Friday, July 10, 2009

How can you be Saved?

"It is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God. "- Ephesians 2:8

You cannot purchase salvation through your good deeds, charity, new age thinking, spirituality of this world or by not stepping on each other's toes. The price of your salvation is paid by Christ. He purchased your freedom from sin and bondage through His sacrifice.

Romans 14:9 - "Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead."

There is no one perfect or without sin. You sin everyday in your thoughts, in your words and actions.

Romans 3:23 - "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard."

But why do you need Christ and need saving and from what you may think?

Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."

Sin separates you eternally from God, where there is no hope, joy, peace nor freedom.

Christ the Atoning sacrifice:
1 John 2:2 - "He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world."
Hebrews 9:28 - "Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him."
1 Peter 3:18 - "Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners so that He might bring us to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit."

Everyone born on this planet have free will. That is, everyone is given a free choice. God has given us free will so that He could have a relationship with us. He didn't wanted slaves, but children. He does not take away that free will. All the chaos in this world have been caused by our disobedience to God; the effect of sin. They are not caused by God.

Deuteronomy 30:19 - "Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! "
John 3:16 - "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."

The world He created was perfect in the beginning until sin entered through disobedience. He waits patiently for us to choose life and He invites everyone who choose life and truth into His glorious kingdom, which is free of chaos, free from pain and sufferings.

If you want to enter the Kingdom of God, you need to be born again.
John 3:3,5-6 - "3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. - 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.”"

What does it mean to be born again? This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! -2 Corinthians 5:17 . You are born in spirit, you belong to Jesus and you have become new. This is the way to the Kingdom of Heaven.

It is time to pour out your life to Him. He will renew you. He wants you to make the choice. There is freedom, joy and peace in Him which the world cannot offer.
Will you make that choice today?
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