TITLE: THE BASICS – THE BIBLE: PART 3b
In the last Devotional we began our study of the Bible as the road map to salvation. Salvation from what? Salvation from an eternity of torment in hell separated from God.
To recap what we learned, we are all sinners. And as a result of our sin we face spiritual death (eternal separation from God). We also learned that Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
So, how do we obtain forgiveness for our sins and the promise of eternal life in Heaven? Let’s find out.
Focus Verse: Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Additional Verses: Romans 5:8, John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10
Romans 6:23 and John 3:16 (as well as many other verses) tell us that God loves us so much that He sacrificed His only Son to pay the price for our sins so that we can have eternal life. In His righteousness and perfect justice, God demands a blood sacrifice be made to pay the price for sin (Leviticus 17:11, Hebrews 9:22). And God demonstrated how much He loves us, in that, while we were sinners, Christ sacrificed Himself for us (Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21).
And though it may seem overly simple to us (we tend to think we have to earn what we get), all we have to do to be saved is to believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and confess this belief with our mouths (Romans 10:9-10). Only by God’s grace, through our faith in Him are we saved (Ephesians 2:8).
So how do you get saved? Believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, that He died to pay the price for your sins (a price you could never pay) and that He rose from the dead. Then confess your sins and commit your life to Christ.
If you want to be saved, say the simple prayer below. Then start reading your Bible, praying and seek out a Bible believing church to learn about living a Christian life and the importance of developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I believe that You are the Son of God, that You died for my sins and that You rose from the dead. I ask You to forgive my sins and come to live in my heart as my Lord and Savior. I commit my life to You. Thank You Jesus. Amen.