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The primary message of the Bible is really the message of salvation.  It is summarized in the Death, the Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  As the one and only Son of God, Jesus came into this world to gather unto himself a group of people belonging to God and submitting to his rule in their lives. 


A common allegiance to Jesus is still necessary and provides a unity of those recognized as his children.  This is now called the church.  It is important to be a part of his church and be identified as part of his spiritual family.  The church is held together by the love of the Lord and the fellowship of Spirit who is given at the time one becomes a Christian.


Upon receiving the salvation offered by Jesus, one becomes a part of God’s family and receives the promise of an eternal life in heaven.  Throughout the New Testament, a great deal of emphasis is placed upon mankind’s sinful condition and inability to deal with it.  There is not a person who has not sinned and fallen away from God’s glory.  However, in coming to this earth, Jesus provided a way for that sin to be forgiven. 


Although Jesus was sinless, he was crucified on a tree and died so that mankind would not have to die spiritually.  His death paid the price for one’s salvation.  After his death and burial in a tomb, Jesus rose victoriously from the grave on the third day.  He then ascended into heaven where he is seated at God’s right hand.  Jesus is now waiting for you to receive his salvation, become a Christian and enjoy his blessings.


Receiving this free gift of salvation, includes receiving Jesus Christ.  Although he died for the sin of every person, it is our responsibility to give our life to Jesus and submit to him.  This is not done by doing any number of good deeds or works in his name throughout our life.  Salvation is not based upon human achievement and can never be earned or purchased.  It can only be received with thankfulness through faith and obedience.  Study the following points which teach one how to receive this salvation.



FAITH.  Faith is at the heart of one’s salvation.  The Bible tells us about the importance of faith.  Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  And without faith in God’s Son Jesus Christ, one can never receive salvation and the forgiveness of sin.  Acts 10:43, “All the prophets testify about Jesus that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”


When one seeks to receive the salvation of the Lord, faith or belief in Jesus as the One and only Son of God is essential.  One is also to believe that Jesus died on the cross, was buried in a tomb and on the third day rose victoriously from the grave, I Corinthians 15:1-4.  Without this heartfelt belief, one is not able to be saved or be recognized by God as one of His children.


Questions for Consideration:

Why does it mean for me to live with faith?  Am I doing it?

Can I receive the forgiveness of my sin if I don’t believe in Jesus?

What might be some consequences for not believing in Jesus?

Is it time for me to put my faith in God’s son, Jesus Christ?


CONFESSION.  Confessing Jesus Christ as one’s Savior is a natural response to placing one’s faith in Jesus.  Read closely these words from Jesus.  Matthew 10:32-33, “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.”


Romans 10:9-10, “ If you declare 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 profess your faith and are saved.”


It is important to let others know that you now belong to Jesus and he is making a difference in the way you live your daily life.  Standing up for Jesus in trying and difficult times demonstrates your faith in the Lord and your willingness to submit to his will for your life.


Questions for Consideration:

Is it a big deal to acknowledging Jesus Christ as my Savior?  If so, why?

If I confess Jesus as my Savior, does that change the way I live?

If I confess Jesus as my Savior, will others make fun of me?  Will that matter?

Is it time for me to confess that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and then to live like it?


BAPTISM.  Baptism may be the culmination of one’s salvation in Jesus, but it also marks the beginning of living a life for him and with him.  Paul writes Galatians 3:26-27, “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were united with Christ in baptism have been clothed with Christ.” 


Baptism brings one into fellowship with God and identifies one as an adopted child of the heavenly Father.  It unites one with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and allows that person to not only receive the forgiveness of sin but also the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Acts 2:38, “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?’  Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Questions for Consideration:

Have I ever been baptized?  If so, do I remember when, where and why?

How can my relationship with the Lord be complete if I am not baptized?

Would it be worth not being baptized to miss out on being a part of God’s family forever?

If baptism is so important, why would I not want to be baptized into Jesus Christ?


OBEDIENCE.  One’s faith in Jesus is demonstrated by obedience to Jesus.  Jesus himself makes this point very plainly in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”


It may be easy to believe, confess and be baptized, but obedience is also important and necessary.  To obey the teachings of the Lord requires one to live a life of faithfulness to his commands.  Romans 6:15-18, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”


Questions for Consideration:

If I am already baptized into Jesus, what is the purpose of obeying him?

Through my obedience, am I able to be more deserving of my salvation?

What are some ways in which it is hard for me to obey the Lord?

Can I start living an obedient life in appreciation for the salvation I have received?


GRACE.  In Acts 15:11, the apostle Peter recognized that the grace of God was the only thing that would ultimately save both Jews and Gentiles.  Without it, no one is able to receive eternal life with God in heaven.  The grace of God is more than able and sufficient to save you from your sin.  It comes from God alone and is given to all of those who believe in and obey His son Jesus Christ. 


Notice the following teaching from Paul.  Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”


Titus 3:4-7, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”


This great salvation cannot be ignored.  It is offered by the One and Only Son of God – Jesus Christ.  He is the only name under heaven by which you can be saved today, Acts 4:12.  Through Jesus, anyone can become a Christian and a part of God’s family called the church.  As a result, wonderful spiritual blessings and the promise of an eternal home with the Father and the Son waits.


Questions for Consideration:

Does God’s grace give me the freedom to live any way I so desire?  Why not?

If I don’t receive God’s grace, can I do enough to earn God’s salvation?

How is God’s grace the culmination of my faith, confession, baptism and obedience?

What is the best way to express my appreciation for God’s grace?


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