How to Be Saved

There are many good people in the world. Are they saved? Are they going to heaven after they die? This is the topic God said to put on my blog at this point in time. This is what I will be concentrating on in this piece. It is about salvation. If someone needs salvation in your family, maybe you should direct them to this piece. There may be one word in it that means nothing to you, but it may mean a great deal to them. God prepares people’s hearts to hear one word that has significance to them.

Sure, being a good person is a great thing. But can it save you? If I asked you a whether you were going to heaven or not or “Are you saved?” what would be your answer?  Usually for a non-saved person, they will not know for sure and so they will say something like, “I go to church:” or “I am a good person.” If only good works or being a good person was what God requires from you. However, it is not that complicated, nor is it like a basketball score where one gets points for making a basket or in the area of salvation, one get points for doing a good deed. Doing good deeds and going to church will not get you closer to salvation: this is not about earning your way into heaven. It is about accepting Jesus Christ into your heart and turning from your sin.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father but by me.” Where is the Father? He is in heaven, so are you going to heaven without going through Jesus? The answer is no. God requires you to turn from your sin and ask Jesus to come into your heart. You have really got to want to turn from your sin. This is a matter of where your heart is and not your head. You are tired of living life without God, and you are willing to sacrifice all to be with him. That is what God requires from you. You basically are selling your soul to God.

You are not born to be saved. If you make no decision in your life to ask Jesus to come into your heart, you will face damnation when you die. God says, “There is none righteous; no, not one.” John Lennon never killed anyone in his life. He protested against the Vietnam War, because he did not want people to die. Yet, he never gave his life to Jesus Christ and so when he died, his spirit passed into hell. Was he a good person? In most accounts, people would say he was, but in God’s eyes he was guilty of not being perfect. You see, God is a perfect God. An imperfect being cannot be with God. You have to be perfect in his eyes, but how can one become perfect in his eyes? Now, there is a big problem. Who is perfect?

Adam was created by God a perfect being. He had no sin in his life. Eve was also perfect. What went wrong then? Adam rebelled against God just as Satan in Heaven rebelled against God. God forbade Adam from eating the fruit from one particular tree and he disobeyed. That was a sin of rebellion. Adam was no longer perfect. As a result of his sin, all his children and their children received the gift of a sin nature when they were conceived in the womb. They were conceived and born imperfect in God’s eyes. Salvation was no longer possible for anyone born after Adam sinned. We all are born today guilty before God.

That is where Jesus came onto the scene. He was God’s second Adam. Since a sin nature passes from the father to his children, Jesus was born from Mary but not from Joseph, his earthly father. God was the Father of Jesus who impregnated Mary supernaturally. This meant Jesus had no sin nature and thus was the second Adam. He went through life never sinning although tempted by Satan and died in our place when he went up on the cross to pay the penalty of death we deserved. This was not just a physical death: it was a spiritual death. He passed into Death’s abode to free the prisoners there from the charge of guilty before God. Jesus took our place and brought salvation to all who call on his name and accept the offer of eternal life by turning from our sin.

There were two other men being crucified with Jesus. One never repented, and the other recognized Jesus as God and asked him to bring him with Jesus into God’s abode. That is what he was saying when he said, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Today shall you be with me in Paradise.” This man was not a good man. He had not earned enough points to go to Heaven. So, how did he get into Jesus’ kingdom with God in Heaven? First of all, there are no points given for the life you lead or the deeds you do. Second, this man was forgiven because he did ask to be forgiven. All that he said on the cross encased these thoughts I have given. He wanted to be a new man. He wanted to be forgiven for his sins. This was all about where his heart was. That is what it is concerning you. Where is your heart?

In Matthew (25: 31-33, 41-45) it says, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats:  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then shall the King say unto them…on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was hungry, and you gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink:  I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.’  Then shall they answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to you?’  Then shall he answer them, saying, ‘Inasmuch as you did not do to one of the least of these (people to whom you did not minister), you did not do it to me.’ Thus these people (those who did not minister to others) shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

Have you ever failed to minister to anyone? Was there ever a time you said, “I wish I could, but sorry: I have to do something else or go somewhere right now.” Have you successfully ministered to anyone every time an opportunity has arisen? Have you ministered to the homeless person you ran across at one time or another? Have you done it every time that opportunity has arisen? Surely, you have failed somewhere along the line to address the needs of people around you. Well, if you have, you are guilty before God and shall go away into everlasting punishment. You have to be perfect in God’s eyes; you cannot fail once. So, where are you with God?

This brings us to the point of how to be perfect in God’s eyes. It basically is God looking at your heart through the sacrifice of Jesus’ blood on the cross. You are imperfect as long as you are living in a flesh body, but when you truly want to turn from your sin; want to sacrifice your desires and put God ahead of those desires in your life; and then say, “God, I repent of my sins. Jesus, come into my life:” then Jesus does come into your heart and performs the miracle of cleansing your spirit from all sin. You are now perfect in God’s eyes because he is looking at you through that precious blood of Jesus that was spilled when he sacrificed his life for us when he died on the cross. You are now righteous with God. You are no longer under the verse, “There is none righteous; no, not one.” You are saved.

Salvation is for you and it is a free gift. You cannot earn it or even deserve it. You have to want it. You have to want God in charge in your life. If you try to do things your way, you are only going to mess things up in your life. You will never really be happy. You will always live in doubt about the status of your soul. Is that the life you want? Is putting other things ahead of God more important to you than God? If you put anything into your life more important to you than God, then you have broken God’s commandment of, “Thou shalt have no other God’s before me.” God says in the book of James, “Whoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” That means, if you break any of God’s commandments, just one: you are guilty of breaking all of God’s commandments. So, are you perfect? Are you justified before God? What can you do to be righteous before God?

All you have to do is pray and mean it with all your heart, “God, save me. Forgive me of my sin. I am guilty before your eyes. I cannot save myself. I cannot live a perfect life. Cleanse me of all the filth in my life. Jesus! Come into my life and save me. Be my Savior and Lord. Bring me into a right standing with God. I accept your free gift. I receive the salvation of my soul and spirit. I receive your forgiveness, Lord. I praise you for saving me.” Once you have done this, you are a child of God and should begin to feel like shouting from the rooftops. You will feel the guiltiness that was always hovering over you lifting away. Do not allow Satan to come to you and say you are not saved anymore. You tell him, “I prayed this prayer of salvation on this particular date, and I refuse to let go of that salvation Jesus has brought me. I refuse to give up God’s free gift of salvation for me. I am saved.”


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