What does it mean to be a Christian?
I'd rather say it like this...
"What does it mean to have Salvation?" because the word Salvation means something intimate and personal and there are a whole lot of folks out there who call themselves Christians yet have never had an intimate and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. To really understand this, we'll take a walk down the Romans Road...
The first step to Salvation (or "being saved") is to recognize that there is something to be saved from.
Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
Ok, so we need to be saved from our sin...why?
Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
The death in this verse isn't just mortal death, it means eternal separation from God. Basic physics teaches us that energy doesn't cease to exist, it changes forms. When we die, our spirit, that energy that makes us who we are, continues on and can have one of two fates. Eternity with God in heaven, or eternity without God in hell.
So - if sin is what will keep us from heaven, then what?
Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Jesus paid the price for our sins with his death on the cross, and won the victory over that eternal death when he rose again - came back to life - the third day. The fact that He shed His blood for you and me, means that our sins can be forgiven and we can be made clean - acceptable to go to heaven.
But there's something you need to do to receive this gift - it's free, but you have to actively take it.
Romans 10:9, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:13 "for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
This is the part where you may have heard a preacher say the "sinner's prayer." A simple prayer to accept Jesus into your life and acknowledge that you have sin that needs to be forgiven...it doesn't have to be a fancy prayer by any means - but it's the most important prayer of your life.
Turning your life over to Jesus will change you forever...and we'll learn more about those exciting changes in other posts.
But here are a few promises for new believers...
Romans 5:1 "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Romans 8:1 "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Once you have given your life to Jesus - He will never leave you, and the enemy will never be able to steal you back...your job now is to dig into the Word of God and learn more about this new life that has begun for you.
Do you remember when you prayed and turned your life over to Jesus? Have you walked away from Him and felt the need to start over...to rededicate your life to Him? Or are you just on the edge? Not sure if that's a step you're ready to take?
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