How To Be Saved
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Call upon God
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." - Romans 10:13
I'd like to ask you the most important question that you will ever hear in your life. That question is this:
IF YOU DIED TODAY, WOULD YOU GO TO HEAVEN?
If you could not answer that question with certainty, then I would like to ask you another question. Would you like to know for sure that you would go to heaven if you died today? If the answer is yes, then please listen very closely to what I am about to tell you.
"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good." - Psalms 53:1
Jesus is the only way. In order to go to heaven, you must believe on him for salvation, which means you must call upon him to save you. He is as real as you and me. He lived about 2,000 years ago, and was crucified at Jerusalem around 30 A.D. And then three days later, he arose from the dead, and was seen at one time by over 500 people (see 1 Corinthians 15:6). He created the world and all things therein. And because he is God, he alone can save you. No one else can save.
"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
Many people think that if they are just good enough, they will go to heaven. They think that their good will outweigh their bad. But friend, nothing could be further from the truth. Imagine a condemned murderer standing before a judge, and telling that judge what a good man he was by giving to charity and feeding the poor. Certainly, in the criminal's mind, the judge would take that into consideration and let him go free. But that's just not the case. The murderer would be condemned to death regardless of how many good works he has done in the past.
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." - Acts 4:12
"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." - Galatians 2:16
As we can see from the previous scripture verse (Psalms 53:1), there is no one that does good. That means there is none righteous enough to go to heaven, no, not one. All are sinners. Do you think hell is meant for good, law abiding people? The Bible says that hell is meant for the lawless, for the disobedient, for profane, for murderers, adulterers, and sinners of all sorts.
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators*, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind**, nor theives, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." - 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
* - Fornicators are people who have sexual intercourse outside of marriage.
** - Effeminate and abusers of themselves with mankind refers to homosexuals.
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." - Revelation 21:8
But the good news is that God loves you!
It is not his will that anyone perish.
"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." - John 3:16
Heaven is meant for saints (people who have been forgiven). The only way to get there is to receive Jesus into your heart, and believe on him for the forgiveness of your sins.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." - Revelation 3:20
The prayer of salvation does not have to be some long, elaborate prayer. It only has to be sincere. Picture yourself as a son who has left home for a very long time to live a life of sin, and now you are trying to return home. Certainly, in that sort of situation, you would want to let your Father know how truly sorry you are for the way you have lived your life. God loves you and wants you to come home.
Pray this prayer, and mean it with all of your heart:
"Lord Jesus, I believe in you. I apologize for the way that I have lived my life, and I want to change. I pray that you would save me and forgive me for all of my sins."
Praying for God's salvation takes sincerity, and if you prayed this with all of your heart, then the Bible promises that you are now saved. Welcome home. You are forgiven and God promises you, "...whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." - John 11:26
"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." - Romans 10:9
If you truly meant the above prayer, the Bible promises that God forgives you, and he has given you eternal life. God's love covers all sin. And he has covered the cost of sin by dying on the cross. The next step is to read the Bible everyday, pray everyday, and attend a local Bible preaching church. If you would like to know how to read the Bible, please read the article titled "Read The Bible."
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