“That 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.” (Romans 10:9)
“All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43)
God’s plan to save mankind was to send His one and only Son, Jesus. Remember, God wanted a relationship with us, but sin caused us to be separated from God. Therefore, God lovingly made a way for that great chasm to be bridged. Jesus left Heaven, came to earth, and lived a perfect life, never giving in to the temptation of sin. He accepted the punishment of death for all mankind. He was the perfect sacrifice necessary for our salvation. Luke 19:10 states Jesus’ purpose for coming: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (That’s you and me!) Our salvation is a free gift, paid for in full by Jesus.
What do you do with a gift? That is your choice. You can ignore it, reject it, or accept it. Perhaps you have already accepted God’s gift of salvation and made Jesus Lord of your life. Or maybe you are curious like the crowds the apostle Peter spoke to in the book of Acts when they asked, “…what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37b) “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” (Acts 2:38)
To accept the gift of God’s salvation means taking a step of faith, believing and confessing that Jesus is the Son of God. You repent, changing your mind, direction and purpose in life. By obeying in biblical baptism, which Jesus exemplified in Matthew 3, you demonstrate dying to self by being immersed in water, the washing away of sin, and being raised out of the water to start a new life with Jesus as your Lord. Notice that we are not saved by doing any amount of good works. We are saved by God’s grace which we undeniably do not deserve!
Today’s Truth: God sent Jesus so that we could be saved and have a relationship with Him.
~ by Arrow © 2016
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