What is ‘Salvation’, and why does it matter?
When God made man, He did so in order to have a personal relationship with him. Indeed, man was never meant to live his life separated from God.
But when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in Eden by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sin entered the world and man became separated from God.
Sin, and the separation from God that it brought, passed down through all the generations of man. As the Bible says in Romans:-
‘…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ (Romans 3:23)
The penalty for our sin is death, and eternal separation from God. The ‘Good News’ though, is that God has provided a solution to the problem of our sin: Jesus Christ.
‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 6:23)
God sent His Son to earth in the form of a sinless man to die, nailed to a Roman cross. Why? Well, in that death, he took upon Himself all the punishment that was due to us for our sins. Three days later, He rose to life again, defeating death.
His infinite life paid the price of all our sin, for anyone and everyone who will accept this free gift of God. Through Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection, our relationship with God can be restored, for all eternity.
And you can receive this free gift right now. You can know your sins are forgiven, no matter how bad you might think you are. And you have the assurance that yours is now an Eternal Life, that you will go on living with God in heaven forever, never to be separated from Him again.
So What Must I Do to be Saved?
Simple. You need to believe in your heart that Jesus, the Son of God, died in your place for your sins and that God raised Him back to life.
You must be prepared to confess your previous life of sin before God and be willing to turn from it.
And you must be ready to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your saviour and to receive Him into your heart, to be Lord of your new life.
To help you know that you’ve accepted what Jesus has done for you, here is a simple prayer you can pray:-
Lord Jesus Christ,
I know I have sinned against you with my thoughts, words and actions.
There are many good things I have not done, and many sinful things I have done.
I am sorry for my sins and now turn from everything I know is wrong.
You died upon the cross for me, so I now gladly give my life back to You and I ask You to come into my heart and into my life.
Come in as my Saviour to cleanse me.
Come in as my Lord to control me.
Come in as my Friend to be with me and to help me.
I will serve you all the remaining years of my life in complete obedience.
What happens next?
By saying this prayer (and most importantly, by meaning it), you have just crossed over from death to Life. The Bible tells us that your eternal salvation is secure, “…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
Don’t worry if you don’t feel any different right away, your new life in Jesus is not based on feelings but upon faith. Just know in your heart that you are now a new creation, the old life has gone, and your new Life has begun. A fresh start.
Four Things That Will Help You Grow Strong in Your Faith
- Tell someone you trust that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour. Jesus said, ‘Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my father in heaven…’ (Matthew Ch10, v32)
- Read the Bible every day. Ask God to help you read and understand it, and He will.
- Spend time talking and listening to God in prayer. The Lords prayer is a good place to start, but remember that God is interested in every aspect of your life, you can respectfully bring anything before Him in prayer.
- Find a Church that believes in the Bible.
Fellowshipping with other believers is important as you will find great encouragement from their stories of how God has worked in their lives, as well as having people who can help answer any questions you might have.
Indeed, if you live in Grimsby or the surrounding area we would love to see you at the Bridge. We meet every Sunday at 5:00pm at the Warehouse on Freeman Street. Look for the banner on the roadside and someone will be just inside the courtyard to meet you. Even if you can’t come to the Bridge, we’d still like to hear from you and encourage you as a new believer.
God Bless You.