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Plan of Salvation

Salvation | by admin | April 22, 2009
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1. God Loves You!

God created us to be His Children and His Friends.

God created people with perfect bodies and minds that would never get sick or die.  He put them in a perfect, beautiful garden where there was no pain or sorrow.  He even gave them the ability to think for themselves and make their own decisions because He wanted to have real relationships with thinking, intelligent people not puppets, pets or slaves.

God Loves you the way a good father loves his child. He cares about you. He wants good for you and most of all He wants to have a close personal relationship with you.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27)

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)

“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31)

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  (Revelation 4:11)

2. All Have Sinned!

We have all knowingly chosen to disobey God

God gave us rules to protect us from doing things that would hurt us or others.  The way any caring father would with his children.  He wrote these rules in the Bible but He also wrote these rules in our hearts and minds.  We all instinctively know what is right and wrong because our conscience tells us but we have all chosen to intentionally disobey God.  If we are honest with ourselves we can all think of at least one thing we have done that we knew was wrong when we did it.  This act of rebellion against God is called sin.

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat”, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”  (Genesis 2:16-17)

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (I John 1:8, 10)

“Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.” (Romans 2:15)

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

3. The Penalty for Sin is Pain, Death and Hell!

God loves us but we are responsible for our own actions.

The first people ever created sinned and infected themselves, the world, and all their descendants with the consequences of sin or what could be called “sin nature”.  Sin nature is like a disease we have all inherited from our parents.  There is no cure for this disease in this life.  You will feel pain, you will get sick, and your body will eventually die.

“Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12)

As terrible as the inherited physical consequences of sin can be there is something far worse and it’s called Hell.  Hell is a physical lake of fire where un-forgiven sinners are eternally separated from God.  It is a place of total darkness, absolute loneliness, and unbelievable pain that never ends.  God loves us and doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell but He is perfect.  He must enforce the laws He made or He wouldn’t be honest and fair.  One sin no matter how small or big committed by someone able to understand what they are doing is enough to be found guilty and sentenced to Hell forever.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27)

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

4. Jesus Lived a Perfect Life!

Jesus understands your pain and struggles.

Jesus came to Earth born of a virgin named Mary.  Mary

wasn’t perfect but she was a true and faithful servant of God.

Jesus chose to be born into a poor family and grew, the way other children grow, into a man.   He lived a simple life working as a carpenter until He was approximately 30 years old.  He then began to preach and teach about why He left Heaven and came to Earth.  While He lived here as one of us He

experienced hunger, thirst, pain, sadness, rejection, mocking, betrayal, financial problems and even temptation but HE NEVER SINNED!  He lived an absolutely perfect life.

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:   But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb 4:15-16)

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  (John 14:6)

“And the Word (Jesus) was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

5. Jesus Died to Pay for All Sins!

God loves us so much that He took the punishment we deserved.

Jesus taught that He is God, that He is the only way to Heaven and that He, the Father and the Holy Spirit are all one.  He also explained to the people that He was the one written about in the Old Testament.  The one who had and would deliver all who put their faith in Him from their sin.  This very much an- gered the hypocritical religious leaders because it undermined their authority and control over the people.  These religious leaders liked having the people depend on them to get to God.  Jesus taught He was the only way to God and that anyone can come to Him directly because He and the Father are one.

The religious leaders decided to have Jesus put to death to silence Him.  At the age of 33 Jesus

allowed himself to be humiliated, tortured, nailed to a cross and murdered.  He knew it was the only way He could make a way for all of us to have an opportunity to be forgiven of all our sins,  restore our relationship with God, have true peace and live forever.  When you break the law there is a punishment that must be served or a fine to be paid.  When Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood He took upon Himself the blame, the judgment and the punishment for every sin ever committed by every person who has ever lived or will ever live.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

“But God commendeth (proved) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him” (Romans 5:8, 9)

6. Jesus Rose Again!

Jesus is so strong and loves us so much that not even death and Hell could keep Him from coming back for us.

When the Roman soldiers and religious leaders were totally  sure that Jesus was dead they allowed the lifeless body of

Jesus to taken and placed in a tomb.  Everyone was very sad and some began to doubt that Jesus was who He said, but after 3 days He rose from the dead and proved that He is God.

Jesus is the only one who conquered sin, death, and hell, and rose from the dead.  He knows we don’t have the ability to stop sinning without Him.  He wants you just as you are.

“Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.”  (Romans 4:25)

“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.” (Ephesians 4:7-10)

“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: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once…”  (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22)

7. The Ultimate Gift!

God is offering you total forgiveness, friendship and eternal life.

In the Bible God often relates His feelings for us to that of a father for his children, a husband for his wife or a friend for his friend.  In all of these relationships there is one thing that is in common LOVE!  God loves you!  He knows everything you have done and thought but He still loves you.  He wants good for you even when it doesn’t seem like it.  He is not looking for reasons to punish us or ways to torture us but rather He made a way to save us from ourselves.  He died to pay the penalty for all our sins.  All we have to do is humble ourselves and take the gift He has made for us.

“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)

We receive His gift by faith through prayer.   It is so simple even a child can do it and yet so hard most never will because it means humbling yourself. All you have to do is admit to Him you are a sinner, tell him you are sorry and ask Him to pay your debt with the death of Jesus.  You could say something like this but the words don’t really matter because He knows your heart:

My Heavenly Father,

I have sinned against you and I am sorry.

Please apply the death of Jesus as the payment for the punishment I

deserve.

Thank you for dying for me and help me to live for you from now on!

In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.

Amen

Congratulations! If you prayed that prayer and meant it in your heart then you have been born again.  You are now forgiven of every sin you have ever committed or will ever commit.  You will spend an eternity in heaven with God and nothing can change that! Not even you.

Assurance

God wants you to know that He Loves you, He forgives you and He will never let you go.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

“Whosoever” includes YOU.   “shall be saved” “might be saved if they are good?” No!  It says SHALL BE SAVED!

God is holding onto us.  It’s not about us holding onto Him.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”  (John 10:27-30)

God is more powerful then anything and loves us more then anything.

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:38-39)

God wants us to know for sure that we are saved.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  (1 John 5:11-13)

What Next?

Build your relationship with God.

There was nothing you could do to pay for your sin and

restore your relationship with God but to put your faith in the death of Jesus to pay for your sins. However, there are some things you can do to improve your relationship with Him and change the way you think about yourself and others.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.”   (Ephesians 2:8-9)

“We love him, because he first loved us.”  (1 John 4:19)

Join a Local Church – Fellowship with other believers in a bible believing church. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)

Be Baptized – As a symbol of what Jesus did for you. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:…” (Acts 2:41)

Witness - Tell others about what Jesus did for you. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19)

Read your Bible – Don’t trust your emotions and feelings. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (I Peter 2:2)  (start with the book of John)

Pray – Talk to God and ask Him for the things you need. “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)

Still not sure?  Please read these warnings from God before you go:

“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”  (Isaiah 55:6)

“And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”  (Luke 12:19-20)

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27)

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