Steps to Salvation through Jesus Christ

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Salvation through Jesus Christ

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This page shows the steps to Salvation through Jesus Christ. While the entire Bible carries this message, these verses are examples of the different steps toward Salvation.

God loves us, and wants to have a relationship with us.

  • God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)
  • I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. (Psalm 52:8)
  • How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)
  • We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

However, we have rebelled against God, and our Sin separates us from God.

  • But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)
  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Most of us try to do good things (works) to get back to God, but we cannot earn back God’s forgiveness or re-establish our relationship with Him through our own efforts.

  • For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)
  • …they pursued it not by faith, but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the ‘stumbling stone.’ (Romans 9:32)

Through our sins and our broken relationship with God, our punishment is death and eternal separation from God.

  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
  • I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins. (John 8:24)

So that we can re-establish our relationship with Him, God provided his Son, Jesus Christ, to do for US what we cannot do for ourselves.

  • But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
  • For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
  • For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all men. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Jesus Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins through His death on the cross.

  • This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:28)
  • He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds! (1 Peter 2:24)

When we accept the gift of Jesus Christ from God, and admit that we have sinned and ask for His forgiveness, our sins ARE forgiven, and our relationship with God is rebuilt.

  • …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)
  • …there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (Luke 15:10)
  • If you confess with your mouth – Jesus is Lord – and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

By accepting and believing in Jesus Christ, we ask for His leadership and guidance through life. We are reborn as a new person, in Christ.

  • Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
  • Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

After accepting Jesus Christ, our good deeds, or works, are done to honor Him, not ourselves. We do not earn salvation by doing good works, but rather the works come FROM salvation by Jesus.

  • What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith save him? … In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:14,17)
  • For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

By accepting Jesus, we defeat death, and can look forward to an eternal relationship with God.

  • For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all, and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Romans 10:12-13)
  • Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:55)
  • I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)

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