With the order in our universe, it leads to reason that there is One who created it all. How can such a complex system exist without a creator? The Bible tells us in Romans 1:20 that we are "without excuse" because nature tells us that there is a creator. God, who is the eternal creator of this universe, has given us His word through the Bible which contains the truth concerning life, death, and eternity. Now eternal life requires faith, and that faith begins by believing in God and His Word as truth (John 17:17, "Thy word is truth."). The Bible tells of a loving God who made the greatest sacrifice to save mankind from having to endure the eternal penalty for their sin. Genesis 1:26 tells us that man was created in God's image, meaning that we are eternal beings. After this life, we will live on forever.
The wonderful news is that the God of this universe is a loving God, and desires for you to have a relationship with Him. However, there is a problem. According to the Bible, we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Sin is anything that we do, say, or think that violates God’s law. This would include things like lying, cheating, stealing, hating, coveting, and you can get the idea. It includes the horrible atrocities committed by mankind, as well as the menial violations committed by children. The simple truth is that we are all sinners. This separates us greatly from God's glory as a holy (meaning without sin) God, making us incapable of accessing Him because of our sin.
Beyond just separating us from God, sin demands a penalty. The consequence for sin is seen in Romans 6:23, where the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death.” This is referring to eternal death. As a result of our sin, we deserve death, or eternal separation from God. This death takes place in the Lake of Fire. The inhabitants of this place are described as being “tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). This is how horrible our sin is in contrast to God's holiness, that such a penalty is just payment for our sin. Despite God’s love, He is just and must punish sin. God would be unjust and imperfect to allow sin to be unpunished.
Gratefully, Romans 6:23 does not stop with the penalty of sin but continues with, “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This gift of eternal life is described in I Corinthians 15:3,4, “Christ died for our sins . . . he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth. Being God, He lived a perfect life without sin. His perfection enabled Him to pay the penalty for our sin. For if He had sinned, He would have deserved the same fate as us, but He didn’t. I Peter 2:24 says, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree.” After dying on the cross, Christ was buried, but the Bible says that He rose from the dead the third day. Christ’s death was payment for our sin, and His resurrection ensures us hope of new life. Jesus died so you don't have to be separated from Him because of your sin and pay for it in eternity, but so you can have life with Him now and forever!
Just like receiving a gift from any other person, there is nothing that you need to do, or can do in order to obtain God's gift to you; salvation is not earned, "For by grace are ye saved through faith . . . not of works" (Ephesians 2:8-9). The Bible simply says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). This means that all you need to do is believe on Jesus Christ alone to save you. It is not just enough to believe about Jesus, but to depend solely on Him to save you. “Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This means that you must reject what some may say about doing good works in order to make it into heaven, and realize that you can't save yourself. Your sin is not benefitting you, rather it is condemning you to hell. Realizing you can't save yourself, simply trust in Christ alone to save you. The truth is, you need Jesus! If you would chose to trust Christ to save you, tell God your decision. Tell Him you realize that because of your sin you deserve eternal death and have no means of saving yourself, but you know that Jesus took the full payment for your sin, and you are depending on Him alone to save you. No fancy or eloquent prayer is needed, just tell God you need Jesus! Once you trust Christ to save you, you can know that you are saved because of God’s promise in the Bible, and you can thank God for His wonderful gift to you.
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If you have trusted Jesus Christ to save you, the Bible says, “No man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:29). This means once you are saved by God, no one can undo it, because no one is more powerful than God. You are saved for as long as everlasting life lasts, and that's forever! This is news worth sharing, and we'd love to hear about it!
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One of the most important helps in a Christian’s life is being involved in a Bible preaching church. Christians are warned in “not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together” in Hebrews 10:25. Church will help equip you in your life as a Christian.
Reading God’s Word and obeying it is the only way a Christian can truly have success in his walk. James 1:22 says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only.” It is not enough to simply hear what the Bible has to say, but we must also live it.
The Bible commands Christians to “pray without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17. Pray every day about everything. Prayer is simply talking to God. God desires fellowship with His people, and wants us to talk to Him. Ask Him to provide for your needs, thank Him for His blessings, and praise Him for who He is.
God’s desire would be that all would trust Jesus to save them. However, some will reject His free gift of salvation. It is our duty as Christians to tell others how they can go to heaven too. Mark 16:15 says, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”