Becoming a Christian
We have all probably heard the verse in the Bible "For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
So what does this really mean? That question can be the key to lead us to an understanding of how to receive salvation. Let's look at it closely.
"For God so loved the world..."
God created this wonderful earth, He created all the creatures of the air, land and sea. He gave light during the day and even light to shine at night. The same God who created all of that also created man. He gave man a chance to live in a paradise of a world and to have an amazing personal relationship with God himself.
"That he gave his only-begotten Son..."
A problem occurred in this beautiful paradise. Man was tempted by the serpent to eat of the one fruit that God said not to and sure enough he did. What happened became a problem that you and I still face. Man became separated from the perfection of God. A gulf now divided us and the Lord. For years a sacrificial system was set in place to ask for forgiveness of our sins. A blood offering was given to pay the debt and trespasses of man. The problem is there wasn't a payment in this world big enough or abundant enough to pay for my sins alone. To illustrate this I'll use the Ten Commandments, God's Holy Law, to show what our sin is.
"Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness..."
Have you ever told a lie? You can tell the truth, no one can read your mind right now.
"Thou Shall Not Steal"
Have you ever stolen anything, even a tiny little item?
"Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery"
This is a sexual act outside of marriage. To make this one even broader, Jesus tells us that if we even look with lust in our hearts we are guilty of adultery. I have never met anyone who hasn't lusted at some point.
"Thou Shall Not Kill"
Whew, finally an easy one, right? Not so fast. In 1 John chapter 3 it tells us that anyone who hates his brother is guilty of murder. Have you ever had hate in your heart towards someone?
See these are just four of the "Ten Commandments" and we stand guilty of our sins. If we appear before God knowing that we have broken His divine law and it is judgment day, would He find us guilty or innocent in our sins? We have a choice of one of two places to spend eternity. One is called Hell. This the is th place of eternal torment, where according to Mark chapter 9 "The worm does not die and the fire is never quenched." Or the other place is Heaven, a place of many rooms, a place of rejoicing, and the place where God himself dwells. That is where I want to go. So God sent His only son, to come to earth and be a perfect, sinless, sacrifice to pay for our debt. Jesus died on the cross, a horrible and terrible death, for something that he didn't do. He paid the price for us to be able to be saved from an eternity in Hell, which we all deserve. He paid the price so we can have an eternal relationship with God once again. Wow!
"That Whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life."
Now here is the dilemma we face. We now have a choice to make. The choice is "do I believe or don't I?" Three days after Jesus was crucified on the cross an amazing thing happened. He rose from the grave. Death couldn't hold him. He came back to give us hope and assurance that we too can rise and live again. This is a great scripture that shows us how to be saved and have everlasting life: Romans 10:9 "if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
Do you want to be saved and have an eternity with Jesus? Then confess that He is Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead. My prayer is that you will call out to God and confess your sins, let God know that you will run from your sins, and tell Him that you believe in who Jesus Christ is. If you do this please let us know so that we can rejoice with you.