This excerpt is from the new Child of God Bible Study series by Kimberly McRae. A PDF copy of this text is available for download.
If you want to know how you can have a personal relationship with Jesus take comfort in the fact that God loves you dearly and is waiting to hear from you.
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. – John 3:16-17
God loves all of us despite the fact that we have been born with a sinful nature as a result of the fall of Adam. He desires to see us repent of that sin. There is no one that is without sin.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: - Romans 3:10
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; - Romans 3:23
The penalty for sin is to live for eternity in hell but there is hope.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 6:23
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
Because He is God in the flesh, Jesus was the only sinless man to walk the earth which is why He was the only acceptable sacrifice to pay our sin debt with God the Father.
Scripture tells us that we must repent of our sins and ask the Father’s forgiveness.
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. – Mark 1:15
When we repent and confess Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we will be saved.
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. – Romans 10:9-10
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Romans 10:13
Once you have received salvation the Holy Spirit comes to live within you. You will be born again of the Spirit.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. – John 3:3
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. – John 3:5-7
There is no other way of salvation other than repentance and confession of Jesus as Lord and Saviour. John 3 tells us that being born of the Spirit is the only way for us to have eternal life in heaven.
Many are under the false impression that being religiously minded will save them. Jesus said that ye “must” be born again otherwise He will not claim you as His own.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. – Matthew 7:21-23
Works (trying to live righteously) cannot save you from the consequences of the sin that you were born with.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
Through Jesus we can have eternal life in heaven.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. – John 3:36
Salvation secures us a place in heaven while it brings us peace, joy and hope here on earth.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. – Romans 5:1-2
When you repent and accept Christ as your Saviour God forgives you of ALL your past sin. While there may still be consequences of that sin you are forgiven and it is not held against you by God. You are seen as righteous in His sight.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:1-2
You become a new creature.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthian 5:17
You become a child of God.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. – 1 John 3:1-3
With salvation and eternal security you will never be separated from the Lord Jesus.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
We never know what tomorrow will bring or the next minute. There is no better time than the present to repent and seek God’s forgiveness. God is willing to forgive you and is waiting to hear from you. Do not delay.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9
If you believe in your heart that you are separated from God by sin, desire His forgiveness, and believe that Jesus Christ came to die on the cross to pay your sin debt now is the time to go to Him to confess these things to Him in prayer.
Pray the prayer of salvation:
Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner in need of your forgiveness. I am truly sorry for my sins and ask that you would forgive me and make me righteousness in your eyes. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and was raised from the dead. I confess Him as Lord and Saviour of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you truly repented and confessed Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you are now born again. You have been saved and are righteous in God’s eyes.
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May you find favor in the Lord’s sight and experience the peace that only He can bring.