True Biblical Salvation

I have talked with too many people who have “asked Jesus…” but have an incorrect understanding of who they are and what God’s standards are.  If you asked Jesus into your heart, you need to answer these questions.

What do you think of yourself?  Do you think you deserve Hell?  Alot of people think that just because Jesus died, they “deserve” Heaven, but the Bible says something completely different.  The Bible says you are a rebellious, wicked CRIMINAL who deserves punishment.  Your sins are not simple mistakes, but deliberate crimes against a perfect God.  The laws you have broken are His 10 commandments.

God’s standard is so high, that He sees lust to be adultery (matt 5:28) and unrighteous anger to be murder (1jn 3:15).  The reason you need to see yourself like this is that God hates self righteousness.  Only a drowning man will reach for help and only a broken man, humbled by the personal nature of his sin, will reach for a savior.  Scripture says that the sacrifices to God are a humble heart and a contrite spirit (Ps 51:17).

A broken, contrite heart leads to repentance.  The Bible says in 2 Cor 7:10 that “godly sorrow works repentance”.  This is not only a change of mind, but a change of heart and a change of direction.  Repentance means forsaking your sin.  This does not mean perfection, Christians do sin, but this does mean that you don’t dive into sin any more, you don’t seek it out.

But repentance alone wont save you.  If a murder says he is sorry, that doesn’t cut with the judge.  You need someone to pay your fine.  Well, Jesus Christ, God in human form, did just that.  He suffered and died on a cross and took the punishment you deserved.  Sin must be punished, so his wrath was poured out on Jesus Christ so that you could be reconciled to God.  You dont “accept” Jesus, the Father did that 2000 years ago.  What you must do is put your faith in him, not just believe with your mind, but put your life in his hands.  Like you would put your faith in a parachute to save you from a 20,000ft plunge.

If you will repent, and put your faith in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, then God will save you.  Salavtion is a gift given by God, (Ps 3:8) not a decision you make.  I heard someone say that there are two wings that fly us to the savior, repentance and faith.  There is NO OTHER WAY TO FIND SALVATION!

Published in: on October 1, 2008 at 7:55 am  Leave a Comment  

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