How can I be saved?
I would like to ask you the most important question of your life. Your eternal happiness or eternal misery depends on how you answer it. Here is the question: Are you saved? I'm not asking you, how good you are, or if you are a church-goer, but: are you saved? Are you sure that you will go to Heaven when you die?
God says, that in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In the Gospel of John 3:7 – Jesus said to Nicodemus: “You must be born again.“
In the Bible God gives us the plan of salvation. It's a simple plan – You can be saved TODAY (rescued from the punishment you deserve in eternal hell)!
First, My friend, you need to realize that YOU ARE A SINNER. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Because you are a sinner, you are condemned for death. “The price for sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in hell.
“… it is appointed unto men to die once, and after that comes judgement” (Hebrews 9:27)
But God loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “For our sake, he made him to be sin, who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (3 Leviticus 17:11)
“… without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.” (Hebrews 9:22)
“… God shows his love for us in, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
God said that my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus (although we are not able to comprehend how), and He died for us. He became our substitute. And this is true, as God cannot lie.
My friend, “God calls all men everywhere, to repent” (Acts 17:30). This repentance (being newly born in the Spirit) is the change in our thinking; agreeing with God that we are sinners, but also recognizing what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. Repentance also includes understanding that sin is your enemy and Jesus is your friend.
In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “Sirs, what must I do, to be saved?” And they said: “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved …“
Simply believe in Him as the One who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried and whom God raised from the dead. His resurrection powerfully assures the conviction that the believer who accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior can be sure of eternal life.
“Thus the ones, who received Him, got the right to become children of God, for those, who believe in His name” (John 1:12)
“For everyone, who calls on the name of the Lord, will be saved” (Romans 10:13)
Anyone can also mean you. "Will be saved" does not mean that perhaps it is possible for you to be saved, but that you will be saved.
If you are aware of this that you are a sinner who exceeded the holy demands of God, just now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer!
In Luke 18:13 – a sinner prayed: “God, be merciful to me as I am a sinner“. You only need to pray: “God, I know that, I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus was my substitute when He died on the cross. I believe that He shed his blood, died, was buried, and rose again for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. Thank you for forgiving my sins, the gift of salvation and eternal life, which are available to me because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”
Just take God by His word and His rescue with faith (salvation). Believe and you will be saved. No church, no organization, no good works can save you. Keep in mind, God does the saving. As a whole!
God's simple plan for salvation: You are only worthy of God's wrath as a sinner. If you don't believe in Jesus who died for you, you will spend eternity in hell. Then it would be better for you if you were never born. If you believe in Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you will receive forgiveness for all your sins and His gift of eternal rescue (salvation) which you can only receive through faith.
Perhaps you will say: “Surely it is not that simple”. Yet it is! This is what truly is written in the Bible. It is God's plan. My friend, believe in the Lord Jesus and accept Him as your Savior today!
If His plan does not yet seem clear enough, read this article again and again and again … and don't put it down until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world!
“For what shall it profit a man, gain the whole world, and to lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)
Do not stand down until you are sure of your salvation. If you lose your soul, you will not reach Heaven and will lose everything. Please! Let God rescue (save) you just now!
If you believe in the Lord Jesus, God's power will save you and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “No temptation has overtaken you, that is not common to man; God is faithful, and he will not let you, to be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Do not trust your feelings, They are constantly changing. Stand on God's promises – they never change. From the moment we accept the gift of salvation, you should do three things every day to grow spiritually: pray – this way you talk to God, read your Bible – this way God talks to you, tell all the people about this way to salvation – this way you speak for God. Remember this, that only the Bible is true, everything else is of little value.
Being obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ You should be baptized, testifying publicly in this way for our salvation, and then without a delay join a congregation (a church). “Do not therefore be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord …” (2 Timothy 1:8)
“Every so, who shall confess me [testify of me] in front of people, him will I confess also before My Father, who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32)