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WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

ABOUT SALVATION


Why do we need to be saved?
ROMANS 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
That's a good enough reason.We will all spend eternity somewhere. So how are we saved? We believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins and was raised again the third day.We ask for it.Yes,it really is that simple.Here are some verses from the Pauline epistles.Paul was/is the apostle to the Gentiles.You and I are Gentiles,unless you happen to be Jewish,in which case it now applies to you as well.
Romans chapter 10,verses 9 and 10;
Vs 9 If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,thou shalt be saved.
Vs 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Now look long and hard at verse 10.It is also good to note here that the confession mentioned here is not confession of sin but,rather,confession that Jesus is the Lord and that he will be master of our lives.Confession of sin comes later in your prayers and is always to God and never to any other person. If that isn't enough lets move further, into the Pauline letters,to First Corinthians chapter 15 verses 3 and 4.
Vs 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
Vs 4 And that he was buried,and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

So,it is really that simple; Believe in your heart; Confess that Jesus will be your Lord and Savior; Ask him to come into your heart and save your soul. Now,just as soon as you have done this,one of your buddies will come along and tell you that you have to do SOMETHING to be saved.We all want to do something, but this is what the Holy Spirit,again speaking through Paul,has to say about that.
Ephesians chapter two verses 8 and 9;
Vs 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith;and that not of yourselves;it is the gift of God.
Vs 9 Not of works,lest any man should boast.
Spend some time thinking about verse 9. So,don't ever confuse salvation,of your soul, with living the Christian life.They are two very different things.Salvation is easy and simple for us though it certainly wasn't simple,or easy, for Jesus.Living the Christian life here in the US can be relatively simple with our worst problem usually being temptation.In other places in the world it can cost you your life. There are literally hundreds of verses dealing with salvation.I picked these because They are the ones I use and because they are easy for beginners to understand.
Now,I need to mention a couple of other things before we leave this page.When you pray that salvation prayer mentioned above the Holy Spirit is there to do the work in your heart.There will be a change in your attitude and lifestyle.It may take a while so be patient.Salvation is instantaneous but cleaning you up is an ongoing process and moves into leading the Christian life.
Jt Sessions
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