Seeking

 

Seeking Salvation

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (NKJV)

The word

Salvation is a beautiful word. Imagine a man drowning in a lake. Just as he goes under, a hand reaches out to rescue him from death. Or, a ladder is hoisted to a woman with a child in a building on fire just before the flames consume them. The word salvation can mean saving from danger or evil. It can also mean saving from sin and its consequences in the hereafter. 

Who is Jesus?

Jesus Christ is God’s Son, sent from heaven. The Bible says that Jesus was sent to “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). In fact, God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1st Timothy 2:4). He will force no one, but He offers the gift of eternal life to anyone who turns to Him. No one can earn this gift by their good works because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The consequence of sin is death and separation from God, but God offers us mercy if we will turn to Him for salvation. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Once again, it is a gift; we cannot earn it. It comes to us through grace (unmerited favor) and faith in God. Faith means belief plus trust. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not through works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

God’s love

Though many people misunderstand God, one of the main things we are to know is that God loves us. That means that God loves you, no matter whom you are or what you have done! Yet, there is a requirement given to us. We are to believe in God’s Son and what He did for us.  He is the Lord Jesus Christ!

How to be saved

A Philippian jailer asked the Apostle Paul, “What must I do to be saved?” The response was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:30-31). Romans 10:9-10 “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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” In this we see the need for confession and belief.  First is confession with the mouth. The original idea behind this word confession is that of acknowledgement and covenant. You acknowledge that Jesus is the Lord and you covenant (make a binding agreement to follow Him).

Second is belief in the heart. Jesus rose from the dead three days after He was crucified on a cross (Matthew 27:50; 28:5-6). All men die, but the Lord Jesus died and then rose from the dead. Part of the salvation process is to believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. This is recognizing the miraculous nature of God. Nothing is impossible for Him, including His ability to save you and give you eternal life. Yet, He will not only give you a reward in the future for believing in Him now, but He will give more abundance in this life. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Prayer for Salvation

Below is a prayer that you can pray right now wherever you are if you want to ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Remember, that He loves you. He knows you. He desires for you to come to Him.

“Dear Heavenly Father, I am sorry for my sin and unbelief. Please forgive me. I thank you for sending your Son to die for me on the cross at Calvary. Lord Jesus, I accept your sacrifice on behalf of my sins. I accept the atonement of your blood that cleanses all my sins and creates in me a clean heart. I place my complete trust and faith in you for salvation. I know that I can’t work my way to heaven and that I am not good enough. Jesus, I want to know you as my Lord and Savior. I need your help and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Your plan is for me to live for God and to spend eternity with you. Please come into my life and give me life everlasting. I want to be with you from this moment on and forever. Thank you for saving me from a path that leads to death and destruction. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for seeking me. Thank you for finding me. I ask these things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Contact support

Send an email to Dr. Stan Fleming at sfleming@gatebreakers.com if you just made a decision to accept the Lord Jesus and would like someone to communicate with, get prayer, or get spiritual advice. Include your contact information.

The Path of Life

When someone confesses and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ a miracle happens in the spiritual realm. You become a child of God. John 1:12 “But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name”. It is what Jesus called being “born again” (John 3:3).

Salvation is not a small thing. It is a life-changing experience. There is a transformation that happens inside of a person. It may even be hard to explain to others at first, but there is a change that takes place. This is not to say that all of life’s difficulties are suddenly overcome. It takes time for a child to grow, to learn to talk and to walk and to eventually run in the ways of God.

There are important things for new followers of Jesus to do in order to grow in His ways. The most important one is to commune with Jesus constantly. Stay close to Him. He loves you. Pray often to Him. Ask Him to teach you to pray. His followers said, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).

Get a Bible that has an easy translation for you to read. One example would be the New Living Translation. Read the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament first. These are primarily about Jesus. Eventually, you should become familiar with all of the New Testament and the Old Testament.

Locate and attend a Christian, Bible-believing church. Not all modern groups that call themselves a church believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord. So, make sure that you attend a church that does believe in Him. It is important for you to be around others who also believe in Jesus and who live for Him. The Bible calls it fellowship (Acts 2:42).

Water baptism is something that new converts should do (Mark 16:16). It acknowledges and miraculously symbolizes His death and resurrection in your life (Romans 6:4-5).  There is also baptism in the Holy Spirit that will give believers power from God and access to numerous spiritual gifts (Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:4; Acts 8:15; Acts 19:2-6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11).

What I have listed above are all things that are important for believers to learn and grow in Christ. These are not normally accomplished quickly. Indeed, salvation is but a first step in a life time of transformation. God will transform you “from glory to glory” (2nd Corinthians 3:18), and it will take a life time of miraculous growth and experience.

Important Doctrine

The excerpts below are from sections of Gate Breakers: Book One and Book Two. These books can be ordered from this website.

Jesus Christ is the way to Salvation

Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He was born to the Virgin Mary through the power of God (Mt. 1:18, 20). His life was exemplary with devotion to God the Father and righteousness among men. He taught His followers the way of God and miraculously ministered to multitudes showing the mercy and compassion of God. He was crucified and died on the cross, giving His life as a ransom for many (Hosea 13:14; Mt. 20:28). He bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24).

The simple gospel is that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Jesus did not stay in the grave! Also, we know that Jesus will receive any who believe in Him; they will not perish (John 3:16). There is salvation in no other name under heaven (Acts 4:10, 12). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Many have proclaimed to be the way, but Jesus alone rose from the dead to prove His proclamation.

Jesus calls men to repent and follow Him

He calls all men to change and believe in the gospel (Mk. 1:14), but then He extends forgiveness and salvation to any who believe in Him. The Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9) and in Him the fullness of God dwells (Col. 2:9). He is a part of the blessed Trinity (Mt. 28:19) and will one day return for His followers (1 Thess. 4:16-17). When Jesus ascended into heaven, the Father sent the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6) into the hearts of Christ’s followers to become adopted children of God. These have the Spirit of truth to lead them in the decisions of life.

Jesus overcame the devil and will ultimately destroy his works

Hebrews 2:14-15 tells us that Jesus — the glorious Son from heaven — put on flesh and blood and suffered death as a man “that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” The devil will ultimately be destroyed in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10) as will death and Hades (Rev. 20:14). God gives His people the power of His might to wrestle against those powers that are in opposition to His kingdom (Ephesians 6:10-18).
For further reading: Read about the eight essential doctrines highlighted on this website in the article entitled “Heresy in the Early Church and Today”.