The Biblical Gospel and a Sample Prayer
By Chris Lawson
[ See also Saved From What? ]
How to be saved from sin, self, the wrath of God and hell.
"Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: 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, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born" (1 Corinthians 15:1-3).
"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:13).
Eternal life is a free gift of God (Romans 6:23). Without this wonderful gift mankind faces eternal separation from God and everlasting punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:8) because God is holy and righteous (Habakkuk 1:12) and must punish sin (Exodus 34:6, 7). Everyone has sinned and falls under the judgment of God (Romans 3:10, 23). The penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). God’s righteousness demands perfect righteousness to enter heaven (Matthew 5:18) and we can come to God only through Jesus (John 14:6). Jesus lived a perfectly righteous life as He obeyed (Hebrews 7:26) and fulfilled the law of God (Colossians 2:14). Since it is impossible for us to become righteous, God offers us the righteousness of Christ as a gift (Romans 5:17). Jesus paid the death penalty we deserve for our sin (Roman 5:8). The gift of eternal life is free to us because Jesus paid such a great price for our redemption (Titus 2:13-14). The gift of eternal life can only be received by repentance (Acts 3:19) and faith (John 3:36). God’s gifts are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). Salvation is available to those who receive it by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) and not by righteous deeds (Titus 3:5). Those who attempt to earn acceptance before God by their own works nullify the grace of God (Romans 11:6). Those who receive the gift of eternal life are adopted into God’s eternal family (John 1:12) and nothing can ever separate them from God’s love (Romans 8:28-29).
Have you ever personally received God’s gift of eternal life? If not, why not repent from your sins and dead works (Hebrew 6:1) and receive this precious FREE gift (Romans 6) with empty hands of faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Truly, truly, I say to you,
unless one is born again [from above]
he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
If you would like to be SAVED and receive eternal life you MUST REPENT OF YOUR SIN and BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST as your God and Savior.
We ask that you read this page in its entirety and understand well what is being communicated here. If you do understand what is being communicated, you may pray and ask Jesus to be your Savior.
The following is not some formula to be spoken by rote, but rather, something to seriously consider and take to God in prayer in the privacy of your own will. You can ask God from the sincerity of your own heart. We have put the following sample prayer here so that you can acknowledge and clearly understand the heart of the matter before God.
Jesus, I believe that You are fully God and fully man. I know that I have sinned against you. I know that I have sinned by my own choice and that I alone am responsible for my sin. I know that I cannot save myself. I also know that I deserve to be punished by You because I have broken you holy law. I understand that the fair punishment for sinning against you would be physical death and eternal separation from You, from your life giving Spirit, and from heaven for all eternity. I understand that to not receive you as my God and Savior would result in me being banished to hell forever.
Lord Jesus, I believe that You satisfied the righteous requirement of God’s Holy Law in my place. I believe that you satisfied the justice of God by paying the complete penalty for all my sins, past present and future. I believe that You shed your blood in order to cleanse me of my sins and purge my guilty conscience. I believe that you are the propitiation for my sins - that you satisfied God’s wrath in my place. In doing so, I believe that You died as my substitute on Calvary ’s cross. I want to reject all of my own ideas and all of the worlds ideas that say I can help or assist in my salvation and I reject the idea of trying to ‘forgive myself’. I want to receive Your forgiveness.
Jesus, I believe that You died in my place according to the Scriptures, that were buried, and that on the third day You rose from the dead according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-5). I believe that you conquered sin, death and the Devil. I want to repent of all my sins and my own way of life and I want to receive You Jesus Christ as my own Lord, God, and Savior. I want to be saved by Your grace alone through faith alone in You, Your life, death and resurrection. I want to cease trusting in anything else for my salvation. I want to become a child of God just like the Bible says and to receive the FREE gift of the Holy Spirit and eternal life, just as You promised in your Word. Please cleanse my guilty conscience and allow the Person of Holy Spirit to come and live in and through me. Lord Jesus, please show me how to live this life in a way that is right and pleasing to You and please also give me a burning desire to read Your Holy Word. Thank You God for Your forgiveness and for saving me from myself and from my sins! I ask this in your Name Jesus.”
If you have sincerely prayed, choosing to truly repent from your own sins and from your own way of life, the Bible says that you (as a true believer now) are justified - declared totally righteous in God’s sight. If you are now a true believer the Holy Spirit has come to live within you in order to glorify Christ, live the Christian life through you, and bear fruit (Galatians 5:22). A new believer in Jesus Christ is said to be ‘born-again’, or, made spiritually alive in Christ. If you have been made alive in Christ you are completely forgiven, are a new creation in Christ, and are totally innocent in the eyes of God. Welcome to the family of God! We recommend that you read Romans Chapter 4 and 5 in the New Testament so that you understand what Justification is all about.
If you have chosen to totally surrender your life to Jesus Christ, we recommend that you read the Bible on a daily basis for your personal growth in Christ.