Tuesday, March 9, 2010

God's Gift of Salvation

We are all going to die someday. Where will you go when you die? The Bible teaches us how we can know for sure that when we die we will go to heaven. There are 4 things we must know to be able to go to heaven when we die.

1. We are sinners. As the Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Sin is falling short of God’s perfection. Everyone has sinned many times in life. We have all lied, or stolen, or cheated, or done something wrong at some time in our lives. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10).


2. We deserve Hell. Realize that there is a punishment for being a sinner, and that punishment is death. “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). Not only a physical death, but also a spiritual death. The place of spiritual death is called Hell. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and 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” (Rom. 21:8). There is probably no person alive who can say that they never told a lie. We all have sinned and we all deserve the punishment of Hell for our sin.


3. Jesus died for our sins.But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Jesus willingly went to the cross, shed His blood, and died for our sins. He paid the price for our sins. He suffered the punishment that we deserve. When He was on the cross, Jesus suffered Hell for us. Hell is a place of total separation from God. When Jesus was on the cross, God the Father separated Himself from God the Son. That is why Jesus cried out “with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Jesus was experiencing separation from God the Father. He was suffering the Hell that we deserve. He was paying for our sins.




4. We must receive Christ by faith. In order to become a Christian, it is not enough to know that we are sinners, that we deserve Hell, and that Christ died for our sins, but we must receive Christ by faith. “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).

Notice that we cannot earn our way to heaven. We obtain salvation through faith, not by works. Faith basically boils down to placing your trust in something or someone. If you are sitting down while reading this, you are placing your faith or trust in the chair that you are sitting upon. Faith requires more than just an intellectual belief; it involves an action of your will. For example, if there were a pond covered with ice, and there were people standing around saying that the ice could hold them up, but they were not willing to walk on the ice, then they would only be demonstrating an intellectual belief and not faith. If they stepped out onto the ice, they would be demonstrating faith.

One can place their faith in Christ by simply calling out to Him in prayer, for the Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” I expressed faith in Christ by sincerely praying a prayer like this:

“Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I deserve Hell. Thank you for dying for my sins. Save me. Come into my life. Make me the kind of person that you want me to be. I thank you that you have and that you will take me to heaven when I die. Amen.”

If you sincerely pray that prayer with all your heart, then the Lord Jesus will come into your life and forgive your sins, and save you from an eternity of Hell. If you were to die tomorrow, you would go to heaven. Not because you are good enough to get there, but because you have received the payment of your sins. It is that simple.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (Jn 5:24)

An Epiphany will come to all.
Have you had yours?
Read The Coming Epiphany Today

22 comments:

  1. I receive You Jesus into my life - my faith in You grows more and more every day

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh God I have my utmost faith in You - You know everything and You provide everything for me - my faith never wavers

    ReplyDelete
  3. We must follow God's plan in Acts!!! You must be baptized and recieve the Holy Ghost. It takes more than just praying a prayer of faith.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Yes we must be baptized by the Holy Ghost--not water baptism to be saved. We receive and are baptized by the Holy Ghost at Salvation.

    Was the thief on the cross saved? Yes, Jesus said that he would be with Him in paradise that day. was he baptized in water? NO. But he was baptized in the Holy Ghost and saved when he placed his faith in Christ on the cross.

    Salvation is by grace through faith alone.

    ReplyDelete
  5. In that day??? Jesus Christ was dead in the grave for three days and three nights, not in paradise or He is not our Savior.

    And the thief is resurrected ahead of everyone else??

    "Christ said to him that day, you will be with Me in paradise."

    God the Father's personal Spirit is given by the laying of of hands.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I disagree, the body of Christ was in the grave not His Spirit. At death one's spirit leaves their body. The Spirit of Jesus was in paradise or else was Jesus lying when He said "you will be with me today in Paradise?" Of course not. Accept scripture for what it says and stop trying to make it say something that it does not.

      Delete
    2. Jesus, I am a sinner. I ask for your forgiveness and that you come into my life so I may serve you and your will.
      I give my loving praise and faith.
      In your name; Jesus.
      Amen.

      Delete
    3. Amen, may God bless you. Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you. read your Bible, pray, find a church that preaches and teaches God's Word.

      Delete
  6. Mr. Frederick, what is your opinion of the following piece?

    What is the real reason Christianity is so divided? Even into 3000 to 4000 or more differing sects, schisms, denominations, groups, beliefs ect?

    The answer: They all lack the basic understanding of the
    Nature of God and His Plan.

    Reduced down to a physical level for our understanding, here is why it is lacking, Take an animal, any animal; it can be viewed from the structural bone aspect, the internal organs and sinew layout and from the external overall configuration of how it looks as a complete entity.

    Now, with a totally foreign animal, not like any ever seen before; show the experts a piece of skin, a knee joint, and a liver. With only one piece from each of the three different components of the animal, there is not a chance the experts can develop an accurate total description. They have no clue even what it is. Oh they can guess.

    Only if they had a picture of the animal showing how he fits together and functions, can they then understand where each piece fitly joins together to make a complete entity.

    Thus it is with the Word of God, only if God the Father and Jesus Christ spiritually opens a persons mind to the basic picture of who God is and what exactly His Plan is for mankind, can that person then begin to understand how each scripture joins one to another to complete the picture and plan. Scripture does join perfectly.

    Only when the “basic picture” is given to you directly by God, can all the scriptures and doctrine then began to be placed in proper order to create a complete picture.

    The churches of the world have not been given even the ”basic picture”, thus as they attempt to fit together scriptures, each comes up with a different "animal".
    Not knowing God nor His Plan. Why?

    Because God the Father is not desperately trying to “save every man’ now in this age!

    The Bible plainly reveals that God is working only with the House of Jacob, all 12 sons of Jacob/Israel. For gentiles to be called of God they must be individually grafted into Israel. The Whole House of Israel, all 12 tribes, are called the ‘elect’ and ‘My sheep’ by Jesus Christ. Out of these, God is calling only The First Fruits. The First Fruits are a small number that will be resurrected to Life, eternal life, at the return of Jesus Christ. This small flock will assist the King of kings in bring all human life to salvation.

    The begotten Sons of God have always been few in number, so unless God the Father is Calling you, and one of the “Few” reveals the true Gospel to you;
    you will remain in the dark, as Christ has stated, until it is your time for salvation.

    Unless knowledge is imparted to you by God the Father: upon repentance (of breaking the 10 Commandments), baptism (accepting Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection), receiving God The Father’s Holy Spirit (His individual Spirit) through the laying on of hands,
    no man can come to understand, even vaguely, The Things of God.

    Unless Called of God to receive repentance, baptism and The Father’s Holy Spirit:

    Confusion will continue to reign in the mind of the vast majority of mankind.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Word of God is spiritually discerned. The reason there are so many factions is because most do not believe that the Bible is 100% the Word of God.

      God desires all to be saved or He would not have died for the sins of the whole world. "All who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

      Delete
    2. Umm God never died, Jesus did. GOD CANNOT DIE, it says so in the Bible. You are going to hell, because you worship a MAN as if he is God. Jesus is NOT God, nor was he ever. He was the SON of God. That is what it states in the Christian Bible. Now, I do not believe Jesus was the son of God at all. I believe he was just a very valuable Prophet, as was Moses, Daniel, Muhammad, etc.
      God worked through him, but was NOT him.

      Delete
    3. 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

      2 The same was in the beginning with God.

      3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made...

      14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

      John 1

      Delete
  7. God saves. He saved us. Faith is a gift of God also. He is the author of our faith. If there is to be any prayer to pray regarding the matter of salvation it would be a simple thank you. Even by saying that does not save us. What God wants God gets. His Will be done not our own. We came from God and will return to Him one day. We were bought with a price that He paid. "It is finished!" To God be ALL the glory!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Raymond

      Yes God does save us, but it is our choice to get saved. "For whosoever shal call upon the Lord shall be saved." It is still your choice.

      You said "What God wants God gets" That is not true. Why did Jesus weep over Jerusalem because they would not repent?

      Matthew 23:37
      O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

      Yes the saving work of the Lord is finished but it is a person's choice whether they accept it or not.

      Delete
  8. This is all very scary stuff. I am drawing closer to Jesus each and everyday so when the rapture comes and i am still here on this earth ill be caught up to meet him

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No reason to be afraid, the perfect love of God casts out all fear.

      Delete
    2. if you are the same anonymous that said this
      AnonymousApril 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Umm God never died, Jesus did. GOD CANNOT DIE, it says so in the Bible. You are going to hell, because you worship a MAN as if he is God. Jesus is NOT God, nor was he ever. He was the SON of God. That is what it states in the Christian Bible. Now, I do not believe Jesus was the son of God at all. I believe he was just a very valuable Prophet, as was Moses, Daniel, Muhammad, etc.
      God worked through him, but was NOT him.
      then yes i applaud you because it was Jesus who died not God, but you said - You are going to hell, because you worship a MAN as if he is God. You cannot say who is going to hell or who isn't because you just don't know! What you said was WORSE than what William Frederick, M. Div. said because you denied that Jesus was the son of God. Jesus was MORE than a mere phophet and he will return one day with scars on his hands to prove it to you. You must believe that Jesus died for your sins in order to enter the kingdom of heaven!

      Delete
    3. Rebecca

      It really does not matter what you or I think. What really matters is what God's Word says. God's Word the Bible clearly proclaims that Jesus is God.

      1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

      2 The same was in the beginning with God.

      3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

      4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

      5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

      6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

      7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

      8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

      9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

      10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

      11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

      12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

      13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

      14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth John 1

      Delete
    4. You must accept as a prerequisite to be saved. Ask God to open your eyes to the truth of His Word.

      Delete




  9. You must be prepared.No matter what so called scolars say:you will go thru tribulation! And very few real followers of Jesus will survive.But b4 the wrath those appointed will be gathered up to the clouds,living & dead-all to be changed & to be with him forever after that.That is the hope we must strive for.This life is fleeting,that life is eternal.If we strive only to be accepted in this world,which for now is controlled by Lucifer,we will not make it to the millenial reign of Jesus.You must love always,even the sinners & pray for them,but hate the sins and evil they may do.Pray for them so you may save your own soul.Love is the key.Read the book,pray for understanding b4 you do & the lord will lead you.also remember,it took an angel 21days-fighting-to bring an answer to daniels prayer so be patient.



    ReplyDelete