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The Plan of Salvation
If DEATH CAME TODAY, do you KNOW FOR SURE you would go to Heaven?
A message to you … from Pastor Ronny Harrison
It is a sad but true fact that most people, even “religious” people are not sure they will go to Heaven when they die. The Bible declares, however, that we can know for sure. I John chapter 5 and verse 13 says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God, that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life…”
In order to have this wonderful assurance, you need first to realize a few Bible facts.
First of all, the Bible says, “There is none righteous, no not one…For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:10, 23). Everyone is a sinner. Oh, it is true that one may live more wickedly than another, but it is also true that not one of us is perfect! We each have sinned during our lifetime. Thus, we are each a sinner.
Did you know there was a penalty established for sin before man was ever created? God designed a lake of fire, hell, as a punishment for the sin of Satan and his followers before man even entered the picture. The “everlasting fire” was “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). As a result, when man chooses to sin, he condemns himself to the hell intended for Satan. With the punishment already stated, justice demands that a each sinner burn in this lake of fire. “The wicked SHALL be turned into hell” (Psalm 9:17).
Man burning in a lake of fire is like a puppy being caught in a mouse trap. That was not the original purpose of the trap. Just as we would try to free the puppy from the trap, God provided a way that we could be delivered from the eternal punishment of sin.
“God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). God allowed the Lord Jesus Christ to take our place, to pay our penalty with His own blood. He literally passed through hell for us. When Jesus Christ died on the cross two thousand years age, He died as your substitute. He was died to keep you from having to go to hell.
Then, the Bible declares, “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:9, 13). The Lord offers us Jesus Christ as our substitute just as the preacher offers a bride to a groom in a wedding ceremony. If we sincerely believe that God can save us, and we are willing to say “I DO” to Jesus Christ, the Bible promises “Thou Shalt be Saved!”
Salvation is a free gift offered to us by God. He wants us to have it, but He doesn’t force us to receive it. He gives each one the opportunity to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Savior, but the final decision is ours.
May I ask you a question? Would you like to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? Would you like to know that your sins have been forgiven? Would you like to know for sure that you have a home awaiting you in Heaven when this life is over?
Would you bow your head and ask Jesus to be your Savior right now? If your answer is, “Yes”, then let me invite you to pray this prayer or something like it right now.
“Dear Lord, I know I am a sinner. I deserve to go to hell and pay for my own sins. However, right this moment, I accept Jesus Christ as my savior. The best I know how, I am placing faith in Christ to save me. Please come into my heart, forgive me for my sins, and save me now, Lord Jesus. Thank you for dying to pay for my sins, and thank you for saving my soul! Now, help me to live for you. Amen!”
Congratulations for making the greatest decision you’ll ever make! Now, let me give you three very important suggestions. First, tell someone you have accepted Jesus as your savior. “For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (Romans 10:11). Secondly, come to church this Sunday at Landmark Baptist Church in Galax, Virginia, and let me know you have trusted Christ as your Savior. I would like to rejoice with you and be of any help I can as you begin a brand new life in Jesus Christ. If you live a long distance from our city, find a King James Bible-believing, Soul-winning, Independent Baptist Church in your area. Go to the next service they have and tell the preacher about your decision to receive Christ as your savior. Thirdly, begin to get to know your Savior by reading what he has written to you in the Bible, and by talking to him through prayer. Put into practice what you learn and you will be surprised how quickly you will grow as a Christian.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17)
If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let us know. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually.
If you have questions or concerns you would like help with, please call or write and let us know. We're here to help you understand the love that Jesus is offering you for free, no matter who or where you are. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (276) 236-3343, or write to us at:
Landmark Baptist Church
110 E Center Street
Galax, VA 24333