ROAD TO SALVATION
In my walk Im finding that many of us dont know nor havent tried
to lead someone to salvation. Heres some info for you to do
PLEASE DO SO!!! Remember we are the body of Christ!!!
DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT....
AND THE NEW BIRTH?
in this world we find heartache, strife, sickness, poverty,
injustice and a host of other ills. Why can't men live in peace
and enjoy the good things in this earth? The Bible (God's book
to mankind) gives us the answer to these questions and tells
us how to be born again and what that means. He tells us in
His Book that all the troubles in the world are due to either
my sin or someone else's. All of mankind is sinful, thus separated
from the holiness of God. The Bible says that men and women
can only find salvation in Christ Jesus.
all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans
the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
exactly is sin? If you asked ten different people, you might
get ten different answers. Some might say that sin is "doing
something wrong or breaking the law", while others might
say that sin is "hurting another person or taking an innocent
life." Still others might deny the very existence of sin,
saying that there is no such thing as right or wrong-- in short,
that there are no real absolutes in this world. However, most
people agree (regardless of culture) that there are certain
actions that are wrong, and should be punishable by fines, imprisonment
or even death.
the person who "doesn't believe in right or wrong"
would have a hard time observing a maniac rape and murder a
small child, and say that what happened to them was not a crime.
is a terminal disease that eats away at the very heart of this
planet. It destroys individual people, families, cultures, even
the earth itself. Our world is defiled by it, yet most people
cannot even give a definition of the word, or grasp the true
gravity of the situation. What is sin? Surely sin is more that
ten different opinions from ten different people. Is there any
final authority on this subject?
Bible says that sin is a heart condition. It is a condition
of rebellion against God, which stems from pride. The Bible
even refers to pride as "original sin." The Hebrew
definition of the word sin means "to miss the mark."
God created us to be like Him, but our pride and rebellion make
us fall far short of that purpose. Our actions, though they
may be "sinful" are really only the fruit of our rebellion
against God. Our outward actions merely mirror our true inner
condition. It is our true inner condition that God is concerned
with. He knows the "real you" better than you yourself
do, because he sees "the inner man" and all your secret
thoughts and motives.
in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered
and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."
Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)
we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us." 1 John 1:8
one may lead a "good life" on the outside, God looks
on the heart. It is the nature of man to look on the outward,
but outward appearances can be deceiving.
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like
unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward,
but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within
ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." Matt. 23:27-28
cannot deal with our sin by "cleaning ourselves up"
the outside, when our problem is a heart condition. "Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant
of sin." John 8:34 We are all slaves to our sinful nature,
and we can only be cleansed from within.
sin is the root cause of all our troubles, we must deal with
our sin first if we want less troubles in our lives. How do
we get rid of sin? God tells us in His Word that by nature we
are "...dead in trespasses and sin;" (Ephesians 2:1)
and that we are "...alienated from the life of God..."
(Ephesians 4:18). Just as a body without physical life is declared
physically dead, so anyone who is separated from God is described
in the Bible as spiritually dead. As long as we remain spiritually
dead, we cannot know God.
all need a new life. We need to be cleansed from sin and it's
penalty (which is death) and restored to fellowship with God
who made us all. That is what Jesus Christ (God's Son) meant
when He said we "must be born again" (John 3:7). "...Except
a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God"
(John 3:3). Without the experience of the "new birth"
we have no hope of enjoying the glories of heaven nor escaping
the terrors of hell. Have you been born again?
"new birth" is not a religion, not living up to a
creed, not a set of rituals, nor joining a church or denomination.
It's a transformation. Our old nature is changed and we receive
a new one. Old things pass away and all things become new in
Christ. We receive a new heart, new desires, new ideas, and
a new direction because of this new nature. A birth is the coming
into being of a new life which has the nature of its parents.
When you were born the first time, you were made a partaker
of the nature of natural man. When you are born again, you become
a partaker of the divine nature (II Peter 1:4). God can become
your heavenly Father.
greatest attribute of God is that He is a God of love. He loves
you and me. He loves all sinners and wants to save every one
of us from hell and the terrible results of our sin. His Word
tells us, "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans
5:8). "For He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew
no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him"
(II Corinthians 5:21). God hates sin because of what it produces--
war, sickness, poverty, etc., but God loves the sinner.
sent Jesus Christ, His only Son, so that we might have new,
everlasting life. The Bible tells us, "For God so loved
the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life"
(John 3:16). By His death and resurrection, Jesus paid for our
salvation. He broke the power of sin and death, making it possible
for us to have everlasting life. The life of God raised Jesus
from the dead and He was the first born Son into the kingdom
thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers
of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered
us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the
kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through
his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of
the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him
were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in
earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions,
or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him,
and for him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things
consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is
the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things
he might have the preeminence" (Colossians 1:12-18).
Christ, the Son of God, was nailed to a cross by ungodly men
for no sin of His own. He was an innocent man-- the only man
who was ever perfect and sinless. He never sinned, yet He took
your sins and mine by taking an unjust death. Because He did
this willingly, He was raised from the dead by His Father and
given life and authority over the powers of darkness. God now
imparts that same life and authority to all those who come receiving
His provision for their sin. "...the blood of Jesus Christ
his Son cleanseth us from all sin" (I John 1:7)
must accept God's Word that says we all are sinners and know
that it is sin that separates us from God and repent or "turn
away" from that sin. Until we each acknowledge, and ask
forgiveness for our own guilt, we will never be free from it.
It will eventually lead us right into hell.
Lord is...not willing that any should perish, but that all should
come to repentance" (II Peter 3:9)
wants to give us His power over sin. We cannot conquer sin without
that power. God wants to give us life for death, beauty for
ashes, health for sickness, joy for grief, peace for strife,
love for hate. God's Word says, "...I am come that they
might have life and that they might have it more abundantly"
(John 10:10). Do you want abundant life? This abundant life
comes only as we are born again and as we follow on and receive
all that God promises us.
isn't always easy following God, but nothing worthwhile ever
was. You may be ridiculed and persecuted. You will face many
temptations to fall back into your old nature. But you can be
assured that God is with you, and He will give you power to
overcome every one of them.
what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency
of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered
the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may
win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness,
which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of
Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." Phil
can pray right now and ask God to come into your heart and receive
the new birth. Simply talk to Him as you would talk to another
person. You might pray a prayer similar to this:
I come to you in the name of Jesus, I do not know you personally,
but I want to know you. I believe that Your Word, the Bible
is true. I repent for hardening my heart toward you, and delighting
myself in things you hate. I don't want to go to hell; I really
want to be free of my sin. Dear God, I ask Jesus to come into
my heart and cleanse me of the guilt of my sins and give me
the power to overcome those sins. I want to be Your child and
learn of Your ways. Keep me from evil and save my soul. I am
asking to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord so that I
can experience God's love and plan for my life. Amen If you
said that prayer and meant it from your heart, you are now a
child of God. You will need to do four things faithfully every
day so you will grow in God.
Read God's Word daily.
need to read and study God's Word (the Bible) every day. This
is how you will learn about God's ways and how to overcome your
problems and troubles. His Word brings strength to your spiritual
nature. If you do not have a Bible, make your first prayer request
to God to supply you with one.
to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (II
thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose,
faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions,
which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions
I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and
all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving,
and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou
hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou
hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the
holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given
by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man
of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works"
(II Timothy 3:10-17).
Pray to God daily.
must fellowship and talk to God if we are to hear His guidance
and learn of His nature. We are promised that all of our needs
shall be met if we will only ask the Father in the name of Jesus.
whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the
Father may be glorified in the Son If ye shall ask any thing
in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments."
(John 14: 13-15)
ye first the kingdom of God , and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).
Fellowship with like believers daily.
the Lord to show you the people you are to pray and fellowship
with. He does not want you to be alone in your Christian walk.
We need one another's prayers, encouragement, and love to grow
let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good
works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as
the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much
the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Keep your heart pure before the Lord daily.
God to cleanse you of all sin and impure thoughts and motives.
Satan, our enemy, will try to break our fellowship with God
by getting us back into sin or trying to get us angry at God.
Guard against this by resisting the devil daily.
thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of
life" (Proverbs 4:23).
to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James