The Message of Salvation
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
God loves you. He wants to have a personal relationship with you. But there is one thing that separates you from God. That one thing is sin.
Sin is our failure to measure up to God’s standards. God is perfect, holy, and righteous. We are not. He gave us the Ten Commandments but not one of us can meet his standards.
We are all sinners and deserve to be separated from God because of our sin.
Since God is holy, he cannot be in the presence of sin so we must spend eternity away from him. That place of separation is a literal place called hell. Imagine you were speeding along the highway and a police officer pulled you over and gave you a $100 ticket. You broke the law and there are consequences. You can go before the judge and ask him to forgive you. But there’s still a penalty you must pay for breaking the law. The same is true with God. You have broken his Law and there are consequences. There’s a penalty to pay.
God wants to have a personal relationship with you but he can’t because of your sin. There’s the dilemma. But there is Good News! Because of his great love for us, he provided a way for you to have a relationship with him and be with him forever in a place called Heaven.
Instead of you taking God’s wrath for your own sin, Jesus willingly stepped in and paid the penalty for your sin allowing you to have a relationship with God and be in heaven.
That Person who stepped in to save you is God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus took the blame that you deserved so that you wouldn’t have to be separated from him forever. Before he died on the cross he said, “It is finished.” Jesus declared that a legal transaction took place. Christ died on your behalf and paid a debt you couldn’t pay.
There is nothing you can do to earn your way to heaven.
There’s nothing we can offer him. We can never be “good enough” to go to heaven because we are all born with a sin nature. God is the only One who can rescue us. And he wants to rescue us.
That’s what grace is: God loves us so he is offering us a gift we didn’t earn and didn’t deserve. But the gift isn’t yours until you make the decision to receive it. When you realize you are a sinner and you are ready to repent or turn away from your sin and trust Jesus, all you need to do is accept God’s gift of salvation that Jesus provided for you on the cross.
If you genuinely believe in his Son, Jesus Christ, you will be saved from an eternity in hell and live with him forever in heaven.
This is what you need to do:
- Acknowledge you are a sinner and turn from your sin.
- Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and trust that Christ paid the full penalty for your sin on your behalf.
- Confess that Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord.
- Receive Jesus as your personal Savior and believe that God has come into your life.
If you’re unsure what to say, this may help:
"Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe you died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare a place for me to live in your presence forever. I turn from my sin and turn to you. I make you not only my Savior, but also my Lord. Please come into my life, forgive my sins and save me. I trust in you for my salvation and I accept, with gratitude, your free gift of eternal life.”
These are not magical words; it’s about a change of heart. If you genuinely trust in Jesus and follow him, you are saved. Now, get a Bible and start reading it. Every day.
Scripture References for further study: Gospel of John, Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 1-3, and 1 John 1:1-10 and 4:7-21
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.