What Must I Do to Be Saved?

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    In Acts 16:30&31 we find a question probably everyone asks sooner or later.

 That is, "What must I do to be saved?"

 Will God accept me?  Will I spend eternity with Him in Heaven?


    From tribal people and traditions to modern civilizations and organized religions,

 people want to know the answers to these questions:

 How do I know God and have a relationship with Him forever?


Why do we need to be saved?  The reason is, sin.

 Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." 

Romans 3:10-19 says, "There is none righteous, no, not one.

 There is none who understands.  There is none who seeks God. 

They are all turned aside, they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one ". 

It goes on to say, "There is no fear of God before their eyes. 

Now we know that whatsoever the law says it says to those who are under the law,

that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God."

 James 2:10 says that if we break one law we are guilty of breaking all of it.


    Romans 6:23 states, "The wages of sin is death,"

as it was for Adam and Eve.  Our punishment (sentence) for our sin is death and eternal separation from God. 

Colossians 2:13 and Ephesians 2:1-4 both say that we were dead in trespasses and sins.

Isaiah 64:6-7 describes us as an "unclean thing" and says, "our iniquities have taken us away."

 As it was with Adam and Eve sin causes us to be separated from God just as they were. 

Isaiah 59:1-4 gives a description of sin and explains,

"your iniquities have separated you from your God and your sins have hidden His face from you…"

    John 3:36 says, "He who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

"  John 3:17 says unbelief condemns us.

    God is Holy and just and as a righteous judge,

and being true to His divine nature, He is justified in His judgment of us,

but the ending of Romans 6:23 is "good news" for it says,

"the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." 



    Most people believe they can earn eternal life and/or God's favor by doing or being good,

 or by going to church or joining a religious group,

hoping that their good deeds or religion will outweigh their sins or cancel out their bad behavior.

 Some even go so far as self- denial, piety or self- inflicted punishment.


    Most religions have a system of ritual by which, in keeping it, one hopes to earn eternal life and God's good pleasure,

 but most only end up with uncertainty and no real hope.

     But, God in His goodness and love has provided a way to be sure of His acceptance

and of a life with Him in Heaven forever,

which is available to all and by which He can and will (Jude 28)

 "present you faultless before His presence with exceeding joy."


    This plan is revealed to us in God's Word, the   Bible. 

It shows us the one and only way to be right with God.

    In the Book of Acts chapter four (Acts 4:4-12)

 we have an historical account of the Apostles Peter and John preaching about Jesus

 and healing people in His name.  The Jewish leaders had them arrested.

    The next morning they were released from jail

and then the Jewish priests and leaders summoned Peter and John before them.

 A cripple whom they had healed was with them, so the priests demanded of them, "by what name did you do this?"

    Peter and John replied, "by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified,

but whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healed."



    Then Peter said in verse 12,

"nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name, under heaven,

 given among men, by which we must be saved."

 It was obvious of Whom they spoke.  There is only one way to come to God, through Jesus.

     Jesus ,  Himself, said in John 14:6 ,

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man comes to the Father, but by Me."



    God says in John 17:17

that His word is truth and I will use God's Word to show you His plan to save us, through Jesus.

 This is the gospel, which means good news.  It is good news because being saved is a free gift.

 This is the message God commanded the disciples to go into all the world and preach.  (Mark 16:15)

    You will see that this was God's plan from the beginning, to save us from sin and Satan and reconcile us to Himself.

 He promised them in Genesis 3:15

that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the Serpent (called Satan in Revelation 12:9).

  He would send us a Savior.


    In the Old Testament God gave His people prophecies, real life stories and illustrations,

 word pictures, and the law itself to foretell and show us Who the Savior would be;

what He would look like, so to speak; and also what He would do. 

The whole system of ceremonial law was a picture of our redemption.


    These prophecies and pictures were all fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. 

Acts 3:18 says, "But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets,

that His Christ should suffer; He has thus fulfilled." 

Revelation 13:8 says He is "the lamb that was slain from the creation of the world."


    People try to avoid this question by various excuses, such as, "I don't believe in God,"

 "I'm a good person, well good enough," or "All religions are the same."

 These excuses won't change the truth and won't give you assurance. 

God's plan gives us a promise of life everlasting.


    4,000 years after creation, after the 39 books of the Old Testament had been written,

 at just the right moment, God bought about His  plan .

 I John 4:14 says, "We have beheld and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world."

 Galatians 4:4&5 says, "But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son,

 born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law,

that we might receive the adoption of sons."


    Hebrews 1:1-3 tells about this also.

"God who at various times and in various ways, spoke in time past, to the fathers by the prophets,

has in these last days spoken unto us by His Son,

 Whom He has appointed heir of all things, through Whom also He made the world;

Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person,

 and upholding all things by the word of His power,

 when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."

   
             In the Gospels, God shows us Who the Messiah (Savior) is. 


In Matthew 1:18-25

we see God's angel coming to Joseph in a dream

and telling him that his wife would bear a Son by the Holy Spirit,

and to name Him Jesus, because He would save His people from their sins.  So He was announced.


    Later in John 1:29 God identifies Him when John saw Jesus and said:

"Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."

Surely God has shown us all Who Jesus was and what Jesus was sent to do. 

See also John 3:16&17 and I John 4:9. 

Jesus Himself said He "came to seek and to save that which was lost." 


    When John baptized Jesus, God sent the Holy Spirit down upon Him in the form of a dove

and in a voice from heaven declared: "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."

 John 1:32-34 and Matthew 3:13-17


    So, Who is Jesus?  It is obvious God sent Him.

In many places God calls Him His Son,  (see especially John 3:16, 17 and 36

 and many other verses like those in I John chapter 4). 

In John chapter 1 and Hebrews chapter 1 He is called the Creator. 

In Matthew chapter one, when the angel announces His birth to Joseph, he said,

"You shall call His name Emmanuel which is translated 'God with us.'  Jesus is God.  Read Hebrews 1:1-3 again.


    In John 10 Jesus claims that God is His Father and that they are one. 

Because of these claims the Jews repeatedly tried to stone Him for blasphemy,

because the Jews knew these claims were equal to saying He was God. 


In John 10:38 Jesus said, "The Father is in me and I am in the Father." 

Some say he didn't claim to be God, but the Jews certainly thought that He did. 

Jesus, in John 10:38, said that the miracles He did should have been proof enough for them. 

No one ever did the miracles He did.  For these statements the Jewish leaders hated Him and sought to kill Him. 

In John 17:24 He says that He was with the Father before creation.  Read also I Peter 1:20.


    Philippians 2:7-9 says, "Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,

but humbled Himself and made Himself of no reputation,

taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the form of man. 

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death,

even the death of the cross."



    Another way Jesus said Who He was, was when He said,

Before Abraham was ,"I am." 

This phrase ,"I am", was understood by Jews as a name for God (Exodus 3:14),

because God told Moses to say ,"I AM ,has sent me to you."

In the same passage (John 8:56-59),

Jesus says that He  existed before Abraham and at the same time as Abraham.


    During Jesus' trial Jesus said that yes, He was the Christ. 

The Jewish leaders said this meant He was claiming to be God, calling it blasphemy. 

Read Matthew 26:63-66 and Mark 14:61-68. 

For this they judged Him as worthy of death and turned Him over to the Roman authorities.


    Colossians 2:9 states,

"for in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form" and "He is head over all rule and authority."

 He is God.  He is perfect.


    God uses many words, word pictures and stories to describe Jesus' work of salvation and how it was accomplished. 

I would like to define and explain, by using Scripture, some of these.  

Salvation is simple in its application but complex in its scope and magnitude.


    In Romans 3:25 it says, "God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement."

Romans 5:6 says, "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly."

 Romans 5:8 continues the same thought by saying,

 "God demonstrated His love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."


    This is the gospel, the "good news' as found in I Corinthians 15:1-4. "

I make known to you the gospel, by which you are saved…(verses 1&2),

 that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

 and that He was buried and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures."



    In the Old Testament, Isaiah 53, God shows us that Jesus is our substitute.  He took our "death sentence" for us.

 Isaiah 53 shows us that God "laid on Him the iniquity of us all."

 In the Old Testament sacrifices, a sinner would place his hands on a lamb or other sacrifice,

thus placing his sins on the lamb.  (Leviticus 1:4; 3:2, 13; 4:4, 15, 24, 29, 33; 15:21&22)

 When it died it took away their sin, paying the penalty for the sinner,

 instead of their having to pay.  It became their substitute.

    The entire chapter of Isaiah 53 shows this.  Here are a few excerpts:

    Verse 4: "He carried our iniquities."

    Verse 5: "But He was pierced for our transgressions; crushed for our iniquities;

the  punishment that brought us peace was upon Him."

    Verse 7:"He was led as a Lamb to the slaughter… He made Himself a sin offering"


             Verse 8: "He was cut off from the land of the living

for the transgression of My people was He stricken." (Describing His death.)

    Verse 9: He was buried.

    Verse 10: "You made Him an offering for sin."

    Verse 11: "By the knowledge of Him, He will justify many."

 (See Romans chapter 5 and  chapter 10:9&10.)  "He bore our iniquities."

    Verse 12: God will reward and exalt Him.  (Read Philippians 2:5-11)

    Verse 13: "He poured out His life unto death…bore the sins of many

and made intercession for the transgressors."

It sounds to me like the anointed Messiah gave His life for sinners,

bore our sins, was punished and died for our sins.


    I Peter 2:24 says, "Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree,

 that we being dead to sins should live unto righteousness, by whose stripes we are healed."


    Here are some New Testament words used to explain what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross.
   
    Propitiation:

We established that God's punishment is justified.

 Jesus' death was the "satisfactory payment for God's righteous anger;

 an acceptable payment for our sin."  It allows God to forgive us and stay true to His holiness.

 This is the exact definition of the English word propitiation.

 The dictionary also defines it as: to make favorable; to atone for; appease;

 make payment for; conciliate or be an atoning sacrifice.


    I John 2:2 says, "He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; but not for ours only, but also for the whole world." 

I John 4:10 says, "God… loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."

    In Romans 3:25 Jesus is "set forth as a propitiation by His blood through faith." 

It is translated in the NIV this way, "God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in His blood. 

He did this to demonstrate His justice…" 

Verse 26 continues by saying, "That He might be JUST and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."

    Colossians 2:13&14 tells us Jesus died for us,

"having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us…

He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross."



    Reconciled:


    To reconcile means to mend a broken relationship, or bind enemies together. 

We saw that Isaiah 58:2 tells us, "your iniquities have separated you from your God." 

We are estranged from God by our sin. 

We became God's enemy, although He was never our enemy, and someone needed  to mediate a peace between us ,

 to cancel out our debt and blot out the sin that separated us.

    Scripture says in I Timothy 2:5&6: "There is…one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus."

 Colossians 1:21&22 says,

"having made peace through the blood of the cross…

you who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works,

yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death."  See also Hebrews 8:6; 9:15 and 12:24. 


    Read Romans 5:1-10.  It also says we are justified, have peace with God, are reconciled and saved from wrath. 

Verse 10 says ,"for if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son."

 Read also 2 Corinthians 5:18-21.  It says, "God Who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ." 

In verse 21 it says, "He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be the righteousness of God in Him."

    Daniel 9:24 foretold this by saying,

"Seventy 'sevens' are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression,

 to make an end of sin, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness,

 to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy."



    Ransom and Redeem:


    The words ransom and redeem are similar in that in both there is the idea of paying a price to buy someone

or something back, however the contexts are different.

Both apply to Christ paying the price of death to buy us back. 

A ransom buys back a kidnapped person or a captive in order to set them free. 

There are three Greek words which are translated into English by the words redeem or ransom.

    Agorazo: to purchase with a price: Revelation 5:9

    Lutroo: to set free: I Peter 1:18&19

Exagorazo: to buy from the slave market and set free, never to be sold again.

  Galatians 3:13

All carry the thought of the price He paid to rescue us.


    Redeemed certainly applies since Scripture says we are "sold into bondage to sin," (Romans 7:14)

and "were slaves of sin" (Romans 6:17).

He has "bought us with a price," (I Corinthians 6:20) to set us free forever, never to be sold again.

 Hebrews 9:12-18 says, "He offered Himself to obtain eternal redemption."  He is the price.

  Read Romans chapters 5&6 again and also I Corinthians 1:30.


    Ephesians 1:7 says ,"In Him we have redemption through His blood." 

Colossians 1:14 also  says ,"in Whom we have redemption." 

Revelation 5:9 says of Jesus, "You were slain and have redeemed us to God by your blood."

    Both Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45 say ,"He gave His life a ransom for many." 

I Timothy 2:6, in talking of Jesus says, "Who gave Himself a ransom for us all." 

Read also   Psalm 47:7-9. 

Hosea 13:14  (NIV) says, "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death."


    Forgiveness:


    Forgiveness literally means to send away; to not hold us accountable for our sin; to not make us pay for our sin.

 Forgiveness means that because of Jesus payment for sin, God sent our sin away. 

Psalms 103:12 says, "as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."


    The Old Testament has a beautiful illustration of this. 

On the Day of Atonement the High Priest placed his hands on the "scapegoat" and confessed the sins of the nation of Israel.

 Then the goat was led so far out into the wilderness that it could never find its way back;

 it could never return  (Leviticus 16:20-22).

  This is a beautiful picture of our sin being laid on Jesus,

 as in Isaiah 53, and because of His death for us, removing or sending our sin away, never to return.


    Forgiveness and remission of sin are similar. 

Remission means to, "release from guilt or penalty."

 Romans 4:7&8 says, "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."

 Colossians 1:14 says ,"in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."

 Read also I John 2:12; Acts 13:38; 26:18; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 2:13&18 and Acts 18:13.

 God also says that our sins are washed away and that He cleanses us  (I Corinthians 6:11; Revelation 6:5) .

 Isaiah 43:25 says, "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions,

 for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more."


    Justification:


    This word means to credit to us, to declare or count us as righteous;

to impute righteousness to us; to put righteousness on our account.  (Romans 4:5) 

    God shows us this especially in the Book of Romans;

that because of Jesus' death for us and upon the occasion of our faith in Jesus

(I.e .when we believe in Jesus) and His work of salvation, God justifies us and counts us as righteous.

 Romans 5:1 says, "We are justified by faith." 

Romans 3:34 says, "we are justified as a gift (NASB) or freely (NKJB) by His grace

through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus."

 Romans 5:9 says, "having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."

  See also Titus 3:7; Galatians 2:16; 3:16 & 24.


    As we have stated before, most people believe to some extent or other

that salvation is achieved  by joining some form of religion or by doing good or being good,

but if it was, then those who "make it" would be able to boast, saying, "I am better than you."

 Scripture teaches otherwise.  It has a lot to say about boasting, or rather that salvation is not about boasting.

 Romans chapters 4&5 and the entire Book of Galatians teach us that righteousness is not attained by good works

or deeds, or any way which can lead to boasting.


    Ephesians 2:8&9 puts it clearly: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves,

it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, that no one should boast." 

Read Romans 3:20-27.  This whole passage says salvation comes by faith, not by works.

 Good works result in a reason to boast.

 Trusting good works also results in futility, as we saw in Isaiah 64:6, "all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." 

We corrupt any good by bad motives and evil desire, or for gain, etc.

    Trying to attain salvation by good deeds results only in more debt and guilt.

 Romans 4:4 says ,"Now to him who works the wage is not reckoned as a favor , but what is due."

Remember Romans 3:23 says, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

and 6:23 says ,"the wages of sin is death." 

Romans 3:19 states that, "the law makes all the world become guilty before God."

Romans 3:27&28 continues with ,"where is boasting then, it is excluded…

we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law."


    If that isn't enough, it also says (Romans 3:20)

, "by the works of the law no flesh will be justified before God,"

and goes on to say in verse 22 that righteousness is given to us,

"through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe."

    Titus 3:3-7 says , "He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness,

but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

whom He poured upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

 that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."


    Romans 11:6 says, "If it is by grace it is no longer of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace."


 Romans 4:5 says strongly,

"But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,"

 repeating what Romans 3:22 said, "for all who believe."  See Galatians 3:11.

 Galatians 2:16 says, "Knowing that a man  is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ,"

and we have seen by Scripture that Jesus is declared  to be the only way.


Not only does Romans chapters 4 and 5 clearly teach this

but they also give us an example of justification by faith – Abraham.

 Romans 4:2&3 says ,"For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

 For what does Scripture say?  Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness."

 Romans 4:16 says, "For this reason it is by faith, that it might be in accordance with grace,

 in order that the promise may be certain to all the descendants."


And so that we might know that this includes us also, God says in Romans 4:23-24 (NASB),

"Now not for his sake only was it written, that it was reckoned to him, but for our sake also." 

The NIV puts the last part this way: "The words 'it was credited to him' were written not for him alone but also for us…

 who believe in Him Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.

 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."


There are many, many more Scriptures that tell us about and explain Jesus' work of salvation.

 Someone told me that are about a hundred, but let me sum up with this.

Jesus said in John 4:34-36, 17:3-4 and 19:28-30

that He came to do the "will of Him who sent me and to finish or accomplish  His work."


 We saw in I John 4:13 that He was sent by God the Father to be our Savior. 

Jesus next to last words before he died were, "it is finished."

  John 19:28-30 says, "Jesus saw that all things were accomplished," and then He said ,"It is finished." 

The work of God, to redeem and save us, was done.  Our debt is paid.  IT IS FINISHED.


The words Jesus said just moments before He died,

 when it says that He saw that everything was accomplished,

appear to have another meaning even deeper than speaking the truth

that He had completed God's work and plan of salvation.

 In the language spoken at that time it literally also meant, "paid in full." 

It was a legal term written on a criminal's release papers when his sentence was completed and he was set free,

having paid in full for his crime.

 These papers granted him freedom and he could no longer be held accountable for his crime or crimes.

 It was officially written by the authorities: his debt or sentence was paid in full.

 Jesus was telling us our sin debt, our sentence of death, is "paid in full" because JESUS PAID IT FOR US IN FULL! 

His death completed our redemption.



What do WE need to do to be saved?  BELIEVE.


In Acts 16:30&31 we have seen the question:

"What must I do to be saved?"  How can I have eternal life?

 Acts 16:30&31 also answers the question.

It says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."

 John 20:31 says ,"These have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God

 and that believing you may have life through His Name." 

God wants to be sure that everyone understands this, so He says this about 300 times in the New Testament,

 and over 50 times in the book of John alone.

  He also uses other words to help all of us understand:

words such as receive, call, look, come, take, accept, bow and open the door.

It is not necessary to understand all the forgoing aspects of the doctrine of salvation but to understand that:

1) we are sinners, lost and separated from God and,

 2) we are guilty and deserving of death and,

3) we are in need of a Savior, and Jesus Christ is that Savior,

and that He died in our place to pay for our sin (Romans 3:23; 6:23),

and that  4) all we must do is believe and accept Him.

It is not enough to believe He is a prophet or a great teacher. 

It is not enough to believe in His teaching.

We must believe He died for our sins as our substitute.

 This was the purpose for His coming. 

This is the Gospel. 

As I Corinthians 15:3&4 says,

"that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." 

John 3:16 says ,"whoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life."

The thief on the cross had no time to fully understand all of what Jesus was doing for him,

but he knew he needed  help and  that he was a sinner and  deserved to die,

and he cried out, "Lord, remember me when you come into Your kingdom,"

and Jesus immediately said, "assuredly I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise." 

Romans 10:13 says ,"whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord will be saved."

Salvation is simple; it is easy; it is free;

All you have to do is believe, to call, to ask for it. 

John 6:39 says ,"This is the work of God that you believe in Him whom He has sent."

Let's look at some of the other words God uses to show us what to do. 


RECEIVE:

John 1:12 says, "He came unto His own and they received Him not;

but as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God,

to those who believe in His name."


BELIEVE AND LOOK:   

In John chapter three Jesus is showing Nicodemus how to have everlasting life.

 He uses a story to illustrate salvation. 

The Israelites had sinned (Numbers 21:4-9) and God punished them by sending  venomous snakes among them.

 When they cried to Him for help and forgiveness He instructed them to erect a pole with a serpent on it

and told them that if they would just go out and look at it, they would be healed. 

Now if they believed God enough and went out and looked, God kept His word and they were healed.

 Now how much faith does it require to go out and look at a snake on a pole.


Then Jesus explains that this story is an illustration of His dying on the cross by saying,

"even so must the Son of Man be lifted up."

John 6:40 says, "that everyone who sees the Son and believes on Him will have everlasting life."

The whole story illustrates what it means to believe on Christ as Savior, to look to Him for our salvation,

to accept and believe in Him.

 John (especially in chapter three) uses the word believe over and over.  Verse 16 says,

"whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life." 

Verse 18 says, "but whoever does not believe stands condemned already

because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.  John 3:16-18, 36


Romans 10:9 says ,

"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord

and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you shall be saved."

CONFESS:  It also says confess in Romans 10:9 and 10.

Read Mark 8:30 and Luke 9:24. 

Jesus asked Peter, "Who do you say that I am?", and Peter replied ,

"You are the Christ, the Son of God."  He confessed Jesus as the Lord God.

 This is often referred to as "the good confession."


COME:


In John 6:35-37 salvation is explained by the word come.

 It says ,"all that the Father gives me will come to me and whoever comes to me I will by no means cast out." 

He will not reject anyone or turn anyone away.

 Remember the thief on the cross.  Verse 39 goes on to say, "of all He has given me I should lose none,"

God says what He means and means what He says. 

God does not and cannot lie (Titus 1:2).

 This is His promise, not an "I hope so," but a sure and certain thing.

 When you come and believe you have His everlasting word.

 2 Timothy 1:12 says,

"I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him against that day."

 I Corinthians 15:16-22, especially verse 19 states,

 "if only in this life we have hope in Christ we are to be pitied more than all men."

 John 10:28 says, "I give them eternal life and they shall never perish and no one can snatch them out of my hand."

 It goes on to say ,"no one can snatch them out of My Father's hand."  How safe we are in Christ when we believe.

Read the following verses:

Romans 5:8-11 & 15-18; 3:24; Isaiah 55:11; Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:6;

Romans 3:20-27 and Revelation 22:17. 

God's plan of salvation is free.

 It is a gift, given completely through His grace and mercy. 

In Luke 18:9-13 a Pharisee and a tax collector are compared. 

The tax collector cried, "Lord be merciful to me a sinner," and he received forgiveness. 

The Pharisee who thought  he was righteous bragged about his own goodness and was not forgiven;

his own sin condemned him.

Romans 6:23 says, "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." 

At least three times in Romans 5:15-18 salvation is referred to as a gift or a free gift. 

Verse 18 says, "THAT THROUGH THE ONE ACT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS," (referring to Christ's crucifixion) ,

THE FREE GIFT COMES TO ALL MEN.'' 

All we need to do is believe and accept it. 

Revelation 21:6 says that Jesus gives the living water without cost.  Read John chapter 4.



    So what will you do with Jesus? 

If you do nothing you are essentially rejecting Him.

 Romans 10:13 talks of those who "do not subject themselves to the righteousness of God."

 Remember Jesus said in John 14:6 ,

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man comes to the Father but through Me." 

We must accept God's way, God's Son.  Read Philippians 2:8&9.

 It says that, "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow … and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord."  
 
    Eventually every knee will have to bow,

 but only those who accept Him as Savior now, by faith, have everlasting life.

 Hebrews 9:27 says that ,"it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this comes judgment."

    This is not joining a church or a religion.  It is believing in Jesus.


    OPEN THE DOOR:


    Revelation 3:20 says ,

"Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hears My voice and opens the door,

I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me."


    TAKE:


    Revelation 22:17 says ;

 "The Spirit and the bride say come, and let him who thirsts, come,

and whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely."

 Read again  Romans 3:22&27; 5:18 and 10:9-11.

    We are all sinners;

we are all guilty and we can all be saved if we believe.

 God's salvation is available to everyone, anyone.

 It says, "whosoever will."

 Will you receive Him?  Will you receive His gift through faith in God's Son Jesus Christ?

  


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Dear soul,

Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,

you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?

Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.

 

Those who fall asleep in Jesus

shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Those you've laid in the grave in tears,

you shall meet them again with joy!

Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...

never to part again!

 

Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.

There is no pleasant way to say it.

 

The Scripture says,

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

                  ~ Romans 3:23

 

"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."

                  ~ Romans 10:9

 

Don't fall asleep without Jesus

until you are assured of a place in heaven.

 

Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life

first you must believe in the Lord.

You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven

and put your trust in the Lord.

To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.

There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.

That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.

 

You can begin a personal relationship with Him

by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:

 

"Oh God, I'm a sinner.

I've been a sinner all of my life.

Forgive me, Lord.

I receive Jesus as my Savior.

I trust Him as my Lord.

Thank you for saving me.

In Jesus' name, Amen."


If you have never received the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior,

but have received Him today after reading this invitation, please let us know.

We would love to hear from you. Your first name is sufficient.

 

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We appreciate your prayers and look forward to meeting you in eternity!


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