THE BIBLICAL ROAD TO SALVATION
Where will you spend eternity?
By Bud Press, Research Consultant
Please take a moment and read Exodus 20:3-17, then ask yourself this question: Have I broken any of these Commandments? If your answer is Yes then, according to God's word, you are a sinner in need of salvation.
Briefly, what is sin?
"Sin is any personal lack of conformity to the moral character of God, or the law of God. Then sin is a disposition of the heart. It is a bent. It thinks evil; it speaks evil; it acts evil and it omits good. Let me give you those four, because those are the four ways in which you sin. You sin by thinking evil, speaking evil, acting evil or omitting good. You sin when you do, when you say, when you think, or when you don't do, say, think what God demands you to. So it is commission, as you've often heard, or omission" --John MacArthur
It is a fact that:
The Bible is God's holy word to mankind (Hebrews 4:12-13):
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
From Genesis to Revelation, the 66 books of the Bible are God's inspired word (2 Timothy 3:16):
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
God, the Creator of the universe, loves you (John 3:16-18):
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. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
You are a sinner in need of the Savior ( Romans 3:24-24):
...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.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us (1 John 1:6-10).
You are now dead in sin (Romans 6:23):
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus Christ died for you on the cross (Romans 5:6-9):
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation (John 14:6):
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
The gospel of Jesus Christ: words to be saved by (1 Corinthians 15:1-4):
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 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...
Salvation and eternal life cannot be obtained through world religions such as, Animism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, or cults such as Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormonism. Your salvation and eternal welfare rests in the Jesus Christ of the Bible:
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 (Acts 4:12).
You must be born again (John 3:6-7):
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
You are not a child of God until you have been born again (John 1:12-13):
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, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
If you die without being born again, your name will not appear in the Book of Life. You will spend eternity totally separated from God in hell (Revelation 20:11-15):
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
You can be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:1-10):
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 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 we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
You can be saved and know it (1 John 5:13):
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.
What must you do to be saved? (Romans 10:9-10):
...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.
...WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED (Romans 10:13).
Jesus Christ suffered, died on the cross, and shed His precious blood for you. Right now, no matter who you are or what you have done, you can be saved. Jesus is fully capable and willing to soften even the hardest of hearts.
Humble yourself and realize you are a sinner in need of God's forgiveness and salvation. Confess your sins and ask Jesus to forgive you. Ask Him to come into your heart and save you.
He will save you, and never forsake you. He will give you peace in your heart. Your life will never be the same. You have God's word on it:
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand (John 10:28).
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
In Matthew chapter 24, Jesus said there would be many false prophets and false teachers who would come in His name and deceive many. If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, seek water baptism (while baptism itself isn't a requirement for salvation, it is an outward profession of your inward faith), read and study your Bible, pray everyday, seek fellowship with likeminded believers, and depend on God's word alone as your final authority. Never be afraid to ask questions. Hold on tight to God's word, and never let it go--no matter what the cost.
Sincerely in Christ,