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How Do I Receive Eternal Life?

 

1. GOD'S LOVE 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."

Ephesians 2:4:  
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,"

God's love is far more than we can ever comprehend and He desires to give us eternal life through His Son who was resurrected from the dead.

2. SIN HAS SEPARATED MAN FROM GOD

Isaiah 53:6:
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."

Romans 5:12:
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"

Man chose to disobey God and go his own way. Sin means missing the mark of perfection.

3. MAN'S EFFORTS CANNOT REPAIR THE DAMAGE CREATED BY SIN

Romans 3:20:
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his own sight:"

Romans 4:5:
"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."

Titus 3:5a:
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done..."

Neither good works, moral lives, religion, baptism, church membership, confirmation, philosophy, can bridge the gulf which separates us from God.

4. JESUS CHRIST IS GOD'S REMEDY FOR SIN

Acts 13:38-39:
"Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."

Romans 5:8:
"But God commendeth [proved] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Ephesians 1:7:
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace."

I John 2:2:
"And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."

I John 4:9:  
"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him."

Jesus Christ, who was fully God and fully man, gave His own life to pay for all our sins. Through His resurrection, we can receive eternal life. Jesus truly paid it all. It is finished!

5. HOW TO ACCEPT GOD'S FREE GIFT OF SALVATION

John 1:12:
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"

John 6:47:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."

Acts 16:31:
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."

Romans 10:13:
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Ephesians 2:8-9:
"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."

Revelation 22:17:  
"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."

There is nothing that you can do to earn eternal life; you are saved by God's grace and grace alone. He has completely forgiven all your sins. If you sincerely turn to Christ Jesus in faith and trust Him for what He has done for you, God will save you and give you the Holy Spirit.

It is not a prayer that saves you; prayer is only evidence of your faith and trust in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The following is only a sample prayer, but you may pray in your own words.

Sample Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe with all my heart that you are the Son of God who died on the cross for all my sins and that you rose again from the dead to offer me your righteousness and resurrected life. I now place my faith in You as my personal Savior and ask you to come into my life and teach me about your love and grace. Thank you for forgiving me and giving me the gift of eternal life.

Believe that God has heard your prayer and that you have received the Holy Spirit, the life of God, which gives eternal life to you. You are now His child and your salvation is settled once and for all. May you abide in Christ, live by faith, and grow in your understanding of His grace and love. The blessed Holy Spirit will be with you forever, comforting you, and teaching you the things of Christ.

Ephesians 1:6-7:
"To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace"

Ephesians 1:3
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"

Ephesians 1:13:
"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise."

I John 2:12:
"I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake."

John 8:36:
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed"

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

John 10:28:
"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."

John 20:31:
"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."

Philippians 1:6:
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:"

I John 5:13:
"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..."


Related Material:

My Position in Christ (accepted and secure forever)

Full Assurance (Wonderful assurance for those doubting their salvation; by the late H. A. Ironside) [offsite link]

Poems/Free Verse/Comfort in Music (comfort for the brokenhearted; no audio)

Prayers for Freedom From Spiritual Strongholds (Very effective in gaining liberation from strongholds and oppressions due to involvement in any harmful cult or occult practices; includes moral issues)

Where is the True Church?

Spiritual Healing links


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