How to be savedJuly 12, 2021 2021-07-15 7:51
How to be saved
How to be Saved
Salvation is a free gift to mankind and cannot be bought, worked for or transferred to someone else, it is purely a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (John 15:4-5)
After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians and transformed him from Saul to the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:1-31).
Paul then separated himself for three years into the deserts of Arabia where Jesus taught and revealed to him (Galatians 1:11-12) the gospel of our salvation (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) in the dispensation of grace (Ephesians 3:2-13). This is the gospel that we are supposed to put our faith in for our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).
The Order of Salvation:
1. Accept that you’re a sinner in need of a savior.
- We have all sinned against God (Romans 3:23) and deserve to die (Romans 6:23)
- Because we are from the lineage of Adam who sinned against God (Genesis 5:3)
- We cannot save ourselves (Romans 3:20) no matter the effort we put in (Galatians 2:16)
- And any good works that we apply in effort to get to God are counted as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)
- Our sins have separated us from God and this separation from the giver of life means eternal death in in hell (Isaiah 59:2)
- Because the wrath of God is waiting upon every sinner (Colossians 3:6)
2. Hear the gospel.
- We need to hear the good news on how that Christ died, for our sins, was buried and rose again, according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
- Jesus died by shedding his blood for our sins (Ephesians 1:7)
- Because without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22)
- Since the life of the flesh is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11), the payment of sin can only be paid through shedding of blood which results in death (Romans 6:23)
- But Jesus shed his blood for us so that we would not need to shed our own blood (Isaiah 53:5)
- When we place our faith in his shed blood we receive the payment of our sins (Romans 3:25)
- And after we get saved, the Holy Spirit is immediately sealed in us (Ephesians 1:13) as an assurance of our heavenly inheritance (Ephesians 1:14)
- This Holy Spirit will not leave us until the day that our flesh is redeemed and glorified (Ephesians 4:30) because Jesus promised this to us (John 14:18).
- We now have full assurance of our salvation (2 Timothy 1:12) because when we got saved we died with Christ and our lives are now safely hidden by God (Colossians 3:3) and he is faithful enough to keep us from falling until we get to heaven (Jude 1:24)
- The bible is our constant reminder that we are saved (1 John 5:13) and Jesus is our advocate in case we sin in the flesh (1 John 2:1) who always prays and takes care of us (Romans 8:34) because we are his sheep and he is our shepherd (John 10:27-30) and he will never leave or forsake us (Romans 8:38-39) even when we lack faith (2 Timothy 2:13)
3. Understand the Gospel.
- We must understand what we are believing (Acts 28:27)
- Because in order to be saved, we need to understand from our hearts not just from our minds (Matthew 13:15)
- Unless we open our hearts to understand the gospel, we will remain blind (John 12:40) and the gospel will be hidden from us by Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4)
- Therefore, we need to ask God to open the eyes of our hearts (Ephesians 1:18) so that we may understand the gospel and not be ashamed of it (Romans 1:16)
- If we lack understanding (Jeremiah 5:21) it will not be possible for us to be converted and to have our sins forgiven (Mark 4:12)
- Therefore, understanding is vital because it gives us faith which is the only required component for our salvation, so let’s strive to get understanding before we believe (Proverbs 4:7)
4. Believe the Gospel.
- Faith is what is needed so that you can get saved (John 3:16-18)
- Because without faith it’s impossible to please God and get saved (Hebrews 11:6)
- Unless we have faith in the shed blood of Jesus, we cannot be saved (Romans 3:25, Ephesians 1:7)
- When we place our faith in the finished work of Jesus at the cross and in his blood, our debt of sin gets fully paid once and for all (Hebrews 9:28)
- We become justified form any past, present or future guilt of sin (Romans 5:9) and we become spiritually alive (John 6:53) and cleansed (1 John 1:7)
- We are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7) and spared from God’s wrath (Romans 5:9)
- And now we are no longer cursed (Galatians 3:13) but instead we have been officially declared righteous by God (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- No one can raise a finger and condemn us anymore (Romans 8:1) because we have been washed and cleansed from every evil conscience of sin (Hebrews 10:22) and granted full liberty in Christ Jesus who redeemed us from the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1)
- Confession is an outward expression of an inner decision, a simple way of telling God what we have already believed in our hearts (Romans 10:9-14)
- Through confession, the intents of the heart are made manifest (Philippians 4:6) because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34)
- Every issue in the heart is made known through confession (Proverbs 4:23) and out of our confessions we make our standing known (Psalms 14:1)
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