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God’s Plan of Salvation

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    • If you were to ask me why I created this blog, my off the cuff answer would be that I want to encourage others while sharing my heart about my relationship with God.  The real answer goes much deeper than that!

Ultimately, my desire is that those who do not know Christ as their personal Savior will come to a saving knowledge of Him and accept Him as their Lord and Savior.

You may have heard catchy phrases about salvation, or been invited to “ask Jesus into your heart”.  But what does that mean?  The Bible has many, many verses about salvation.  I am going to include just a few here.  I pray that if you do not already know Christ, you will take a few moments to read these verses.  Think about what they mean. Understand that Jesus loves you and desires to call you His child.  A relationship with Jesus will give you so much more than you can even hope for from this world.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” ~ Romans 3:23

This is a difficult truth for many to handle, but I think we can all agree that we do wrong things.  We cannot be like God, Who is perfect.  We fall short.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” ~ Romans 6:23

This is an even more difficult truth.  We all sin, and sin separates us from God.  In fact, because sin is wrong, it requires a punishment.  The “death” that the Bible speaks of is eternal separation from God.  Our physical bodies are not struck down when we sin (though we do often suffer the physical consequences of our sinful choices) but rather, our souls will receive the punishment for our sin. This is where Heaven and Hell come in.  If we are not saved, we will spend eternity in Hell – forever separated from God.  BUT THIS IS NOT WHAT GOD WANTS!  You’ll notice that second part of that verse is about ‘the gift of God’,  He has a much better plan for us because…

“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.” ~ John 3:16

Many people have this mental picture of a vengeful God who spends His time raining down judgment on the world.  While God does hate sin, He loves us.  He desires for us to live forever with Him in Heaven.  That sin we talked about earlier?  It still requires a punishment.  Because God loves us, He gave His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for us.  Jesus willingly died a horrible death on the cross for us, for YOU, to pay the price for sin.  That would seem like the end of the story, but Jesus rose again the third day!

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Jesus DID pay the price for your sin, but there is one more thing you need to know.  Like the Phillipian jailer in the book of Acts, you might ask, “What must I do to be saved?” The answer is simple:

“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” ~ Acts 16:31

Believe that you are a sinner, know that Jesus took your place on the cross to pay the price for those sins and make a decision to follow Him as your Lord and Savior.  If you make a decision to accept Christ as your personal Savior, know that you will not be alone in your Christian journey.  Jesus promised that God would send a helper.  Someone who would be with us here on earth after  He ascended back to Heaven.

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” ~ John 14:26

When I got saved, I had one question:  What do I do now?  Unfortunately, the person who counseled me after my profession of faith did not have an answer.  Here are just a few things that I wish they would have told me:

  • Read the Bible. The Holy Spirit will help you understand what you are reading.  Pray about the passages you read, ask God to help you to understand better.  He will reveal Himself to you through the Scriptures.
  • Find a Bible believing church and attend regularly.  You will learn so much!
  • Get baptized.  Soon!  This is your public profession that you are a follower of Christ.

I pray that these words have blessed you and have changed your life.!  I welcome your comments, sharing of your salvation experiences, and questions!

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