Gospel

Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God. He offers the gift through Jesus Christ, His Son, by laying down His life on the Cross. Christ took our place and paid the ultimate price, the penalty for our sin – death. Jesus is our only way to God.

John 14:6  “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.” (NLT)

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (NIV)

Have you felt the “tug” of God on your heart? God’s plan for our salvation is much simpler than we think. It is God’s plan that all of us should be saved and none should perish. Regular members of the church have heard me discuss these steps a number of times in sermons, but let’s take a look at each in detail.

This great salvation requires only FIVE STEPS! Click through each of these steps:

Step 1: Admit

Admit you are a sinner and turn away from your sin.

Acts 3:19 says: “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (NIV)

Here, Repent literally means “a change of mind that results in a change of action.” To repent, then, means to admit you are a sinner. You change your mind to agree with God that you are a sinner. The resulting “change in action” is, of course, the turning away from sin.

Step 2: Confess

The second step to salvation is Confession. But what shall we confess? Some Christians feel that a public remuneration of each sin is a requirement and that an official intermediary between you and God is necessary for the forgiveness of those sins. While we should all take a continuous inventory of our transgressions against God’s laws and seek to improve our “track record,” this is not what we mean by confession.

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You are a sinner. I am a sinner. We are all, by our human nature, sinners. We are unique of God’s creations in that we are both physical and spiritual beings. Because we are blessed with a soul, we are spiritual creations of God and have the capacity to recognize, worship, and glorify Him. However, because we are physical beings, we are inherently flawed, and the physical portion of our nature causes an internal battle between our spiritual desires to glorify God (living by the Spirit), and our physical desires to glorify ourselves (living of the flesh).

Because of this conflict between our spiritual and earthly desires, we will never meet God’s perfect standards. But there is a good news! “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. (John 3:16-17)

The second step to God’s salvation in Christ is to CONFESS that you are a sinner, that you do not deserve His salvation, and that you need His grace and forgiveness in order to be saved.

Step 3: Believe

The next step toward salvation is to BELIEVE that:

a) We are powerless against sin.

b) Living a life for the flesh will result in our eternal death, and

c) God loves us enough to pay the price of our sin by sacrificing His only Son by sending Him to live amongst us, teach us His message of love, and die a most painful, tortuous death on the Cross of Calvary.

Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

We cannot do it alone! We need God’s love and grace for salvation. And most importantly, we will NEVER truly deserve His salvation through our works. We will receive His salvation through His Love and Grace alone, which is more than enough for our eternal life.

Step 4: Repent

It is not enough to say “I’m sorry” when you have wronged someone, especially if you know that you will commit the same offense tomorrow. God does not want us to spend our lives on Earth feeling guilty because we sin. He wants us to recognize the hold of a sinful nature on our lives and actively turn away from sin.

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God wants us to REPENT from our sinful ways, literally, to turn away from living for the flesh and to turn toward living by the Spirit.

“Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.” (Ezekiel 18:30)

God wants us to spend our eternity with Him in Heaven. He wants us to be joyful. He wants us to live fruitful and fulfilling lives on this Earth, with an even more rewarding eternal life in heaven.

By REPENTING from our sinful ways, we are acknowledging that we are sinners and that we have committed offenses against God. We are admitting that we have failed to meet God’s perfect standard. But more than this, we are also taking stock of our lives and understanding that these sins are harmful to us on an eternal scale, and we are making a personal commitment to focus our lives living by the Spirit rather than living for the flesh.

But do not be discouraged. It is important to know that we cannot live perfectly in accordance to God’s standard of perfection. Our life on Earth is but a growth stage to prepare us for an eternal life. Because we are growing and maturing in Christ, we will fall short of the mark. How can we grow if we have nothing for which to strive?

Step 5: Receive

RECEIVE Christ in your life means more than merely saying that “I know the Bible” or “I believe in Christ.” Truly RECEIVING Christ into your heart and life means to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Accepting Jesus as your Lord means that you are subjecting yourself to God’s sovereignty over us all. Because Jesus is Lord, does that mean we are no longer under the rule of man? Jesus Himself has something to say about this:

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Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18)

Accepting Jesus as your Lord means that you will submit yourself to a higher standard. You will live your daily life by the Sprit, rather merely than by the law. You must do both!

Accepting Jesus as your Savior means that you have admitted that you are powerless against sin and that you neither have the authority nor the capacity to overcome evil alone. In today’s egocentric age of self reliance, this is a difficult thing to admit. Surrender is often considered a negative term, meaning to give up or to quit. In accepting Jesus as your personal Savior, you must surrender your will to God’s will. You must let go of your selfish ways of the flesh and seek God’s will in your daily life – not just praise God on Sunday mornings. You must ask yourself in all things, “How can I live my life (or do my job, or perform this task) in a way that would glorify God?”

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7)

Congratulations!

You have completed the Five Steps of Salvation! But wait, you’re not quite done. Because of our sinful nature, we will face a constant struggle against earthly desires. Some feel that the real battle starts AFTER we have accepted Christ in our lives, because that is when Satan takes an even greater interest in luring us back into a life of sin and living for the flesh!

Remember, life on Earth is a growth stage where we learn to mature in Christ. We are preparing for an eternal life. The Five Steps of Salvation is not a project so much as it is a process that we must repeat often in order to enjoy the benefits of Salvation. Once we are truly saved and received Christ into our hearts and lives, we are truly saved, but by continuing to follow these steps, we will remind ourselves that the struggle between our physical and spiritual desires is raging on. We are in the crossfire of a war, and we must never forget that once we have received Christ, He is on our side, and only together will we win.

Continue reading the Bible to learn what the Bible teaches about growing in Christ and to understand what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Now ask God to show you a good Spirit-filled, full Gospel Church where you can regularly fellowship with, for your spiritual nourishment and growth.

Now you may pray a simple prayer to God.

You may want to make your response to God through prayer. Prayer is simply communicating with God. Pray using your own words. There is no special formula. Just pray from your heart to God, and believe that He has saved you. Here is a sample prayer:

Dear Lord,
I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that don’t please you. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry and I repent. I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the Cross for me to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life and I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you. Amen!

Now, don’t doubt.

Salvation is by grace, through faith. There’s nothing you did, or ever can do, to deserve it. It’s a free gift from God. All you have to do is receive it!

Ephesians 2:8 says: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (NIV)

Now Tell someone about your decision.

Romans 10:9-10 says, “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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (NIV)

 May God richly bless you as continue your spiritual journey with the Lord Jesus Christ in the new and the living way. Amen!