5: SEEKING SALVATION
Salvation, the cure for sin, is for all who desire it and will meet
A. Come to Him. We do come to God and it is possible to do this someplace
by ourselves; however, most people feel comfortable having a pastor or other
qualified spiritual counselor to help them.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest.
B. Confess that you are a sinner.
For all have sinned and fall short of
the glory of God.
C. Ask God what He expects you to do.
And he brought them out and said,
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
D. Call upon God confessing to Him that you know you are a sinner but
that you believe He will take away your sins.
For “whoever calls on the
name of the Lord shall be saved.”
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
E. Plead for His mercy.
And the tax collector, standing afar
off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast,
saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’
F. Repent. To repent means to change, to be so sorry about your sinful
life that you are ready and willing to change.
. Repent therefore and be converted,
that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the
presence of the Lord.
G. And that means: Sin no more.
Neither do I condemn you; go and
sin no more.
1 John 1:6
If we say that we have fellowship
with Him, and walk in darkness [that is, continue to commit sin], we lie and do
not practice the truth.
Salvation is only through Jesus Christ.
, Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is
no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
A. Our good works will not save us and take us to heaven.
works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved
us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
B. All our own goodness is like dirty rags in God’s sight.
. But we are all like an unclean thing, and
all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.
C. Salvation cannot be earned by us because it is a free gift from God.
–18 But the free gift is
not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the
grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to
many. And the gift is
not like that which came
through the one who sinned. For the judgment which
came from one offense
resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense
death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace
and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus
Christ.) Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so
through one Man’s righteous act the
free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
D. Anyone who sees his need and follows God’s plan may be saved today.
You don’t have wait until you feel that you are good enough; you don’t even
have to wait for someone to invite you to church.
2 Corinthians 6:2
For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I
have helped you.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today
salvation has come to this house.”