God’s Simple Plan of Salvation


You can know for sure that Heaven is your eternal home!

Ask yourself the most important question of your life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Do I have absolute assurance that I am going to heaven when I die? That question doesn’t ask about how good you think you’re living. It doesn’t ask if you attend church. Do you know that you will go to heaven when you die? And if what you believed was not true, would you want to know it?

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to a very religious man named Nicodemus, “You must be born again.”

In the Bible God gives us His plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. Saved from what? To be born again means to be saved from your sins. Living in sin has a pay-off, which is eternity in hell. It also means to be saved from a meaningless life in this world. Developing a personal relationship with Jesus right now can give you hope and a purpose for living. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?


MAN’S DILEMMA:
We are separated from God because of our sin.

First, come to grips with the reality that you are a sinner. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Every person outside of a relationship with Jesus is a “friend of the world;” an “enemy of God.” When things that displease God is our friend, we are attracted to temptations that come through the passions of our body and whatever we think is best, including taking pride in things that are not of God. Put another way, our affection for the things of this world crowd out our affection for God.

  • We are God’s enemies by choice: “We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the LORD has punished Him for the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
  • We are enemies because of sin: “All have turned away; all alike have become useless. There is no one who does what is good, not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they deceive with their tongues. Vipers’ venom is under their lips. Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and wretchedness are in their paths, and the path of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:12-18).

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell. “And just as it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).


GOD’S SOLUTION TO MAN’S DILEMMA:
The Lord Jesus Christ

God loved you so much He sent His only Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus had to bleed as an unblemished sacrifice and die. “According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).

“But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8).

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.

  • The shed blood of Jesus “atones” for your sins. Atonement is the central idea of why Jesus was willing to die a physical death on the cross. Atonement is a word that means “to cover.” The blood of Jesus covers our sin. Jesus’ sacrifice reconnects our broken relationship with God, who is always holy. “Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!” (Romans 5:9-10).
  • Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for our sin. “How much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14).


MAN’S RESPONSE TO GOD’S SOLUTION:
Repent and turn to God through Christ

You need to know that “… God now commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of heart that agrees with God that each of us sins. This turning from our old reality to a new reality also agrees with what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross.

And the good news is that Jesus did not stay dead; buried in the ground. Peter was one of Jesus’ followers. He said, “God raised up this man on the third day and permitted Him to be seen… He commanded us to preach to the people and to solemnly testify that He is the One appointed by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead.  All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins” (Acts 10:41-43).

Two other men named Paul and Silas who followed Jesus encountered a jailer who asked: “‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household’” (Acts 16:30-31).

Simply believe on Jesus as the One who put your sin on Himself, died in your place, was buried, and whom God brought back to life. His resurrection powerfully assures that you, as a believer, are guaranteed everlasting life when Jesus is received as your Lord. You will be saved from judgment.

“But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

And “everyone” means you. “Will be saved” means not maybe, nor can, but totally saved right away.

By now you are very aware of the sin in your own life. Right now, wherever you are, turn from those sins once and for all and believe in Jesus to forgive you and save you. You can talk to God about it right now. He’s waiting to hear the cry of your heart.


PRAY THIS PRAYER TO HAVE CHRIST IN YOUR LIFE!

Jesus taught that a sinner could pray: “God, turn Your wrath from me—a sinner!” (Luke 18:13). Just pray:

Oh, God, I know I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus died for my sins so that I would not have to pay for my sins. I believe Jesus suffered, died, was buried, and brought back to life for me. I now receive Jesus as my Savior. By faith I ask that You save me from my sin and send your Holy Spirit to live in me. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation, and everlasting life, because You are full of mercy and grace. Amen.

Just take God at His word and freely accept His gift of salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no organization, and no good works can save you for all eternity. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!

If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this page over and over without clicking to something else until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than anything this world has to offer.

“For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life?” (Mark 8:36)

So, be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you’ll miss Heaven and lose everything. Please! Let God save you this very moment.


ASSURANCE:
Trust what God has done in you!

God’s power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God’s promises, they never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth:

  • Pray – you talk to God.
  • Spend time with God’s Word, the Bible – God talks to you.
  • Make disciples of others – you talk for God.


WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?

You should be baptized in obedience to Jesus as a public testimony of your salvation, and then become an active member of a church that believes the Bible is true without delay. “So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord…” (2 Timothy 1:8).

Jesus gave His followers a command to “Go, therefore, and make disciples” of all people (Matthew 28:19). Find another follower of Jesus and together tell others you know what Jesus has done in your life. “Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32).

If you prayed and committed you heart and life to Jesus to be your Savior and Lord, please email me at msnowden@mobaptist.org. I’d be delighted to help you, whether it’s finding a church or answering your questions.

Mark Snowden
Evangelism/Discipleship
Missouri Baptist Convention

Bible verses are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville Tennessee. All rights reserved. Used by permission 2012.