The Bible is very clear about man’s need for God, an eternal destiny after this life, and how God has provided the only way of salvation through Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches the following truths:
1. God is Holy.
This means that God is perfect in every way.
“Your way, O God, is holy.” Psalm 77:13a
“Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His holy hill, for holy is the LORD our God.” Psalm 99:9
2. We are all sinful.
Sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we entertain. We also sin when we fail to do right things.
“for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
3. Sin separates man from God.
“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
4. This sinful separation from God brings death and eternal judgment.
“for the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23a
“when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” James 1:15b
“These will go away into eternal punishment” Matthew 25:46
“These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” 2 Thessalonians 1:9
5. You cannot save yourself by doing good things.
“because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight.” Romans 3:20b
6. Jesus, God’s son, was sinless, and died for you. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross fulfilled the need for a perfect sacrifice to pay for sin. His resurrection provides eternal salvation and life to those who believe and put their faith in Him. Trust in Christ is the only means to salvation.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6
“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18
“But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.” Acts 2:24
“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:10
“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
7. Prayer is personal communication with God.
“The LORD has heard my supplication, The LORD receives my prayer.” Psalm 6:9
“Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth.” Psalm 54:2
If you understand these biblical truths and wish to receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God through prayer. Prayer should be personal. Although there is no standard prayer, here is an example prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.”
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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation.