12th December 2016

Plan Of Salvation

“What is the plan of salvation / way of salvation?”Are you hungry? Not physically hungry, but do you have a hunger for something more in life? Is there something deep inside of you that never seems to be satisfied? If so, Jesus is the way! Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).Are you confused? Can you never seem to find a path or purpose in life? Does it seem like someone has turned out the lights and you cannot find the switch? If so, Jesus is the way! Jesus proclaimed, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).Do you ever feel like you are locked out of life? Have you tried so many doors, only to find that what is behind them is empty and meaningless? Are you looking for an entrance into a fulfilling life? If so, Jesus is the way! Jesus declared, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture” (John 10:9).Do other people always let you down? Have your relationships been shallow and empty? Does it seem like everyone is trying to take advantage of you? If so, Jesus is the way! Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me” (John 10:11, 14).Do you wonder what happens after this life? Are you tired of living your life for things that only rot or rust? Do you sometimes doubt whether life has any meaning? Do you want to live after you die? If so, Jesus is the way! Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25-26).What is the way? What is the truth? What is the life? Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).The hunger that you feel is a spiritual hunger, and can only be filled by Jesus. Jesus is the only one who can lift the darkness. Jesus is the door to a satisfying life. Jesus is the friend and shepherd that you have been looking for. Jesus is the life—in this world and the next. Jesus is the way of salvation!The reason you feel hungry, the reason you seem to be lost in darkness, the reason you cannot find meaning in life, is that you are separated from God. The Bible tells us that we have all sinned, and are therefore separated from God (Ecclesiastes 7:20Romans 3:23). The void you feel in your heart is God missing from your life. We were created to have a relationship with God. Because of our sin, we are separated from that relationship. Even worse, our sin will cause us to be separated from God for all of eternity, in this life and the next (Romans 6:23John 3:36).How can this problem be solved? Jesus is the way! Jesus took our sin upon Himself (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus died in our place (Romans 5:8), taking the punishment that we deserve. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, proving His victory over sin and death (Romans 6:4-5). Why did He do it? Jesus answered that question Himself: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Jesus died so that we could live. If we place our faith in Jesus, trusting His death as the payment for our sins, all of our sins are forgiven and washed away. We will then have our spiritual hunger satisfied. The lights will be turned on. We will have access to a fulfilling life. We will know our true best friend and good shepherd. We will know that we will have life after we die—a resurrected life in heaven for eternity with Jesus!“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).Have you made a decision for Christ because of what you have read here? If so, please click on the “I have accepted Christ today” button below.

 

The plan of salvation – What is it?

The plan of salvation refers to a way of coming to faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Individuals may take different journeys to come to a realization that they need salvation, but the way of salvation is the same for all—Jesus.The Bible is clear that the source of salvation is Jesus Christ alone.

John 3:17teaches, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only plan for salvation.But why do we need to be saved? Human sinfulness.

Romans 3:23declares, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The consequence of our sinfulness apart from salvation is spiritual death (Romans 6:23) and eternity apart from God in hell (Matthew 25:46).How can we be saved? By grace through faith in Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8-9teaches, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Salvation is a gift. It cannot be earned, only accepted.When can we be saved? Right now.Second Corinthians 6:2teaches, “now is the day of salvation.” No one knows how long he or she will live. We must not delay, but place our faith in Jesus and be saved now while there is time. As John the Baptist taught, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).How long does salvation last? Forever. When we have sincerely placed our faith in Jesus, He gives us eternal life that no one can take away.Romans 8:38-39shares, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”First John 5:13adds, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”Are you in need of salvation? Are you ready to place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Saviour and receive this free gift of eternal life? If so, do it now. There is no special prayer you must pray to do so.

Romans 10:9says, “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.” The following prayer is one way you might make this confession with your mouth:Dear God, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Right now I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who lived a sinless life, died in my place to cover my sinfulness, and rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life.”

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