Salvation Through Jesus
1. God is a perfect, loving, holy and eternal God.
The Bible tells us, “He (God) is the Rock. His work is perfect. Everything He does is just and fair.” (Deuteronomy 32:4).
2. God created human beings in his image to have a relationship with him and to be his representatives here on earth.
The Bible says, “When God created human beings, he made them to be like himself.He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them “human.” (Genesis 5:1b-2).
3. Beginning in the Garden of Eden, Human beings have sinned when they turn away from God. Through sin demonic powers and death have been let loose in human lives and in all creation.
People are Lost: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Everyone is guilty of sin and fail to live up to the standard of holiness that God has for us.
People are Separated: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
For breaking our covenant with God through sin every human being deserves death. This death begins in this life and lasts for eternity in hell.
4. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God offers salvation from sin and a new way of life to all people.
He Died in Our Place: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
He Rose from the Dead: “Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred...” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
He is the Only Way to God: “Jesus said to him, `I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me’” (John 14:6).
It is not enough just to know these three truths...
5. When we hear this good news the Holy Spirit moves us to accept the gift of salvation. God brings us into right relationship without coercion. Then we can know God personally and experience His love.
We must Receive Christ: “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
We Receive Christ through Faith: “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
When we Receive Christ, we Experience a New Birth: (Read John 3:1-8)We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation to be a part of Christ’s body, The Church. “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27).
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will.
Jesus is coming back and when he returns those who received him will rise to eternal life with God, and those who rejected him to hell and separation from God. The Bible says in John 5:28-29,
“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.”