John 3:16-18 says, “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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
Step 1. Recognize yourself as a sinner
Have you ever….
- Put anything above God?
- Taken the Lord’s name in vain?
- Dishonored your father or mother?
- Murdered someone?
[1 John 3:15] – Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.
- Committed adultery?
[Matthew 5:28] – But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
- Stolen? No matter how small.
- Covet your neighbor’s things?
If you are guilty of any of the above, then you are a sinner!
Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
1 John 1:8 says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
Step 2. Realize that your sin separates you from God
Romans 6:23, “for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord”
Isaiah 59:2, “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”
Because God is a Holy God, sin stains our soul and separates us from God. God cannot allow sin to enter into heaven. In order for us to be able to enter into heaven, our sin must be paid for.
Step 3. Jesus paid the price for our sin
If we make Jesus our Lord, then he paid for your sin on the cross. All you have to do is believe that he did it for you, and that you are his treasured purchased possession. There is no work you can do to earn heaven, only faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection saves.
Ephesians 2:8-9, “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.”
Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”
Romans 6:23, “But the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”
Romans 5:6-8 “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
When you become a Christ believer, your sin is put to death on the cross, and remembered by God no more.
Micah 7:19, “Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!”
If we accept what Jesus has done for us, than our sin is put to death on the cross, and we are free to enter heaven! Jesus paid the price and made us his own.
What if you don’t accept what Jesus has done for you?
Then you will pay for your own sins for all eternity, in hell.
Hebrews 10:31: “It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Romans 1-20: “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”
How do you accept what Jesus has done for you?
Repeat this prayer, and believe it.
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name. Amen.”
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
I encourage you to find a local bible believing Church that feels like home to you. I would encourage you to talk to the Pastor as a new believer and he should be able to guide you on the right path.
If you accepted Jesus as Lord, you’re on your way to an incredible adventure that never ends!