The most important question that we all face this side of eternity, is how can I know for sure that I am going to heaven? Can I be absolutely certain that I am bound for the streets that are paved with gold? Yes you can know. There is only one road to salvation and it is through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All roads lead to Rome but only one road goes to heaven. Man tries to perform good works in order to make himself pleasing in the sight of God. All of man made religions are like this. This mindset goes back to Cain in the book of Genesis chapter four. Cain did not obey God and bring a sacrifice that was pleasing to Him. Cain worked hard from the fruits of the ground (Cain was a tiller of the ground), but this is not what God asked for. We are justified through God’s mercy and grace, solely through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Titus 3:4-7 “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Jesus said many would come in my name. How true that is. Many claim a Jesus who is not eternal God. False Christs and Messiahs abound in our day. The real Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Godhead and the only begotten Son of the Father. He is the only way to the Father:
John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
(There is no one else who can save. Mohammad, Buddha, Allah and Confucius cannot save. They represent a few of the many false religious systems invented by man. Allah is NOT another name for the Father. Allah has no Son! Allah is not true God. Only Jesus Christ can save. Jesus is Lord and the only path to the Father.)
When we truly trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we repent from sin and turn away from it. The first words of Jesus’ earthly ministry were to encourage repentance in order to prepare people’s hearts for His kingdom:
Matthew 4:17 King James Version (KJV) “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
John the Baptist preached solely on repentance in order to prepare people’s hearts for Jesus. All of the prophets in the old testament and apostles in the new testament preached repentance. We repent (turn) from our sin and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. We must repent in order to be saved. Jesus said: “Repent or parish” in Luke 13:3,5. A true born again experience (John 3:3) will give us a new heart and we will no longer like our former sinful life. This is evidence of our salvation.
II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
When Christ truly enters our hearts, we have entirely new priorities and have the mind of God when we submit to Him. Yes, Jesus’ righteousness is engrafted into us and His blood atonement on the cross makes us perfect in God’s sight. Let me close with my favorite scripture about salvation:
2 Corinthians 5:21 King James Version (KJV) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Perhaps you are on this blog site for other reasons. Maybe you “accidently” stumbled unto this article. This is God’s Providence, as He died for your sins and wants for you to hear how to become saved. If you know this message is true, respond in conviction to the prodding of the Holy Spirit. Pray in repentance to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Trust for Him to do for you what you can never do for yourself. Once Jesus truly resides in your heart, then you are saved, redeemed, born again, and a blood washed believer. Read your Bible and pray daily. Find true born again Christians to grow with. You need to find a Christ exalting and Bible believing church and join it. The first thing a born again Christian needs to do is to be water baptized in obedience to the divine commandments. When you become saved, you will want to share your faith with others so that they can have what you have! Learn a few key scriptures and learn how to share your testimony.
Questions? I would be glad to try to answer them. Just leave a comment at the end of this article. If you desire privacy, I would leave my e-mail address as well. Because Of Him, Pastor Steve