"Page last revised April 20, 1998"
"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent
beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds
should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in
Christ" 2 Corinthians 11:3
God is not the author of confusion. The Bible, when
rightly divided, will remove all confusion about this
important subject. God loves you. He desires your
salvation. Salvation is not some mystery that cannot be
understood. It is as simple as A B C.
A -ALL HAVE SINNED-THE PROBLEM OF SIN
There is one difference between the unsaved and
eternal life. It is his sin. You have sinned. We sin daily.
We will sin tomorrow and all the tomorrows of this life.
That is a serious problem. Sin must be dealt with. Isaiah
describes all of us. Isaiah 1:3-6 says: "The ox knoweth
his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel
doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah
sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of
evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have
forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy
One of Israel to anger, they are gone away
backward. Why should ye be stricken more? ye will
revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and
the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot
even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but
wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores..."
Romans 3:10-18 says: "There is none righteous, no,
not one: There is none that understandeth, there is
none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out
of the way, they are together become unprofitable;
there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their
throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they
have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their
lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and
misery are in their ways: And the way of peace
have they not known: There is no fear of God
before their eyes."
Your first step of responsibility toward salvation is to
have an overwhelming conviction that your sins are
great enough to send you to an eternal hell. If you don't
believe that, you will never be saved. Are you a sinner?
If you received the reward for your sins, would you
deserve to go to hell? To be saved means that we are
saved from the consequences of our sins. Those
consequences are eternal death and hell. Since all have
sinned, that is their fate.
B -BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS-
THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT
A gambler places his money where his faith is.
However, he may lose. The believer in Jesus Christ
places all his hope for eternity on Jesus Christ. He
cannot lose because Jesus did not lose. He has already
won! He never sinned. He also conquered death and the
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 says: For I delivered unto you
first of all that which I also received, how that Christ
died for our sins according to the scriptures; And
that he was buried, and that he rose again the third
day according to the scriptures: The Lord Jesus
died on the cross, went to the grave, arose and
ascended to heaven for you. Just as Adam brought sin
and death to you, Jesus brought forgiveness and
resurrection to life for you. The Bible says the reason we
sin is because we were in Adam when he disobeyed
God. Believe that. It also tells us that we were in Jesus
Christ when He died, was buried and rose again. Believe
that. He is our payment and eternal Life. He wants to be
yours. He can be when you accept Him by faith. Paul
told the Jailer that belief in Jesus Christ was the answer
to his salvation question. ... Sirs, what must I do to be
saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
(Acts 16:30-31). Notice that he did not tell him that
baptism, confirmation, church membership, the
sacraments, good works or a positive mental attitude
would bring salvation. He gave one simple answer and
any one can understand it.
Jesus Christ can pay for our sins because He is Holy.
He is God in the flesh! The songwriter, Isaac Watts
wrote: Alas! And did my Savior bleed: and did my
Sovereign die? Would He devote that sacred head for
such a worm as I? Charles Wesley wrote: Amazing
love! How can it be that Thou, my God, shouldst die for
me? All false religious systems teach their followers that
they merit salvation by what they do for their god or
gods. However, the Word of God teaches that we have
eternal life because of what our God did for us. He died
for us! Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. That is why we
are told in Acts 16:31 believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ, and thou shalt be saved.
C -CALL ON THE LORD-
THE PROCURING OF SALVATION
We may know these things and still not be saved.
There is one other important step. It is found in Romans
10:9-11. It says: ...if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in heart
that God hath raised him he dead, thou shalt be
saved. For with the heart man believeth unto
righteous; and with the mouth confession is made
unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever
believeth on him shall not be ashamed. You can
call without believing, but you cannot truly believe
without calling. Below are some examples of the A B C's
of salvation. Notice that each person realized his
condition. Second, each man believed Jesus Christ
would save him. Finally each called. Notice. And he
said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when comest
into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I
say unto To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
(Luke 23:42-43). And the publican, standing afar off,
would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven,
but smote upon his breast, saying, God merciful to
me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his
house justified rather than the other: for every one
that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that
humbleth himself shall be exalted. (Luke 18:13-14).
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was
afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord,
save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth
his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou
of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (Matthew
14:30-31). Your salvation is just as simple.
A- Admit that you are a sinner.
B - Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished
work of salvation for you.
C - Call on Him today and accept His salvation gift. Will
you receive Jesus today?
If you have trusted the Lord Jesus as your Savior,
please EMAIL and let me know. I will rejoice with you. If
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