Gods word teaches us that in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. This is known as being saved,
(Saved from Hell
Being saved is not a question of how good you are, or if you are a church member.
In the Bible God gives us a simple plan of how to be saved, by being born again. Born as a new creation, into a new family, the family of God. One reference to this is John 3:7, where Jesus said to Nicodemus, Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
His plan is simple! You can be saved; you can be born again (right now, today). First, you must realize you are a sinner. Romans 3:23, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Because everyone sins, we are condemned to death, just like in a court of law. Romans 6:23 first half, For the wages of sin is death; This death since we all will have eternal life somewhere is eternal separation from God in Hell, a place He created for Satin and his followers. Hebrews 9:27, And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
But we have hope, God loved us so much he paid the price for our sins and pardons us form judgment IF we except this fact and turn from our sins. Romans 6:23 second half but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Notice the word GIFT! John 3:16, 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". 2 Corinthians 5:21, 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. Him of course, is Jesus.
Jesus had to shed His blood and die. Leviticus 17:11, For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Hebrews 9:22, And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
In the Old Testament God commanded of man sacrifices of blood to pay the price for his sins. God loved us and decided to supply man with the last sacrifice that was ever needed. Romans 5:8, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Its not hard to understand how my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus as He died in our place when He became our sacrifices. The Word of God is true, God does not lie.
Acts 17:30, And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:. This repentance is a change of mind, agreeing with God that everyone is a sinner, and also agrees that Jesus died for us on the Cross.
The jailer asked Paul and Silas: Acts 16:30, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?. Acts 16:31, "And they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Simply believe on Him as the one paid for your sin by dying in your place, that He was buried, and God resurrected Him. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as their Savior. John 1:12, But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:. Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved does not mean maybe, or can, but shall be saved".
IF you realize you are a sinner, you can right now, wherever you are, repent. Just lift your heart to God in prayer. Luke 18:13, And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. The sinner prayed: "God be merciful to me a sinner." (He probably felt he wasn't worthy to look upon God)
Just pray: "Oh, God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His blood was shed, He died, was buried, and then was resurrection for me. I now receive Him as my Savior."
Then remember to thank Him for the forgiveness of your sins, The gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of His merciful grace... Amen.
Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!
God's simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity dying in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you can receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.
1 Corinthians 10:13, There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it".
If you strive to do your part, God's power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God's promises. They never change.
After you are saved, there are a few things to practice for spiritual growth:
*Pray you talk to God.
*Read your Bible God talks to you.
*Witness you talk for God.
*You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then
*unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. 2 Timothy 1:8, Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Matthew 10:32, Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.