Salvation in the Bible
Our Bibles give more than one term for being saved.
Basically these terms are used for the same experience.
You must remember that salvation is of the Lord. It is a supernatural miracle performed by God because He loves you and has provided salvation for you by sending Jesus to die for you on the cross. When you come as a needy sinner to God, Who loves you, you come by faith, with an imperfect knowledge. Some of these things will be clear before you are saved, and some of these things will become clear after you are saved, and you submit to God and His Word, the Bible.
It is encouraging to realize that you are not saved by what you bring to God, but that you come to God and receive what He has already provided for you.
Thomas, Jesus' disciple, put this question to Jesus the night before His crucifixion.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Since Jesus is the Way to the Father, How do you get to Jesus? Take the "Roman's Road."
The book of Romans in our Bibles presents clear directions to salvation. Let's open our Bibles and mark some verses that will guide you in the Way of salvation.
As it is written, 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.
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
These verses show us our condition (under the Law) and need of salvation and forgiveness of sin.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This verse shows us that death is the penalty for being a sinner and for our sins committed. Now we need Someone worthy of paying the penalty of sin.
But God commendeth (demonstrated) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Now call on the Lord to be saved!
Pray a similar prayer like this, or use this prayer.
Dear Father I come to you as a sinner in need of the salvation which You provided for me, when Jesus died in my place on the cross. Save me for Jesus sake, forgive all of my sin, and give me eternal life. Receive me as Your child, give me the gift of the Holy Spirit, and come into my life and take control of my life. Give me the assurance of salvation by Your Word the Bible and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in my life. Thank You Father, in Jesus Name, Amen.
Now tell someone and invite someone else to Jesus.
Thanks to Pastor Wilbur Schoneweis for use of this track
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