“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: 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 15:1-4).
Christianity isn’t a “religion”. It isn’t meant to chain you down with a bunch of do’s and don’ts. The focus isn’t on how many times you go to church, or how often you donate to the needy, or how well you can perform in God’s eyes; the focus is on Christ and his finished work on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9). He didn’t come to establish a religion with dozens of differing sects but to tear the veil between man and God and re-establish a relationship with God through him (Matthew 27:50-51).
The bible makes it very clear that when we die there are 2 eternal destinations for man eternal life with God through Christ, or eternity apart from God at the lake of fire. This is based on if we either accept or reject God’s free gift of salvation. We can see the Gospel communicated in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, that Christ died for the sins of humanity, was buried, and rose again on the 3rd day in victory. In doing so he freed us from the debt of sin we owed to God by paying for it himself in full. How do you respond to the Gospel?
Admit you’re a Sinner
As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one,'” (Romans 3:10)
The bible tells us in Romans 3:10 that no one is righteous. No one is a “good” person. No amount of “good” deeds (prayer, giving to the poor, fasting, going to church) will make us right in God’s eyes because we are sinful, “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags..,” (Isaiah 64:6).
Through Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden of Eden all of mankind has fallen and is now sinful. This sin is what separates us from God for all eternity. Romans 3:23 tells us “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. The bad news is that the penalty of this sin is death. All the sin we have ever committed and will ever commit is done against God, “Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight—That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge,” (Psalm 51:4). Because he is just and holy he must punish sin. Due to this we all have been given a “death” penalty that must be paid.
God must punish sin but at the same time because God is love he wants no one to perish. God’s love for humanity and his righteous judgment against sin intersects at the cross where he poured out his wrath on Jesus so that through that we may have the righteousness of God imputed to us. The good news is Jesus paid this penalty in our stead freeing us from this debt, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Romans 6:23).
Believe Jesus is Lord
“And he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household'”, (Acts 16:30-31)
The only thing that can save us is to place our trust in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. We must believe that he is who he says he is and that he came to do what he said he did. This is not to have a “head knowledge” of what is written in the bible, but you need to truly believe from your heart.
Confess with your Mouth
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation, (Romans 10:9-10)
All you need to do is believe in your heart that Jesus is who is says he is, that he died on the cross and rose again 3 days later and confess that belief with your mouth, and you will be sealed with the holy spirit. It’s that simple, “For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved,” (Romans 10:13)
“For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive,” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)
If you’ve made your decision today to become part of God’s family, I congratulate you! You’ve made the most important decision of this life and for your eternal life to come. Through Christ’s sacrifice we can be encouraged and rest in the assurance that if we we were to even pass today, we will be with him for the rest of eternity, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast,” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- “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)
- “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved,” (Acts 4:12)
- “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8)