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Steps to Salvation
To begin your new life in Christ, take the following steps. Be confident that, when you have done these simple things, God has done his work in you and you belong to God. You are now an heir of God and joint-heir with Jesus Christ.
- Recognize you are separated from God. Because of Adam's treason in the Garden of Eden, all mankind is born into sin. This is the source of the evil and selfishness in the world. Admitting you are a sinner is the first step toward salvation.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23 (NIV)
- Recognize the end result of sin is death. Sin's penalty, or rather, the final product of sin in a life, or in the world, is death. God's free gift is life eternal; the choice of life or death is ours.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (NIV)
- Believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess out loud with your mouth Jesus as Lord of your life-you will be saved. This seems too simple to be true, but it's all that's required to be saved or 'born again.' Some find this hard, thinking they have to 'do' something, but God has done all the work in Christ. There is nothing we can do to bring about our own salvation-that's the point. We have to receive it as a free gift, wholly contingent on God's work and grace.
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
Romans 10:9-11 (NIV)
- Recognize you are now different from the world. When we accept God's free gift of eternal life, we no longer belong to the world and its ways. We are born into a new life. The remainder of our time in this world is spent retraining our thinking to hear God's voice and learning His ways. This is done by reading the Bible and prayer.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
Pray this prayer;
Heavenly Father, I know I am a sinner, separated from you. I believe you sent your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sin and I now receive his sacrifice as payment for my sin. I believe you raised Jesus from the dead and he is now in heaven with you and will come one day to take me home to be with you. I confess that Jesus is Lord of my life for the rest of my life. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus' name.
Begin to develop your relationship with your Heavenly Father by reading His word, which tells us His will and plans, and by talking with Him in prayer and taking time to listen in your heart to His response. Join with other believers to receive encouragement and teaching in the things of the Lord. God bless you in your new life.
Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
Galatians 4:6-7 (NIV)
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What does it mean to be "Born Again?"
Jesus introduces the term in John, chapter 3, when speaking with the Jewish scholar, Nicodemus.
Jesus replied, "I assure you, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3
When Nicodemus asked what he meant by this, Jesus explained that natural birth gives life to natural man, but the spiritual man must be birthed by the Spirit of God.
"Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, what is born of the Spirit is spirit." John 3:5-6
This says that a natural man, one born once, is only half-born.To be fully birthed, or to be fully the man (or woman) God created us to be, we must be born again by the Spirit of God.
When we use the term "accepting Christ,” we mean accepting the work of Calvary-the totality of what Jesus accomplished there.
Three things happened at Calvary, we can call them the three steps of Calvary, or the Three Steps of Salvation.
- Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day
Paul outlines this for us in 1 Corinthians, chapter 15.
"Now brothers, I want to clarify for you the Gospel I proclaimed to you;...
- That Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures,
- That He rose again the third day according to the scriptures."
So, we see that we must accept the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in order to be truly saved, or born again.
How do we do this?
- We accept His death by Repentance, or dying to self. True repentance is more than regret or sorrow for past actions, it is a decision to turn away from selfish living and begin living a life centered around God's will. 2 Corintians 5:15 Christ died for everyone. He died so that those who live should not live for themselves anymore. They should live for Christ.
- We accept His burial by identifying with Him in water baptism. Romans 6:4 We were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.
- We accept His resurrection by accepting the power of the Holy Spirit-or Holy Ghost-working in our lives. John 16:13 "When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own. He will speak only what He hears, and he will tell you what is still going to happen."
It is the Spirit of God, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, who will transform our mortal bodies in an instant when Christ returns for His bride, the Church, at the last trumpet sound.
And if the spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life by His Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11
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