I love the promise Jesus made to His disciples in John 14:1-3.
Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
We believe this will be fulfilled at the Rapture of the church, when the body of Christ-followers alive at the time it happens are gathered to meet Jesus in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). I believe those who have died previously since the time of Christ’s resurrection are met personally by Jesus at their death.
Ultimately, we will all die. It is the one thing that none of us will escape. The greatest question we must all answer is “What have we done with Jesus?” He came to make a way to heaven, and He is the only way, by His own admission. You must either accept that Jesus was telling the truth and that all other “ways to eternal life/heaven” are a lie, or that nothing He said was true. He cannot be simply a good man, a great teacher or Rabbi.
The Bible uses the term “salvation” to describe the spiritual transaction that takes place when we repent and turn away from our sin and place our faith in Jesus, trusting that His perfect sacrifice of Himself on the cross of Calvary was enough to cover our sin debt. We are “saved,” or “born again.”
How does this happen? How can a person be saved?
Here is what scripture teaches about salvation, the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you have not seriously considered the claims of Jesus, what better week to do so, than this holy week of remembrance – the Christian celebration of the Resurrection!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
Today is the day of Salvation: Why would anyone put off the most important decision they could ever make in their lives concerning eternal life? If you die today are you going to heaven?
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – The apostle Paul tells us what the gospel is: “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.
Gospel means “good news.” Your debt has been paid, the death penalty has been paid, you are free.
Here’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ: That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.
Jesus brought in a little child as a living object lesson to show who enters the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:3 – Jesus said: “Unless you become like this little child you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” This is how to be saved, it is simply child like, as simple as ABC:
A – Admit that you are a sinner. This is where that godly sorrow leads to genuine repentance for sinning against a righteous God and there is a change of heart, we change our mind and God changes our hearts and regenerates us from the inside out.
Romans 3:10 – As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one.”
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (We are all born sinners which is
why we must be born spiritually in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven).
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The bad news is that the wages of sin is death, in other words our sin means that we have been given a death sentence, we have the death penalty hanging over our heads, that’s the bad news. But here’s the good news:
The good news is that the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8-9 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
B – Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and that God raised Jesus from the dead. This is trusting with all of your heart that Jesus Christ is who he said he was.
Romans 10:9-10 – That 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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
C – Call upon the name of the Lord. Every single person who ever lived since Adam will bend their knee and confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, the Lord of lords and the King of kings.
Romans 14:11 – For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.”
Don’t wait until later — do this now.
Romans 10:13 – For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
“O God, I am a sinner. I’m sorry for my sin. I want to turn from my sin. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son; I believe that He died on the cross for my sin and that He was buried and You raised Him to life. I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior, trusting only in His shed blood as sufficient to save my soul and to take me to heaven. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving me. Amen.”
You can find the ABC’s of Salvation in many languages at this link. Share the good news with a friend today!