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Salvation is God’s gift to all mankind. Everyone is welcomed.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The liar, thief, fornicator, gossip, jealous, envious, sexually immoral, proud, ungodly, murderer, adulterer, etc. The sinner, no matter your sin, known and unknown, you are welcome. You qualify. In fact, it is because you are a sinner that you need salvation. You wouldn’t need it if you were not. Being a sinner is our qualification for the gift of salvation.
And all John 3:16 says to do is to Believe in Jesus and you will be saved and have eternal life. The work of salvation was finished on the cross and God does not need you to change and do some work before you receive him.
“Come as you are and believe”, says the gospel of Jesus Christ
Believe that Jesus paid for our sins once and for all and we are forgiven and made righteous. When we simply BELIEVE in our hearts that this is true, we are SAVED from perishing and will have eternal life.
Again, let’s read JOHN 3:16, this time read it very slowly and with open hearts.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
This is the message of the gospel that you and I ought to believe in and be saved by. The message that our faith ought to be rooted in. And it is the same message that we have to go out and preach to others so they may be saved.
Now let’s not stop at John 3:16. Let’s read ahead a bit for more understanding. Pay attention to the bolded words.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
You might ask,
“Why is it that all I simply have to do is believe the gospel message and I will be saved?”
Because like I mentioned earlier. It was because man disbelieved God and disobeyed him that sin and death came into the word. For us to be saved, redeemed and reconciled to God, God made it so simple that all you need do is now BELIEVE in the name of Jesus and the finished work of his grace in Christ Jesus.
You don’t have to confess all your sins because you can never recall all your sins. Even if you do recall all because you have awesome memories. What about the unknown sins that you committed not knowing they were sins? Yeah! There’s a lot we do that is ungodly and an eyesore before God.
You also do not need to confess that you believe in Jesus with your mouth or pray a salvation/sinner’s prayer to be saved. If we have to do that, how do the dumb people get saved? That wouldn’t be fair. And God is a fair God. So, he made it so simple that all we need do is believe with our hearts. For everyone has a heart. And the confession or prayer can come after if one is able to do it. It is simply an outward proclamation of what you ought to have FIRST Believed in your heart. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Romans 10:9-10 (GNT)
9 If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. 10 For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved.
The confession is an outward proclamation of the inward salvation that had already occurred by FAITH.
What about repentance?
Do I need to repent first to be saved?
Repentance simply means to change your mind. To change your thinking, heart, and attitude about something and turn towards something else. It does not mean to repent of your sins or ways. In fact, repentance can only occur after you have heard the message of the gospel and believe it. A change of heart. Faith comes by hearing. One does not repent today and believe tomorrow. It is, in fact, today’s believe of the gospel of Jesus Christ and today’s receiving of God’s gift of salvation that brings about immediate and subsequent repentance (change of mind) in Christ Jesus. So, one cannot truly be saved or claim to have believed the gospel if they haven’t changed their minds (repented) about other previous beliefs (or religions) or unbelief they had.
Jesus while on earth preached that men should repent.
17 From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 4:17 CSB)
He was not saying that they should repent of sins and replace it with “self-righteous works”, he was telling them to change their mind.
The apostles also preached severally that people should repent and believe the gospel.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
It is a change of heart/mind not of ways and works. However, it subsequently results in a change of ways. For our repentance and salvation should bear good fruits (we will take more on this later in the series).
So, you see darling that to be saved all you need to do is BELIEVE. HAVE FAITH.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
In Acts 16:30-31 when Paul and Silas were locked in the prison and they begin to praise and worship God and the doors were open. However, they did not leave. Seeing the doors open, the jailer thought for sure that they had left and was going to kill himself. But they called out to him and he was astonished. He said to Paul and Silas,
30 … “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
Believe in Jesus. Believe that he is the son of God and he died for your sins, was buried and was raised on the third day for your justification.
That is all you need to do to be saved.
Jesus finished the work of our salvation, redemption, forgiveness, and reconciliation to the Father on the cross. We don’t need to clean up ourselves, change our ways or earn our way into heaven.
All that is needed of us is to BELIEVE in the finished work of Christ on the cross and in His resurrection.
I know it sounds extremely simple and somewhat foolish and you may think you ought to do more than “believe” to be saved. But fortunately, all we need do is believe.
No more no less.
I hope and pray that you will make this life-changing decision today to BELIEVE in Jesus Christ with your heart.
If you believe in the death, burial of Jesus for your death and his resurrection for your eternal life.
Congratulations and Welcome to God’s family. You are saved.
Now, let’s affirm and confess it with our words.
Say with me
Dear Jesus Christ, I believe you died for my sins, you were buried and you rose again on the third day for my justification. Thank you for calling me unto yourself and sealing me with the Holy Spirit. I believe that I am a new creation. Old things are passed away and all things are new. AMEN.”
Salvation is yours.
You are a new creation.
Born again and made alive in Christ Jesus.
Eternal life is yours.
Believe it. Have faith.
John 14:6, Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 17: 2 -3 (TLB), “For you have given him authority over every man and woman in all the earth. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—by knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth!
John 1: 12, “ But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.”
1 John 5:1, Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of him.
This birth of the Spirit of God, salvation, is one that can never be broken.
Ephesians 1:13: “In him, you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed.”
Before you became saved, the Holy Spirit could not dwell in you because your spirit was dead. But the moment you received Jesus as your savior and believed in him. Your spirit was made alive and the Holy Spirit now dwells in you. Through the Holy Spirit, you are signed, sealed and delivered as a child of Abba. The Holy Spirit becomes your teacher, he reminds you of Jesus’s teaching, he convicts you, guides you and seals you till the day of Christ Jesus.
This is so beautiful and amazing.
Thank God for his love and grace to us.
If you got saved today, please reach out to me, I’ll love to know, rejoice with you, and help me as your journey in your relationship with God and grow. Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact us page.
In the next part, we will look more into salvation and righteousness by faith not works. Because I really want you to understand that your salvation and righteousness is by faith not works.
You are Eternally Loved.