Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
Some may ask what salvation is all about. What am I being saved from and what am I being saved to. Why do I need someone to save me?
To understand these honest questions I would ask you to search your heart and ask yourself some basic questions.
1) Do I want to know the truth about myself from God’s viewpoint?
According to the Bible we are all born in sin and as such we are not in a right standing with God. God our creator is holy. His character is without reproach and sin. As the creator he has the right to demand those who come to him to be holy too. The problem is that sin formed a barrier between us and the holy, righteous character of God.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
2) Do I understand the penalty of my sin?
Because we are sinners we stand condemned. This point usually rubs people the wrong way and here is where so many turn off the messenger. But please hear me out. We are not condemned because God hates us, but because God hates all sin. Sin is mankind’s rebellion toward God and it manifest itself in our thoughts; our words and in our deeds. Sin created a barrier between God and all mankind.
In the beginning when God created Adam and Eve he told them that the day they disobeyed him that they would surely die a double death. Their first death was instant spiritual death, and eventually they physically died, Genesis.2:17.
This spiritual physical death passed down to all mankind through Adam.
Romans 5:12 “ Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.”
We are all born spiritually dead. This is why Jesus Christ said in John 3:3-7 “ Ye must be born again.”
Jesus Christ willingly received the penalty and punishment for our sin as he was crucified. When he said on the cross, “it is finished” he had completed his mission on earth of paying for our sins. He thus forever removed the sin barrier between mankind and God. The issue now is not your sins as they have been paid for; the issue now is what do you do with Jesus Christ. Will you receive him as your Savior?
Rom.6”23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord.”
II Corinthians 5:21 “ For he hath made him who knew no sin , to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
3) Do I want the peace of God to reign in my life?
If you want God’s peace to reign in your life then sin must be removed. Do you want your sins removed? Do you want to know you are clean before God? Do you want to know you are acceptable to God forever? Then you must confess Jesus Christ as your Savior.
Rom.10:9 “ That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Rom.10:13 “ For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
4) What have I been saved from?
Rom.5:9 “ Much more then, being now justified [declared by God as righteous] by his blood [the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross] we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
I Thessalonians 5:9 “ For God hath not appointed us to wrath but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”
God does not want anyone to perish, but they will perish if they reject his Son, Jesus Christ. He came from heaven to pay the awful penalty for our sin.
The penalty is eternal damnation in the lake of fire where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth for all eternity. Some will say, how can a loving God do this to one of his creation? But the question should be, how could a loving God allow his perfectly sinless Son to suffer and die for our sins. How can we turn down the free salvation in Jesus Christ. When God sends a person to Hell after death this is simply God honoring that person’s decision to reject the Savior who has already paid the price for their sin. God creates us with free will and he honors our free will.
5) Does God want me to possess eternal life?
II Peter.3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promises, as some men count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
John 3:16 “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten [uniquely virgin born son] that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
I think it is clear that God wants you to have everlasting life. It is up to you now. God has done all can do for you. You cannot pay God for your salvation with good deeds or kind words or church attendance. You must accept Jesus Christ as your Savior if you plan on going to heaven. God will not make you believe.
6) Will you receive Jesus Christ today?
The Bible says “ Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
The Bible says…” behold now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation.” II Cor.6:2. Will you make this the day your soul becomes eternally saved?
If so, God is waiting to hear from you. Say to God the Father in a prayer..
1. I know that I am a sinner
2. I believe Jesus Christ your Son died for my sins and that he was buried and he rose from the dead.
3. I now receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior you are now in the family of God forever. Galatians 3:26 “ For ye are now the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Your name is now written in the Lamb’s book of life and it will never be blotted out. Your salvation is eternally secure. God will keep you and never let you go. When God sees you now he sees you in his Son whom you’ve accepted as your Savior. You are now kept by the power of God. To understand more about your new found faith check out the info on, “Now that I am a Christian”.