The good news is that… Jesus Loves You So Much and Jesus Saves!
So, who is Jesus? Jesus Christ is the Son of God (see Romans 1:1-6). Why should we know Jesus Christ? All people have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and the wages of Sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus (see Romans 6:23) and also (see Romans 3:23-26). “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus,” (Romans 3:23-26). Amen.
Why does God want to save sinners? God Loves Us ALL – All the people of the world, (see John 3:16). “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,” (John 3:16). The clear truth is that without believing in Jesus Christ – the Son of God, we would have all perished. Meaning, without Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that He provided for us, we would have had to face God’s judgment and that would have meant eternity in Hell because none of us (human beings) was able to keep God’s commandments perfectly in order to save ourselves (due to the fall of our first earthly father and mother – Adam and Eve – See Genesis 3). However, by believing in Jesus Christ and through the sacrifice He provided for us, we can now gain eternal life with God here on earth and in Heaven, (see John 3:16 and John 14:1-3).
So how do we move from being a ‘sinner’ to getting ‘eternal life’? The good news is that God has made a way and Jesus Christ is the Way. The bible tells us that, anyone may come to Jesus Christ and receive salvation by confessing to Him, repenting genuinely in our hearts, believing God and surrendering our lives to Him. This means letting Jesus become our personal Lord and Savior, and for us to live a life that is above sin through the grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Meaning, we no longer surrender our lives to sin anymore but we are determined to do God’s will through the grace and strength provided to us through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The bible tells us: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God 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,” (Romans 10:9-10).
The Sinner’s Prayer can really be your own personal prayer to God in your own words. But, here is a sample prayer you can use: *Note: You should genuinely mean what you say to God and truly mean what you say to God in your prayer.*
“Dear God, I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus is your Son and that He came to earth and died on the cross of Calvary for my sins, and that He arose again to live forever. Dear Lord Jesus, please forgive me of all my sins and come into my heart and become my personal Lord and Savior. Write my name in the Book of Life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus for your sacrifice for me. So I declare that, “From now on, I am Born Again, and I will live my life for God, in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!””
If you have truly prayed this prayer or your own personal repentance prayer to God, and have truly meant it, then Praise be to God and Thanks be to God! Amen! By the grace of God, you are ‘born-again!’ Welcome to the family of God’s faithful people! As a new born in the gospel of Jesus Christ, you should really (we highly recommend, as a loving reminder) seek to read, study, and understand God’s Word – the bible, in order to feed your soul, body, mind, and spirit. As much as possible, you should get baptized by water (we recommend this because Jesus did it in His lifetime on earth to show us an example and as much as possible – Jesus wants His disciples to be baptized as well – see Mark 1:9-11 and Matthew 28:19-20). Also according to God’s will and timing, continue to pray and Jesus will sanctify you (see John 17:17) and baptize you with the Holy Spirit (see Mark 1:8).
As a born-again child of God, we no longer desire to sin and we no longer will it or intend it in our hearts to purposely sin against God (see John 3:5-7, 1 John 3:4-12, 1 John 5:18-21, 1 John 5:1-5, and 1 Peter 1:22-25), but if the Holy Spirit points out a sin in our life, we quickly repent and forsake that sin immediately or as soon as possible. God is Holy and He wants us to live Holy, be Holy, and to remain Holy as well (see 1 Peter 1:15-16). The point is that in this world we are still getting trials and temptations but we overcome them with the power of God through the Holy Spirit and the grace of Jesus Christ! Remember that Jesus Christ overcame the world already. We rely on and are clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ because His righteousness is perfect, and we live according to God’s will out of love for God and in obedience to God.
There’s More! God promises to reward us for our obedience to His commands. See Matthew 16:27, Matthew 5:12, and Matthew 6:4. Of course, the overall objective of the born-again child of God is to love God and to keep His commandments as part of His family, (see Romans 8:16). Also, as a newly born-again Christian (as well as other born-again Christians), it is very helpful to continue to pray earnestly (as often as possible), read the bible (as much as possible), and sing and/or listen to spiritual songs (praise and worship) like the hymns and psalms, so that you can continue to grow. It is also helpful to meet and fellowship with other born-again Christians. We love you as Jesus commands – See John 15:12-16. So we recommend finding a good church where the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached from the bible.
Then, What’s Next? Very Exciting … We (ALL BELIEVERS or the body of Christ) live by God’s grace, victorious lives through fellowship with Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father, and the Holy Spirit! We live by faith every day (see Hebrews 10:38a) and we await the Second Coming of Jesus Christ or Rapture! See John 14:1-3 and 1 Thessalonians 4:17, and/or we will meet Him at the end of our time here, (see John 8:51 and 2 Corinthians 5:5-11), but He is always with us, (see Matthew 28:19-20).
Helpful resources: Keep in mind – God’s Commandments: see Exodus 20:3-17; Mark 12:30-31; Matthew 16:24; John 13:34; 1 John 3:21-23; be led and guided by God’s Spirit (see Romans 8:14), and you should (we lovingly remind) continue to read and study the scriptures for additional guidelines. By God’s grace, heaven awaits Us (ALL Born-again Believers – See John 3:3). May God greatly bless you!
Jesus Loves You Today, Everyday, and Forevermore!
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