The Bible provides a clear answer. Here are the logical steps from God’s Word, the Bible, that all must take to be saved.
Acknowledge Your Sin
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
First, see yourself for what you are…a sinner. Sin is tragic, vile…it blights, degrades, destroys. It has dire consequences: “…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)
Repent of Your Sin
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” (Acts 3:19)
You must also repent. Repentance is not making a resolution to do better. It is not just conviction of sin, for a person may be convinced that he is wrong and still not repent. D.L. Moody liked to describe repentance this way: “Man is born with his back toward God. When he truly repents, he turns right around and faces God. Repentance is a change of mind, a change of heart, and it results in a change of action.”
As the Bible says, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord…for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:7) You must change your mind about sin and want God to end its mastery over you. After all, sin is so bad it took Christ’s death t make forgiveness possible for you.
Believe in Jesus Christ
“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)
Believe in the completed work Christ accomplished on the cross. You must believe that Christ substituted Himself for you, that He died for your sins (though He never sinned), and that He was resurrected from death. “…the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.” (Isaiah 53:5) Our sins nailed Him to the cross, and “with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
Make Your Decision
“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.” (Romans 10:9).
You must believe in Christ and receive Him personally into your life by faith if you are to be saved from the power of sin and its consequences. “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)
Will you pray to God something like this? “God, I’m convinced I am a sinner, and that Christ alone can save me. I willingly repent of my sinful life and believe Jesus Christ died for me. I want to receive Him as my personal Savior.”
If you have just now received Christ as your Savior, please let us know. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to help you get started in this new relationship with God. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
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