DO YOU KNOW JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR?
The Bible says there are certain things a person must know to receive forgiveness of sins.
1. You have to realize that you are a sinner. Scripture is clear on this point, and the evidence is everywhere. All you have to do is look outside to see that no one is perfect. God has set a standard for each of us that we have failed to achieve.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Our sin has separated us from God, because he is just and righteous. He cannot tolerate any deviation from his moral law. Yet, He offers us a free gift: forgiveness and reconciliation. You see, we can’t do it by ourselves. There is nothing you can do to earn God’s forgiveness, but He offers it anyway, because He loves us.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
3. God provided a way to remove our sins, so that He could forgive us while remaining fair and just.
John 3:16 says, “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.”
Jesus Christ came to live and die on this Earth that you may have eternal life.
John 14:6 says, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.’”
John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
Jesus Christ, God incarnate, died on the cross as our substitute, exchanging our sins for His righteousness.
4. God will forgive us and give us eternal life if we repent (admit our sin and turn away from it).
Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him.”
Acts 8:22 says, “Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.”
John 1:29 says, “The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.’”
5. God knows the intent of our heart. He is not man that he is fooled by the outward appearance. If we repent and confess Jesus as Lord, Scripture says that we will be saved; God will spare us His wrath and forgive us for how we have rebelled against His rule over creation.
Romans 10:9-10 says, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
If you have questions about Jesus or the forgiveness He offers, you can visit http://needhim.org and speak to someone who will help answer those.