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Accepting God's Gift of Salvation:
In Romans, the apostle Paul puts our spiritual choice into simple terms, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). We have been given the opportunity in this physical life to make an eternal choice.
We have the choice of rejecting God's grace and mercy expressed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which leads to an eternal separation from God. The choice may not affect your life here and now, but it moves you into an eternity without hope, love, or grace as a consequence.
The choice to reconcile your life to the God who loves you leads to a different destination. This gift of eternal life with God in heaven is a result of Jesus Christ's action on the cross for you and me. There is a real choice to be made. An act of our spiritual will followed by our devoted following of His Word.
Here is the acceptance of salvation in a nutshell:
1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
We don't just say we are sorry for the action of sin. We confess our need of forgiveness for the action of sin and for cleansing from the bent in our heart to sin.
John 3:16-18, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone believing in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Everyone believing in him is not condemned, but everyone who does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."
We must believe - belief evidenced in the actions of our lives - that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Believe that he lived, died, arose from the grave, and is coming again. Believe that His way is righteous and deserves our best effort and obedience.
Mark 1:15, "'The time has come,' he said. 'The Kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!'"
Repent means "to turn." In this spiritual action, it is to "turn your life back to God." It is the laying down of the "old" to put on the "new" life in Christ.
Romans 8:15, "The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.'"
By confessing our sin and believing on His power, we turn to God and receive His salvation by faith! If you are ready to make this a reality in your life today, God is ready to hear your prayer.
If you have made a decision through the people or ministries of our church, we would love to hear about it. Please email us your questions or stories at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need help or want to talk more, contact the church or pay us a visit.