Plan of Salvation

Step one:  Realize that you are a sinner:  Romans 3:23 “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  We tend to classify sin in two categories, great and small. In God’s eyes however, sin is sin regardless of the degree we assign to it. 

Step two: Understand there is a price to pay for your sin.  Romans 6:23  “the wages of sin is death.”  The word death here is refering to and eternal seperation from God. You might think, “Well that’s not a big deal, he is not in my life now so what’s the difference.” Consider this: “This world experiences reasonable order and stability as a result of God's blessing on His people. Imagine the chaos and turmoil in the world, if 'Gods blessings were removed and evil was allowed to run rampant and unchecked“. 

Step Three:  Acknowledge that  Jesus on the Cross paid the debt of sin.  Romans 5:8 “but God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”   I once heard a story of how a man rushed in front of a moving vehicle to push a young child, whom he did not know, out of danger. The man died from his injuries. He was not asked to sacrifice his life, nor was he paid for his heroic deed. The last words the man spoke were in the answer to a question “Why did you do it?”  He said, “The child could not save himself. I was the only hope he had.” The only hope we have is Jesus Christ. We could never earn salvation through our works of righteousness or pay for it through financial giving. 

Step Four:  Acknowledge that Christ wants to give you the free gift of eternal life in heaven.  Romans 6:23b “… but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  My upbringing taught me that you don’t get anything for free! So when I heard that salvation was a free gift, I began looking for the catch. A man once asked me if I ever loved someone so much that I just wanted to give them a gift without expectation of anything in return?  As a husband and parent I find myself with that mindset continually. My motivation is strictly love. We see that this is the mindset of God as well when we read John 3:16  “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.” 

Step Five:    Accept this gift by believing in Christ and asking Him to be your savior. Romans 10:9 “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.”    My pride kept telling me, if I accept this gift, it is as if I am accepting charity from God. One day it finally clicked. If I were sliding down a cliff and someone threw me a rope and told me to grab hold so they could pull me up, would I debate the issue of charity or even what my friends might think if I were to accept help? How foolish! I would accept the gift of the rope and hold on tight. Will pride keep you from accepting the gift of salvation? Romans 10:13 says “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

This page updated: 4/15/2020
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