Eternal Life and Salvation in the
Lord Jesus Christ
If You were to Die Right Now, would you go to Heaven or Hell?
Do You know beyond the shadow of a doubt that You would go to Heaven?
Do You know at all?
How can You be certain?
THESE FOUR PRINCIPLES WILL HELP YOU
DISCOVER HOW TO KNOW GOD PERSONALLY
AND EXPERIENCE THE ABUNDANT LIFE
1. God LOVES you and created you to know Him personally.
"God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten Son
that whoever believes in Him should not perish,
but have eternal life."
"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent"
2. Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God,
so we cannot know Him personally or
experience His love.
MAN IS SINFUL
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
MAN IS SEPARATED
"The wages of sin is death..." (spiritual separation from God)
3. Jesus Christ is God's ONLY provision for man's sin.
Through Him alone we can know God personally and experience God's love.
HE DIED IN OUR PLACE
"God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
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, the truth and the life;
no one comes to the Father, but through Me."
4. We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as
Savior and Lord; 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."
WE RECEIVE CHRIST THROUGH FAITH
"By grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works, that no one should boast."
WHEN WE RECEIVE CHRIST,
WE EXPERIENCE A NEW BIRTH
Read John 3:1-8
WE RECEIVE CHRIST BY PERSONAL INVITATION
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if anyone hears My voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him."
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YOU CAN RECEIVE CHRIST RIGHT NOW
BY FAITH THROUGH PRAYER
THE BIBLE SAYS:
"If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus,
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
you shall be saved."
"It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth...
salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name
under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
THE BIBLE PROMISES ETERNAL LIFE
TO ALL WHO RECEIVE CHRIST
"The witness is this, that God has given us eternal life,
and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life;
he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name
of the Son of God, in order that you may know
that you have eternal life."
1 John 5:11-13
The above are excerpts from NewLife Publications, a ministry of Campus Crusade For Christ
LOOKING FOR ANSWERS?
1. What is salvation?
Salvation is deliverance from the penalty, pollution, and power of sin (Romans 6:14,23; Titus 3:4-6). It is eternally more important than being saved from fire, deep water, illness, or loneliness.
2. What is sin?
Sin is any thought, word, or deed that either violates or falls short of complete conformity to God's holy laws (Romans 3:23; James 4:17; 1 John 3:4). In short, Jesus and His apostles taught that sin is anything that doesn't reflect selfless love for God and others (Matthew 22:34-40).
3. What has God done to provide salvation?
He became a member of the human race in the person of Jesus (John 1:1,14), lived sinlessly as our substitute to fulfill God's righteous demands (2 Corinthians 5:21), suffered and died on the cross to bear the penalty for our sins (Matthew 20:28; Romans 4:23-25; I Corinthians 15:3-4), and rose from the grave to break the power of death and defeat Satan (Acts 2:24; Hebrews 2:14-15). In other words, He accepted full responsibility to pay the price for the consequences of our sins.
4. For whom did Christ die?
Jesus died for all people (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15), for all have fallen short of their original purpose to know God (John 17:3), to glorify Him (1 Corinthians 10:31), and to enjoy Him forever (Revelation 7:15-17; Revelation 21:1-4). Christ died for those who are sinners by nature (Psalm 51:5), disobedient by choice (Romans 3:23), spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1, 5), unable to please God (Romans 8:8), and under His wrath (John 3:36, Romans 1:18).
5. What is repentance?
It is a term used by John the Baptist, Jesus, Paul, and Peter (Matthew 3:1-2; Matthew 4:17; Acts 2:38; Acts 20:21). Repentance is that change of attitude about one's self, one's sin, and God, which involves the whole personality -- mind, emotions, and will. In varying degrees, it always accompanies true faith. Sorrow for sin often accompanies it and helps give evidence that genuine repentance has occurred (2 Corinthians 7:9-10).
6. Who will be saved?
Salvation is offered to everyone and is freely given to all who believe on Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28; John 1:12; John 3:15-16,36; John 6:40,47; John 11:25-26; John 20:31, Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10). Jesus said, "The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out" (John 6:37).
7. How do we receive salvation?
By faith alone. Neither zealous commitment to good works (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 4:1-12) nor careful observance of religious ritual (Galatians 3:1-9) play a part in obtaining salvation. Salvation is not found in our efforts for God but in trusting what Jesus has done for us. All God requires is that we call out to Him in faith and ask Him to save us (Romans 10:13). On that basis He gives salvation. Everything else follows.
8. What is saving faith?
It is personal trust in the Lord Jesus. It is believing that God, on the basis of Christ's substitutionary death and resurrection, forgives and accepts all who trust in Him and rely on Him alone for salvation (Romans 3:21-26; Romans 4:1-25; Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:8-10). It is therefore not what we do but what we believe that counts. If what we believe is right, doing right will follow. Good works are the fruit and the evidence (Ephesians 2:10; John 3:7-10), not the ground or the cause.
Adapted from the RBC Ministries booklet, What We Believe.
c. 1989, 1996 RBC Ministries
'TWAS THE NIGHT JESUS CAME
'Twas the night Jesus came and all through the house
Not a person was praying, not one in the house.
The Bibles were left on the shelf without care,
For no one thought that Jesus would come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And mom in her rocker with baby in her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the east there rose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and lifted the sash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here!
The light of His face made me cover my head --
It was Jesus returning, just as He said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said, "It's not here" my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound
While all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I'd known that this was the night.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is now drawing near.
There's only one life and when comes the last call
We'll find that the Bible was true after all.
- Margie Knight
Where did Sin come from?
Did God create it?
God is Holy and therefore incapable of sin. He hates sin and did not create sin. God created the angel Lucifer to praise and worship Him, but He also gave Lucifer a free will. Lucifer became jealous of God and decided that he wanted to overthrow Him and rule instead of God. Lucifer deceived a 1/3 of the other angels in heaven and convinced them to join him in his cause. To punish them, God cast Lucifer down to the Earth and all of the angels who had chosen to follow his leadership with him.
Lucifer became known as Satan the devil and the angels who followed him became known as demons. Sin is defined as any type of rebellion against God. Satan was the first to rebel against God and therefore is the originator of sin.
I don't believe that salvation is available to angels if they have made a final and binding decision to reject Christ or God. Like when a human who's final decision is to reject Christ and then he dies. Once dead he has no more chances, no more hope of salvation. God says in His word that Satan (and I believe it also says his angels) will be cast into the eternal lake of fire and be eternally separated from God. Everyone else at this point who has rejected Christ as Savior and also those who have taken the mark of the beast (thereby also rejecting Christ as Savior) will also be cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death and is eternal separation from God.
When God created Adam and Eve they were innocent in mind, heart, and spirit. They had no knowledge of good and evil. Satan tempted Eve to rebel against God by going against God's command not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This was the only tree that God had commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from. Satan tempted and deceived Eve with lies likely similar to those he told the angels he deceived in heaven. He told Eve that nothing bad would happen to her if she ate the fruit, but that God was just afraid if she ate it that she would be just like Him. That she would have knowledge of good and evil and be just like God. Eve decided to trust the snake (Satan) and gave the fruit to Adam to eat as well. When they ate of the fruit they were immediately aware that they were naked and tried to hide themselves from God. Their innocent minds and hearts were now tainted with sin and because they were the first humans to
willingly rebel against God they brought the curses of sin upon all their descendants/ mankind. They received the curse God had warned them about if they ate of this forbidden fruit. Mankind would now know death, pain, suffering, and separation from God. He would have to labor and sweat to bring forth crops and earn his meals. Life would no longer be in complete harmony with God and His other creatures in a living paradise. Now mankind would be born into sin and be separated from God at birth. God had to slay an animal in the garden to clothe Adam and Eve. This was the first innocent blood shed to cover the sins of man.
Because God loved Adam and Eve, He cast them out of the garden. If they had stayed in the garden and eaten of the tree of life man would have lived forever in his fallen state with no hope of redemption and ultimate peace with God in heaven. It was a blessing that God cast them out of the garden and put angels on the parameters to guard the entrances.
God loves Adam, Eve and all of mankind. He has made a way for all people to be redeemed and to know him as he originally intended. Out of His great love for us He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to earth to live a perfect sinless life and die in place of us as a sacrifice for our sins. He paid your sin debt. He paid my sin debt. Yet he freely gives salvation to whosoever will come to Him.
He was born of a virgin so He did not have the curses of man upon him. Jesus had to come and lead a perfect sinless life and fulfill the laws of God because no human can ever keep all of the laws or ten commandments of God perfectly. Christ was tempted in all ways that humans are tempted and yet he did not give in and sin on any account. No sin can enter into heaven and humans can never be sinless. It is only by accepting Christ as our personal savior that we can have our sins covered by the blood of Christ and forgiven completely by God. God says that He casts them as far as the east is from the west into the sea of forgetfulness. God desires a personal relationship with each of us and loves us more than we can comprehend no matter who we are, what we've done, or where we've been. To be saved is to become a new creature in Christ and have a new heart created within you. No specific words or any action of your own can save
you, but Christ can and wants to. If you truly realize you are a sinner and need God to save you, cry out to Him and seek His face sincerely and with your whole heart. God has promised He will not hide His face from you. You must believe that Christ was born of a virgin, was crucified, died, buried, and arose again so that you could be saved. He paid the ultimate price for your sins so that you could be saved and forgiven by God and live with Him eternally in heaven when you die. Truly believe this in your heart and trust Christ to save you if you ask him. Ask Him for forgiveness of your sins, to cleanse you, and make you whole. Invite Him to be the Lord of your life. Speak honestly and earnestly to Him from your heart. He will save you, and you will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you will go to heaven when you die.
Even as Christians we can never be perfect or sinless, but we can be forgiven and blameless in the eyes of God. If we love Him we will try to keep His commandments as best we can even though we will inevitably make mistakes. This is not the same as continual, willing, habitual sin (a whole other discussion).
If we could ever be good enough to earn our salvation or deserve heaven, then Christ died in vain and there was no point for him to come, die as a sacrifice for our sins, and rise again.
God loves us as we are, but loves us too much to leave us that way. He wants us to know life to it's fullest, peace that lasts through the storms we face, and happiness in this life and in the one to come. He can and wants to restore us to a right relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ so that we can come to live in the eternal paradise of Heaven when we die.
God Bless You and Yours and may you know the peace that only He can give!
Are We All Children of God?
We are all creations of God and in that way are all connected, but we are not part of the family of God until we are born again in and through Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives. Only then can we be a child of God and have a relationship with Him as our Father and therefore be able to "inherit" Heaven when we die----we are able to live there with Him without sorrow, pain, or death for all eternity.
This also helps us to see why we don't all automatically just go to Heaven when we die. There is a point in everyone’s' life when we will decide to accept or reject the love and truth of Jesus Christ as our personal savior. It is not God's will that any should perish or go to Hell, but that all would have eternal life and peace with Him in Heaven. He cherishes us above all creation and yet He has given us free will to choose for ourselves and our decision is final and binding once we leave this life. Whatever our decision, we shall live with it throughout eternity.