Do you want to be forgiven and at peace with your Creator? Do you want to entrust yourself to the One who is greater than the spirits, the One who can break the chains of addiction, and who is able to give you new life? Come to Jesus. God tells us that we can be forgiven, saved from the punishment that we deserve, and have eternal life with Him by believing in Jesus Christ. What does it mean to believe in this sense? It means to repent (change your mind regarding the person and work of Jesus) and trust in Jesus alone to save you from judgment and to restore the broken relationship with your Creator. In other words, you are agreeing with God, turning away from whatever you are trusting in – even if it’s simply unbelief, and placing your complete trust only in Jesus Christ and what He did to save you.
It’s imperative that you understand that according to God, without Jesus Christ we have no hope. God tells us that there is nothing we can do to atone for our sin. But Jesus could. Jesus became our substitute. He died on the cross to pay the penalty our sins deserve. God the Father was completely satisfied with His payment and raised Jesus up from the dead three days later. It’s His work that saves us. We simply place our trust in Him alone to save us. This is God’s amazing grace.
Some people are relying on what they can do – things like good works, ceremonies, and other religious expressions, or generally just trying to be a good person. But God is clear. No amount of good works will ever make a person right with God. They can never undo the wrong we’ve done. It is by His grace received through faith in Jesus Christ that saves us. We must not trust in what we can do, but rather in what God has done for us in Christ. Good works – works that are pleasing to God – are important, but we need to be clear that they are a result of His saving work, not the cause of it. They are the fruit of the new life that God gives us when we put our trust in Jesus… when we are born into His family by faith in Jesus Christ. It is then that He gives us His Holy Spirit who enables us to live fearlessly and faithfully for Him.
Consider what the Bible says:
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
John 3:16-17 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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Acts 16:31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Acts 4:12 “let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. “This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Romans 10:8-11 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
1 John 5:9-13 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
My friend, do you see your need to be reconciled to God? Many years ago, a jailer under conviction about his own standing with God, asked the question, “What must I do to be saved?” The answer is recorded in the Bible in Acts 16:31 – and it’s as true for us today as it was for him back then: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.“
Only Jesus can set you free from the power of sin, death, and spiritual oppression. If you are convinced that Jesus is the only One who can save you, why don’t you turn to Him now. For the Scripture (God’s written word) says, “Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same LORD of all is rich to all who call on him. For, “Whoever will call on the name of the LORD will be saved.” Romans 10:11-13
If you’ve done this, don’t keep it to yourself. Find someone to tell what God has done for you. Then, follow Jesus.
Read on to find out how to get started.