Salvation

How Can I Be Saved? By: Robert Cunningham

Did you read about the woman who dropped her income tax return in the wrong box? She was visiting in a hospital at the time. She thought it was a mail box, but it turned out to be a suggestion box, and by the time the suggestion box was opened, her income tax return was many months overdue.

The Internal Revenue Service, though very sympathetic, had to rule she was delinquent in paying her taxes and must pay the penalty.

The woman was sincere, but she was sincerely wrong. She wanted to do the right thing, but didn’t.

A lot of people make a similar mistake about religion. They put their faith in the wrong place. They may be very sincere, but unless they do the right thing, they may pay a fearful penalty.

Don’t accept the opinion of men on this important subject. If you are wondering, “How can I be saved?” go to the highest possible authority-the Bible-and get the answer that God has written in its sacred pages.

"For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”" (Rom 10:13). Does that sound too simple? Do you wish to look further in order to be sure there’s no mistake? "And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved" (Joel 2:32a). Almost the identical words!

In order to be quite sure, turn to Acts and read what Peter said. "And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’" (Acts 2:21). Surely the fact that this statement appears three times in the Bible means it’s very important.

There are four things about this inspired statement that you should notice. First of all, salvation is necessary. You need to be saved. That fact is clearly taught throughout the Bible. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (Rom 3:23). Man in his natural condition is alienated from God. He is a sinner by nature and by practice. He may be a refined sinner-very cultured, decent, and respectable-yet he is a sinner. He must receive forgiveness and cleansing and a new nature in order to be fit for heaven. This is true of every person in the world, even good people. It was to a very religious man that Jesus said, "Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again’" (John 3:7b). 

In the second place, you should notice that it’s our Lord Jesus Christ who saves men. "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness" (1 Peter 2:24a). The Bible also says, "that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures," (1 Cor 15:3b). No man can save his own soul. Neither can one man save another’s soul. As the poet put it: “There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin; He only could unlock the gate of Heaven, and let us in.”

The third thing to notice in the text is the simplicity of salvation. Even a child can understand it. All you need to do is “call on the name of the Lord.” Do you remember reading about that night when Jesus was walking on the water, and Peter started doing the same, but suddenly he began to sink? Peter didn’t have time to make a long prayer. He just had time to cry out; “Lord, save me” (Matt 14:30b), but that was enough. The Bible says that “Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him” (Matt 14:31a). He will save you too.

Of course, there must be faith in your heart. You must believe these things that you have been reading; namely, that you need to be saved, and that only Christ can save you. Furthermore, you must believe that He will save you. "All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out"(John 6:37). You must take action. You must call on Him.

There is a swinging footbridge over a creek not far from Springfield, Missouri. In dry weather there’s no water in the creek, and some people prefer to go down to the creek bed to get across, rather than traverse the unsteady bridge. Others, particularly the young, think it’s fun to use the lilting structure which sways first one way and then another with every step they take.

But when the creek is full, the only safe way to cross is to take the bridge, nervous though some may be about using it. Whether they have much faith in the bridge, or only a little faith, it will take them across if they will walk on it, for it’s quite strong.

That’s the way it is with salvation. Christ is ‘the Bridge, but you must step out in faith and put your dependence in Him in order to reach Heaven.

You may say, “But I don’t have enough faith.” Why? Don’t you think He can save you?

You don’t need a great amount of faith-just enough to call on Him in prayer and to believe that when you ask Him for salvation He gives it to you as He says He will.

Finally you need to notice that wonderful word everyone. That means everyone; old or young, rich or poor, educated or uneducated-everyone. It means you. No matter where you are, or what you have done, or how weak you feel, you can be saved by calling on the name of the Lord. He knows all about you. He loves you and desires to save you. He can transform your life if you will let, Him do it. Call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ this moment and you will be saved instantly. You will have the joy of salvation in this life, and an eternal home in Heaven.

Remember what the Bible says,"And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’" (Acts 2:21). 

Source: (http://agchurches.org/Sitefiles/Default/RSS/IValue/Resources/Salvation/Articles/HowCanIBeSaved.pdf) (Italics for editing)

All Scripture Quotations are from the English Standard Version 2011 (ESV)

The Sinners Prayer

“Father, I know that I have broken Your laws and my sins have separated me from You. I am truly sorry, and I repent of my sinful life toward You. Please forgive me, and make me new. I believe that Your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive forever, and hears my prayer. I confess Jesus as the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send Your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, do Your will, and honor You with my life. I know Heaven is my home, and I'll never be the same again! In Jesus' name I pray, Amen."

After you have accepted Christ as your Savior, we encourage you find a church family where you can belong, and to be baptized in water. Please message us if you have accepted Christ today. We love you, we celebrate you, and we are here for you! We welcome you to continue your new faith journey with us!

 
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