How To Be Saved
The Bible uses many terms for salvation, so that we may gain a clear picture of what it means. Some of the terms are as follows.
A Christian: a follower of Christ.
A believer: one who has faith in Christ, who has trusted Christ, who has committed himself to Christ.
Salvation means rescued, saved, delivered, made whole.
Born again: regenerated, born from above.
We are told to believe IN Christ, to believe ON Him, to receive Him. We are told that we can KNOW Him, in a personal relationship.
You need to understand and admit that you are a sinner, that you can't save yourself or make yourself acceptable to God, and that God has provided the payment for your sin so that you don't pay the penalty of eternal punishment and separation from God. You must repent of your sin (turn and go the other way). God sent His Son, Jesus Christ--God in the flesh--to die on a cross and shed His blood as a sacrifice acceptable to God. God then raised Him from the dead to prove that He indeed is God.
Some teach that to be saved, one must pray "the sinner's prayer." If such a prayer expresses the true heart desire, this can result in salvation. However, no words or acts will save you--only acknowledging your sin, repenting of your sin, and believing that Jesus Christ, God's only Son, who is God in the flesh, paid the price for your sin by His blood sacrifice on the cross, and that He rose from the dead, proving that He is indeed God Himself, just as He said.
Would you like to know what the Bible says about Jesus Christ and salvation? Don't take someone else's word for it--read it yourself.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name ... And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth ... The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." ... Whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life ... He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."
For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God ... "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life."
"For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day ... Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine ... Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?" ... Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."
"I and the Father are one."
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies."
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."
But these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
"Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know--this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power." ... Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
Acts 2:22-24, 37-38
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
"Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins."
"Because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."
As it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one" ... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus ... For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.
Romans 3:10, 23-24, 28
For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ ... Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, 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.
I Cor. 15:3-4
Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.
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, so that no one may boast.
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.
I Peter 3:18
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I John 1:9
He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
I John 5:12-13
This prophecy was written about the Messiah more than 700 years before Jesus was born. Only God knows in advance what is going to happen; He tells us things ahead of time in His Word so that when it happens, we can KNOW that His Word is TRUE. Fulfilled prophecy is PROOF of the Bible's message to us from God Himself. (Isa. 42:9, 44:7-8, 45:11,21, 46:9-11, 48:3-7)
Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.
Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.
Copyright 2009 Jan Young
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