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HOW YOU CAN BE SAVED


The Bible, which is the inspired Word of God, contains God's plan of salvation for your soul. Here is, in essence, what the Bible tells us on this topic:

1. God is Holy

Holy means perfect in goodness and righteousness, with not the slightest trace of evil, sacred, worthy of worship and adoration. Holy is the main word describing God's character.

  • "Who is like You, O Jehovah, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" (Ex 15:11)

  • The prophet Isaiah had a vision of God on His throne: "I then saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphs; each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory." (Is. 6:1-3)

  • The apostle John also had a vision of God and the worship He receives from the heavenly beings: "And each one of the four living creatures had six wings about him, and within being full of eyes. And they had no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Almighty, who was and is and is to come." (Rev 4:8) "O Lord, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You created all things, and for Your will they are and were created." (Rev 4:11)

  • "Jehovah reigns; let the peoples tremble. He sits between the cherubs; let the earth quake. Jehovah is great in Zion; and He is high above all the peoples. Let them praise Your great and fearful name; it is holy. Praise Jehovah our God, and worship at His holy hill; for Jehovah our God is holy." (Ps. 99:1-3, 9)

God requires the same standard of holiness from us: "Be holy, for I am holy." (1 Pet. 1:16, Lev. 11:44), because nothing defiled can enter Heaven, where God's presence is. (Rev. 21:27)


2. You are a sinner

Sin means breaking God's commandments, disobeying God. Some examples of sins include lying, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; being full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, evil habits, becoming whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, insolent, proud, braggarts, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, perfidious, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful.

But sin is not just doing evil, it is also not doing the good you know to do. (James 4:17)

Everybody is born with a sinful nature:

  • "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." (Ps. 51:5)

  • "There is none righteous, no not one; there is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God." "They are all gone out of the way, they have together become unprofitable, there is none that does good, no, not one." (Rom. 3:10-12)

  • "for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23)

If you think you are a good enough person, just ask yourself: "Have I never done any of those things listed above, and have I always done the good I should have done? Have I always lived according to God's perfect standard of holiness?"


3. The penalty for sin is death

God commanded Adam in the garden of Eden: "You may freely eat of every tree in the garden, but you shall not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. For in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Gen. 2:16-17). He disobeyed and was cast out from the garden of Eden and from God's presence. He became spiritually dead (separated from God), and although he didn't physically die on the same day, the physical decline and (eventually) death commenced then as well.

"For the wages of sin is death..." (Rom. 6:23)

God will judge every human being, and you will stand before Him and give an account of all you have done before the One who knows everything:

  • "it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27)

  • "For all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God." So then each one of us will give account concerning himself to God." (Rom. 14:10-12)

God's judgment will be righteous, according to truth, impartial and everything you did in secret will be revealed (Rom. 2:2, 5, 11, 16).

The punishment for those found guilty is to be cast into the Lake of Fire (commonly known as Hell) for an eternity of torment, eternally separated from God, with no hope of ever changing that situation (Rev. 14:11, 20:10).

  • "And I saw a great white throne, and Him sitting on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And a place was not found for them. And I saw the dead, the small and the great, stand before God. And books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead in it. And death and hell delivered up the dead in them. And each one of them was judged according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. And if anyone was not found having been written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the Lake of Fire." (Rev. 20:11-15)

  • "But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, will have their part in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (Rev 21:8)

4. Jesus paid your penalty

God doesn't want to punish you with an eternity of torment in the Lake of Fire, because He loves you immensely. But He is so holy and just that He cannot allow anything sinful or defiled in His presence, in Heaven (Rev. 21:27). So He prepared a solution that satisfies both His love and His justice: He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world, to live a sinless life and die as an atoning sacrifice for sin.

  • "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)

  • "But God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." (Rom 5:8)

Jesus died on the cross for all of humanity's sins, and He rose again, proof that He had lived a perfectly righteous life and that His sacrifice was acceptable to God.


5. You need to repent and believe in Jesus

  • "And there is salvation in no other One; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

  • "For God is one, and there is one Mediator of God and of men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (1 Tim. 2:5,6)

Jesus paid the whole price for your sin, but in order to receive God's pardon, you have to accept this sacrifice by repenting and believing in Jesus. If you do, your sin is completely erased, and His righteousness is counted on your behalf; then God sees you holy, just as Jesus is holy.

  • "And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained of God to be the Judge of the living and the dead. All the Prophets give witness to Him, that through His name whoever believes in Him shall receive remission of sins." (Act 10:42,43)

  • "Truly, then, God overlooking the times of ignorance, now He strictly commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day in which He is going to judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He appointed, having given proof to all by raising Him from the dead." (Act 17:30,31)

To repent means to be sorry for your sin and turn away from it, at the same time turning towards God and obeying Him.

If the Spirit of God has opened your eyes to see who God is and who you are, His holiness and your sinfulness, and realised that you are eternally lost without Jesus, bow your knees before God and pray to Him, in your own words:

  • confess your sins, tell Him you are sorry, and ask His forgiveness
  • tell Him you believe Jesus died for you, and thank Him for this
  • ask Jesus to become your Lord and Saviour, to make you a new being and help you live a life pleasing to Him

If you have done this sincerely, you have become a child of God, being born again by the Holy Spirit, and God has promised you eternal life if you remain faithful to the end.


6. What to do next

The next step is to find a Bible-believing church and get baptised, as Jesus commanded (Mat. 28:19), and as He Himself showed us through His example. Baptism is a public testimony of what happened in your life: immersion in water symbolises that you have died to sin, and rising out of the water symbolises the fact you have a new life, which you live for God.

Currently you are a baby in Christ. Now starts a life-long spiritual growth process, where God wants to transform your character more and more like the image Jesus showed us when He came to earth and lived among people. To help you grow spiritually there are some things that can help you, just as there are things we need for our physical lives (food, water, air, etc.):

  • read your Bible and meditate on what you read, then strive to apply it in your life
  • pray (talk to God)
  • meet regularly with other believers
  • witness to others - tell them about God and what He did in your life.

May God bless you richly! If this has been helpful to you, we would be glad if you could contact us and let us know.