ABC’s of Salvation
Some people think a personal relationship with God is something only theologians can comprehend. Actually, God’s plan of salvation is simple enough for everyone to understand. Here are the ABC’s of salvation.
Admit to God that you are a sinner. All persons need salvation. Each of us has a problem the Bible calls sin. Sin is a refusal to acknowledge God’s authority over our lives. Everyone who does not live a life of perfect obedience to the Lord’s is guilty of sin.”For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God“(Romans 3:23). Since none of us is perfect, all of us are sinners(Romans 3:10-18).
The result of sin is spiritual death(Romans 6:23). Spiritual death means eternal separation from God. By God’s perfect standard we are guilty of sin and therefore subject to the punishment for sin, which is separation from God. Admitting that you are a sinner and separated from God is the first step of repentance, which is turning from sin and self and turning toward God.
Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin. God loves each of us. God offers salvation. Although we have done nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to save us. In the death of Jesus on the cross, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus. “For God loved the world in this way, He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life”(John 3:16).
Confess you faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord to others. After you have receive Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person. Tell you pastor or a Christian friend about your decision. Following Christ’s example, ask for Baptism by immersion at you church as a public expression of your faith.”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. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth in salvation”(Romans 10:9-10).