How To Be Saved
I am confident most people reading this have heard Christians talk about 'being saved' or getting 'born again'. Maybe you haven't really understood what they are talking about. There seems to be a lot of confusion about the subject of salvation, so I thought I would put a little light on the subject. I want to make it so simple 'anyone' can understand, so here are a few verses from the Bible that will help us, and I will comment on each briefly.
The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) In other words we are all sinners that have failed to live up to God's standards. The Bible also tells us that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) Just as criminals get punished with a death sentence if their offence is serious enough according to the Bible we all deserve death because of our sin. That is how serious sin is to God. Does that sound harsh? Perhaps you think you haven't done anything worthy of death? Whether you feel that way or not is irrelevant; the Bible says it is so. But the good news is that the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) and again in Romans 5:8 it says God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
What does that mean? Well, it means that Christ took our place and died for us. That is what happened on Calvary - a hill of crucifixion. As a free gift to us Christ died for our sins. He took our place and suffered for us so we don't have to die in our sin and be lost for all eternity in hell. This is how God demonstrated his love for us. Isn't that awesome?
In another part of the Bible it says that if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:9,10)
So let's look at the above scripture for a moment. What exactly does it mean to 'confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord"? Well, first of all in order to honestly confess that Jesus is Lord you have to accept him as your Lord. The word 'Lord' simply means 'master'. So to confess him as Lord you will simply accept him as your Master and make a decision to live for him. Now, to believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead is pretty self-explanatory. He died, was buried, and God raised him from the dead.
So you see, it's very simple actually. If you believe that Christ died for your sins, was buried, and then God raised him from the dead, all you have to do is ask him to be your Lord and he will 'immediately' forgive you and save you. Now confess Jesus as your Lord so you and others know that your salvation is real.
So there you have it. That is all there is to salvation. It all comes down to a simple choice; do you want to go to heaven or hell. Heaven is a place of wonderful peace and happiness and hell is a place of torture and misery without end. Sounds like a no-brainer doesn't it? But, many will harden their heart and end up in hell for several reasons. Some will simply put off the decision until later, but never actually get around to it. Many will simply not believe the gospel truth, while others will be deceived into thinking there is another way to be saved. How about you? Will you believe the wonderful Gospel of Grace or will you harden your heart against God and continue to live in sin and end up in hell for all eternity?
I've presented the Gospel of God's Grace to you in simple terms. So now it is up to you. Heaven or hell; it's your choice. Jesus is a great savior and worthy of our trust. The Christian life is a life worth living - a life with meaning and peace of mind. I hope you will make the right decision. Jesus loves you enough to die for your sins. What greater love is there?
Rev. Steve Holder