answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician;
but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners
to repentance.” (Luke 5:31,32)
But I’m Not Sick!
Modern medicine has developed some amazing medicines to keep us from
dying from deadly diseases. But, if your doctor wrote you a prescription
for a disease you did not know you had, you probably would not be interested
in getting it filled. Many consider God’s message of salvation
to be a cure they do not really need. If you walked up to a person who
was not a Christian and asked them if they were saved, they might reply,
“saved from what?” The Bible message of salvation has little
meaning or appeal to one who has never come to understand the reality
of sin in their life. It is common for a person to have a deadly disease
and not even know it, until it is too late. In the same way, many people
are heading into the final judgment covered in sin and unaware of the
How You Became A Sinner:
Being a “good” person does not mean you have not sinned.
All the faithful characters of the Bible were also sinners, even the
Apostle Paul (1 Tim 1:15). The Bible defines
sin as “a transgression of God’s law”
(1 John 3:4). The word “sin” means to “miss
the mark”, to offend or to be at fault. Adam and Eve choose to
ignore their Creator’s direction for living in the world He had
created for them. Their ignoring God’s instruction resulted in
a broken relationship with God and losing the privilege of living in
close fellowship with the Creator. By getting put out of God’s
presence (garden of Eden), they also caused all mankind to be born into
a world outside of a close fellowship with God. We do not inherit Adam’s
guilt, but we inherit a world that has isolated itself from God. In
a world isolated from God, each individual also commits sin against
God. "As it is written, There is none righteous,
no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that
seeketh after God" (Rom 3:10-11). Every person who is old
enough (babies have no sin) to be accountable for their decisions has
sinned against God. "For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:
Two ways that everyone eventually
sins against God:
First, one may sin by knowing the will of God and making a personal
decision to ignore and disobey their Creator. Another way one may sin
is to do that which is wrong in God’s eyes without knowing that
it is wrong. Either way, we are ignoring the God who created us. Knowingly
or unknowingly, the results are the same. The God who created us is
rejected and ignored. We sin by doing what is wrong and we sin by not
seeking to do what is right in God’s eyes.
"For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and
do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such
rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and
doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:15-17). In other
words, it is a sin to think that you do not need to know God or submit
yourself to His will. You became a sinner by rejecting God’s right
to direct your life or you became a sinner by failing to seek His will,
ignoring the Almighty.
The Wages Of Sin Is Spiritual
The problem we all have is that, from the beginning, the promised penalty
for sin has been death (Gen 2:17). By being
separated from the “tree of life” in the garden, Adam brought
physical death to us all. But, the Bible also speaks of a spiritual
death that we experience when we personally sin against God. Paul reminded
the church in Ephesus that they had been “dead” in their
trespasses and sins, but had been made alive in Christ (Eph
2:1-5). He also reminds the church in Rome of the spiritually
deadly consequences of sin: "For the wages
of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ
our Lord" (Rom 6:23). As we have seen, our sins separate
us from God (Isa 59:2) and bring about
our spiritual death. We have also noted that through Jesus, God can
make us alive again and prepare us for eternal life with Him.
Only One Way To Salvation:
We have answered the question: “Saved from what?” Now that
you better understand the question, it is important that you know that
Jesus is the only way a lost sinner can be restored to a right relationship
with God. God sent His Son Jesus into the world as He had planned from
the beginning (Eph 1:3-5). "For
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"
(John 3:16). Jesus came to “seek
and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Jesus came to establish a new covenant between God and man (Hebrews
8). Through Jesus, God established a new and the only way for
people to be saved from the consequences of their sins (eternal separation
from God). In a world of many beliefs and religions, the most important
fact you will ever learn is that God’s plan to save us through
Jesus is the ONLY one that will work. "Jesus
saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
What are the implications of Jesus’ Words? They
are simple. No religious person will find true salvation in any religion
that does not submit to what the Bible says about Jesus. That means
that no practicing Muslim, Buddhist or Jew has any basis of hope for
they all reject God’s plan of salvation through Jesus. Even those
who claim to believe in Jesus, but have invented their own traditions
and doctrines about Him have not submitted themselves to the revealed
will of God. This lack of respect for the Word will go with them into
the judgment. "Not every one that saith unto
me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that
doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me
in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in
thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me,
ye that work iniquity." (Mat 7:21-23). There is just one
way to the “pearly gates” and it must pass through the blood
of Jesus Christ. Do you believe this?
What Must You Do To Be Saved?
You can easily find different answers to this question in the religious
world. Anything from "you will be saved by doing good deeds"
to "there is nothing you can do to be saved." I will not attempt
to explain the error of these two extremes here. What we do want to
know is what God says a person must do to be saved. The answer is really
quite easy to find in the Bible. All one has to do is examine the accounts
of conversion revealed in the scriptures. But, before we begin, note
that God has already planned and brought about the only means of salvation.
Nothing we do can change or alter that plan. But the plan that God made
available must be accepted and received according to the terms He has
made known. We cannot save ourselves, but there are some things we must
do to accept the salvation God has provided.
You Must Hear the Truth:
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing
by the word of God." (Rom 10:17).
You Must Believe:
To be saved, you must accept the fact that Jesus is the Son of God,
the one God sent to save the world by His sacrifice for sins on the
cross. "I said therefore unto you, that ye
shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall
die in your sins." (John 8:24). But recognizing, even acknowledging
the true identity of Jesus does not save you alone (Even the demons
acknowledged God and the identity of Jesus, James
2:19; Matt 8:29).
You Must Repent:
Once you believe who Jesus is and what He did for us on the cross, it
should not be difficult to believe that He said you must repent (turn
away from) of your past sins to be saved. "I
tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish"
(Luke 13:3). To repent is to make a decision
to give up our old lives and to live new lives guided by the truth revealed
to us by the Spirit of God in the scriptures.
You Must Be Willing To Confess:
This means we must be willing to announce our faith and take our stand
with Jesus. Faith in Jesus is not something that we can keep secret
(Luke 12:8,9). The Bible tells us of some
who believed in Jesus, but were not willing to make public their belief
. "Nevertheless among the chief rulers also
many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess
him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the
praise of men more than the praise of God." (John 12:42-43).
You Must Be Baptized For The
Remission of Sins:
But you may say, I have heard that you do not have to be baptized to
be saved. If that is so, you did not hear it from God’s Word and
therefore it is not the faith of the Bible. God has made baptism the
point of faith in which He washes away sins and puts us into the body
of Christ. Have your “saved without baptism” friends show
you in the Bible where baptism is not for the remission of sins. I will
now show you what the Bible says happens when you submit yourself to
God in true faith by being baptized (immersed in water).
"And he said unto them,
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He
that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth
not shall be damned." (Mark 16:15-16)
"Then Peter said unto them,
Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all
that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And
with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves
from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word
were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three
thousand souls." (Acts 2:38-41)
"Know ye not, that so many
of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as
Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even
so we also should walk in newness of life." (Rom 6:3-4)
Are you ready to be baptized into Christ for the remission of your sins?
You must demonstrate your faith as the Bible has revealed above. What
is keeping you from being saved?
"Then Philip opened his
mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the
eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.
And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of
God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down
both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him."
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