Salvation Through Christ: A Matter of FAITH
What do you think it takes for someone to get to Heaven? Is it luck? Good deeds? Nothing at all? Or is there something more? The Bible has the real answer to this question. It's a matter of FAITH.
F stands for FORGIVENESS. We cannot have eternal life without God's forgiveness. Ephesians 1:7 says, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”
A is for AVAILABLE. Forgiveness is available for all. John 3:16 says, “ 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.” But forgiveness is not automatic. "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. " says Matthew 7:21a.
I is for IMPOSSIBLE. It is impossible for God to allow sin into Heaven because of who He is and because of who we are. God is loving and just, but His judgment is against sin. James 2:13a says, "For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. ." We are sinful people. Romans 3:23 tells us, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." It is also impossible for us to save ourselves through good deeds. Ephesians 2:8-9 says "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
T is for TURN. To turn means to repent. We can repent -- or turn -- from our sin and from ourselves. "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish," Luke 13:3 says. We can also turn to Someone. Turn to Jesus alone as your Savior and Lord: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me," (John 14:6). Romans 10:9-10 tells us how: " 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.”
H is for HEAVEN. Heaven is eternal life. Here on earth, that means life to its fullest: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.," (John 10:10b). In the hereafter, it means the promise spending eternity with Christ: "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also," (John 14:3).
So how can a person have God's forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord? By trusting in Christ and asking Him for forgiveness.
Take the step of faith described by another meaning of FAITH: Forsaking All I Trust Him.
You do this through a simple prayer reflecting your desire for Christ to change your life. You don't need fancy words--only an honest heart. You can pray something like this:
Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and have displeased You in many ways. I believe You died for my sin, and only through faith in Your death and resurrection can I be forgiven. I want to turn from my sin and ask You to come into my life as my Savior and Lord. From this day on, I will follow You by living a life that pleases You. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving me. Amen.
Accepting Christ is just the beginning of a wonderful adventure with God! Get to know Him better in a number of ways:
Follow Christ's example in baptism.
Join a church where you can worship God and grow in your faith.
In your church, get involved in Sunday School and Bible study.
Begin a daily personal worship experience with God where you study the Bible and pray.
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