God loves us and wants us to go to heaven, so He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for us to pay for our sins.
The Bible says in John 3:16 “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.”
Why we need Jesus to save us:
The Bible says in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
This means that everyone, including you, is a sinner.
God is Holy, and cannot allow sin into heaven. In order to go to heaven you must receive forgiveness of your sins from God.
What is sin and who was this man that brought sin into the world?
Sin is disobeying God.
The man that brought sin into the world was the first man Adam.
When God created Adam he told him not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When Adam disobeyed God and ate of that tree he became a sinner and died spiritually (Meaning he was separated from God). Adam’s sin also brought physical death and disease into the world.
Genesis 2:7-9″And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”
Genesis 2:15-17 “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
Genesis 3:22-24 “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
We are sinners because we are descended from Adam and because we too have disobeyed God. The sin nature is passed down from father to child.
Some of God’s laws are the 10 commandments and are found in Exodus 20:1-17.
The 10 commandments are:
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
- Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain (without value)
- Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.(today Jesus is our Sabbath Hebrews 4:9-10)
- Honor thy father and thy mother
- Thou shalt not kill
- Thou shalt not commit adultery (Includes lust in the mind Matthew 5:28)
- Thou shalt not steal
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
- Thou shalt not covet
If we are honest, we have all broken some of these commandments. If you have ever told a “White lie”, disobeyed your parents as a child, stolen anything even something small like a pen, blamed someone else for something you did or broken any of the other 10 commandments then you are a sinner.
The Bible says that if we break just one of these commandments we are guilty of breaking all of them and we are sinners.
James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
The punishment for our sin is spiritual death, which is being separated from God for all eternity and being tortured in hell ( a burning lake of fire) for all eternity.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Revelation 20:15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
But God loves us and does not want us to go to hell, so He sent Jesus Christ, His only begotten son to die on a cross and rise from the dead three days later to save us.
Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
John 3:16 “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 is able to save us because He is not a sinner. The sin nature is passed down from father to child. Although Jesus had a human mother, who was a sinner and had to be saved just like us, His Father is God and God is perfect. This is why Jesus had to be born of a virgin (Luke 1:2635).
In addition, not only is Jesus the only begotten Son of God, He also is God.
John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”
John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
If we admit that we are sinners and repent of (turn away from) our sins, and believe that Jesus Christ is God, that He died on a cross, and bodily arose from the dead 3 days later, then we will go to Heaven and live forever with God when our physical bodies die or when Jesus comes back and takes all of the saved to Heaven.
Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
You must believe that Jesus arose from the dead in a flesh and bone body, not just in Spirit form.
Luke 24:36-40 “And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.”
What does it mean to believe in Jesus?
To believe in Jesus does not mean to only be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus is and what He did.
The word “believe” in Romans 10:9 in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance roots backwards twice to a word, which means “obey” (the word believe is Strong’s # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield).
This shows that true faith is rooted in obedience.
Therefore, in order to fulfill the requirements of salvation in Romans 10:9 you must be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus Christ is and what He has done, and your heart must change from wanting to sin to wanting to obey God. This is an immediate change of your heart (meaning desire and will).
It means that you yield (submit) your will to God’s will.
That is repentance of sins, and it is required for you to receive forgiveness of your sins.
Luke 13:5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
Ezekiel 18:23 “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”
Ezekiel 18:23 agrees with 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
In addition, Matthew 9:13 says “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Your actions may not change immediately, but you are going to be so convicted over your sin, when you mess up, that you are going to cry out to God to help you to change.
This is the only way you can go to heaven.
If you have never done this please do it now. Here is a prayer that you can pray word for word or use as a guide to tell God that you believe the gospel, repent of your sins and ask Him to forgive you of your sins. You will not get saved just by praying this prayer, you must truly believe and repent with your heart.
The prayer does not save you. The decision to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins is what saves you. The prayer just helps you tell God that you have made these decisions.
Here is the prayer:
“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and bodily arose from the dead 3 days later to pay for my sins. I repent of my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to obey you and live for you for now on. Please take me to heaven when my life on this earth is over. Thank you for saving me. In Christ Jesus name, Amen.”