, once
we are saved, God wants our lives to produce good works.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  – Ephesians 2:10

Here are a few things that God wants you to do now that Christ is your personal Savior:

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All passages excerpted from the Holy Bible, King James Version