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 KJV)
Who is a sinner?
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Rom 3:23 KJV)
So I’m a sinner, Big Deal!
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom 6:23 KJV)
Gift? From God? To Sinners?
Don’t I have to change my ways first?
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8 KJV)
Christ died for sinners?
Did he die for all sinners? Did he die for me?
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom 10:13 KJV)
How do I call upon the name of the Lord?
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”(Rom 10:9 KJV)
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom 10:10 KJV)
So if I confess, that Jesus is Lord, and believe that he was raised from the dead, I’ll be saved? It sounds too easy.
“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.” (Eph 2:8,9 KJV)
Quick study on Eph 2:8,9
is the “unmerited” favor of God. That means we do not deserve it and can do nothing to ever deserve it. Grace is receiving goodness from God because God is good, not because I’m good.
is more than just believing in God, But trusting God. Knowing that Christ’s payment for my sin was sufficient. Believing that he died for me, and on the third day, He rose again. Just as he promised he would.
Not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God.*
Gifts cannot be earned or they become wages. The moment you try to deserve the free gift of God, it becomes something you are trying to earn. Gifts are to be accepted with thanksgiving and gratitude.
Not of works;*
If you have been trying to become worthy of Gods grace through works, STOP. Only through Faith in the blood of Jesus will you be saved. As a new creation in Christ, (born again of the spirit), God will give you the opportunity to join him in HIS work. And HE will receive all the glory and praise. “so no man can boast in himself.”
If you want a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and you want to be sure that you are saved, and that you will go to heaven when you die, please take the time to call our home Pastor, Eric Crawford (Heritage Baptist Church).
If you have not trusted Jesus Christ as your savior yet,
“He that believeth on him is not condemned:
but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18 KJV)