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SALVATION

Leslie M. John

JESUS SAVES YOU

JESUS SAID “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”

What does it mean to be born-again?

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”. (John 3:3-5)

Jesus Christ died for our sins; he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. He is now seated at the right hand of the Majesty and He is coming again soon.

THIS IS HOW SIN CONQURED MAN

Holy Bible says God created man in his own image. God planted a garden eastward in Eden and he put there the man whom God called Adam. The garden was indeed beautiful with every tree pleasant to sight and good for food. The LORD God made every tree to grow from the ground, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The LORD God put the man into the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep it. He said to the man that he may freely eat of every tree of the garden but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil he shall not eat; and in the day he eats it he shall surely die. God saw that man was alone and the LORD God said that the man should not be alone. He decided to give a “help meet” for man. The LORD God caused a deep sleep upon Adam and while he was sleeping God took one of the ribs of the man and made a woman out of the rib and brought to him. Adam called her as “Woman” because she was taken out of Man. God said to the man to be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth, and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea, fowl of the air and every living thing that moves on the earth. (Genesis 2:8-28).

THIS IS HOW SATAN DECEIVED MAN

The serpent, who was more subtle than any other beast of the field, deceived the woman with his enticing words. The serpent spoke to her and convinced her that God did not tell the truth. The woman yielded to the temptation of the serpent. She saw that the tree was good for food and pleasure for the eyes and thought the tree would give her intelligence. She took of its fruit and ate and also gave to her husband and he ate it. The eyes of both of them opened and they knew that they were naked. They made aprons for themselves with fig-leaves and when they heard the voice of God, whose name is “Jehovah Elohim” they hid themselves from his presence. Jehovah Elohim called man and asked him where he was? The man said he feared because he was naked and hid himself. God demanded an answer from the man as to who said to him that he was naked and questioned if he had he eaten fruit of the tree that he was asked not to eat from! The man blamed woman and the woman blamed the serpent.

THE CURSE FROM GOD FOLLOWED

The LORD God cursed the earth for man; the woman with pain in her child labor, and God cursed serpent that the serpent would crawl all the days of his life. This resulted in Adam toiling for food; woman who was in Adam and who became his wife to be a help-mate was cursed with pain in her child-bearing. The serpent who was not crawling before became a most loathed reptile on the earth to crawl on the earth his entire life. God put enmity between the seed of the woman and of the serpent. Adam called the woman as “Eve” because she was the mother of all living. This is how the sin entered the world. In order to reconcile man to God, Jesus relinquished his glory in heaven and came down into this world in the form of man and lived among us.

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel”. (Genesis 3:15)

GOD SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON FOR OUR SAKE

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Jesus said: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again”. (John 10:17)

SALVATION IS FREE OF COST

According to Bible good works alone will not get us into heaven but faith in Lord Jesus Christ alone saves us. Confession by mouth and the belief that God raised Him from the dead will get us salvation free of cost. Salvation is free. No amount of good works can get a person a place in heaven. The works will follow faith in Jesus Christ and salvation. May the Word of God speak to our hearts

Heavenly Father’s love is shown in John Chapter 3:16. He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ for our sake that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. There is a clause which is conditional here. The condition is that a person has to believe that The Father has sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ into this world for the remission of our sins. The purpose of sending Jesus into this world was that whoever believes in Him through Jesus Christ he will have everlasting life. The initial mission of Jesus was to seek the lost sheep of Israel. Jesus also said to his twelve disciples not to go into the way of the Gentiles and into any city of Samaritans. This was the time when Jesus preached the Kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 10:5-6). Later in Mathew Chapter 15 we see that a Gentile woman from Canaan approached Jesus and prayed to him addressing him as “O Lord, thou Son of David” and crying out to have mercy on her because her daughter was grievously vexed with a devil. Jesus did not answer her testing her faith but when his disciples interceded to send her away because she was crying, Jesus answered and said he was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of the Israel. This should not be misunderstood that Jesus came into this world only for the sake of Jews. It is indeed true that his first priority was to seek the lost sheep of Israel. Until his crucifixion Jesus was under the Law of Moses. It was divine plan that Jesus should keep the Law of Moses meticulously; yet Jesus being the Son of God, had compassion on the Gentile woman that her faith was great and granted to her answer to her prayer and her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (Matthew 15:22-28). Jesus nailed the handwritten laws and ordinances of Moses at the cross because they were contrary to the Gentiles. Those ordinances were blotted out as Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 2:14. The message of Salvation is sent out to everyone on the earth after resurrection of Jesus Christ as per the commission given by Jesus in Matthew Chapter 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8

David wrote in Psalm 28:1 “Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit” God will answer our prayers when we pray with faith. In the Gospel according to John Chapter 10 God’s love is shown toward all those who believe in him. There is a security of salvation assured. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Jesus said: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again”. (John 10:17). The believer in Christ is not redeemed with corruptible things such as silver and gold or from vain conversations of forefathers but by the precious blood of Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:18) God had sent Jesus Christ to be a propitiation for us and whoever believes in him shall be redeemed of his sin and justified before him. (Romans 3:25, 1 John 2:2)

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins”.1 John 4:10

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:7

“And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby” Ephesians 2:16

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Colossians 1:14

“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven”. Colossians 1:20

God loved us first and not that we did first. That is the reason why, though we trespassed His commandments, He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ to die on our stead.

JESUS CONQURED SATAN

“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation”. Hebrews 9:28

“That 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”. Romans 10:9

“Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it”. (Acts 2:24)

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:8-11)

Jesus died for our sake; he was buried, and was raised from the dead. Jesus, who is the seed of the woman crushed the head of the serpent at the cross. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day and he appeared to many. Death could not hold him in the grave and He conquered death. Later after forty days he ascended into heaven. Jesus will come again in the same manner he ascended into heaven.

MESSAGE OF SALVATION

By offering Himself upon the cross of Calvary, Jesus opened the way for everyone to be saved. Jesus died for our sake as atonement for our sins. He was the perfect sacrifice. Jesus said “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Jesus, who is righteous, declares us righteous upon our confession of our sins. Through the blood of Jesus Christ we have the redemption and the forgiveness of our sins. It pleased the Father to bruise him for sake and He did that according to his riches in Grace. Grace alone saves us. We are redeemed from our sins and have obtained forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ. Jesus died upon the cross of Calvary so that we may be reconciled unto Him. There is no difference whether we are Jews or Gentiles we are all one in Christ. Jesus died for all of us, and he rose from the dead and ascended in to heaven. We, who were His enemies, are made His children. The opposition that was caused between God and Man by man’s sin is reconciled once and for all by Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sake. We are reconciled unto God through His blood that was shed upon the cross of Calvary. All that we have to do is to believe that Jesus is the Lord.

INVITATION TO SALVATION

Today is the day of Salvation. It is your choice. Jesus Christ, who bore our sins and died for our sake, is resurrected and He is living God. He will come soon to receive the saved ones to be with Him eternally. Please do not lose this opportunity but confess your sins to him and be saved. It is not a way to convert you Christianity. God has his own ways of gaining men for himself. My message is a request that you may please accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, and as your Lord, so that you may have everlasting life just as I have gained peace through Him.

 

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