Plains Baptist Church

Founded on the Word, Focused on Reaching the World

God's Plan of Salvation is simple enough that a child can understand.

 

My Friend:  I am asking you the most important question of life.  Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer.  The question is:  Are you saved?

 

It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved?

Are you 100% sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

 

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again."

 

In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved.  His plan is simple!

 

You can be saved today.  How?

First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner.  "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."  (Romans 3:23).

 

God gave the law so that we may understand what sin is:

1. Exodus 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

2. Exodus 20:4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

3. Exo 20:7  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

4. Exodus 20:12  Honour thy father and thy mother:

5. Exodus 20:13  Thou shalt not kill. First John 3:15 tells us, "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him."

6. Exodus 20:14  Thou shalt not commit adultery. In Matthew 5:28 Jesus says, "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."

7. Exodus 20:15  Thou shalt not steal.

8. Exodus 20:16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

9. Exodus 20:17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

 

Friend, can you honestly say you have never broken one of God's commands? Have you always honored your parents? Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever used God's name as an exclamation or swear word? God's standard is perfection, even one violation of God's law makes you guilty of breaking His law and a sinner.

 

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death.  "For the wages [payment] of sin is death." (Romans 6:23)  This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.  "...it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27)

 

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place.  "...He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us...that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him"  (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

Jesus had to shed His blood and die.  "For the life of the flesh is in the blood." (Lev 17:11)  "...without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]."  (Hebrews 9:22)  "...God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

 

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place.  He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.

 

My friend, "God...commandeth all men everywhere to repent." (Acts 17:30)  This repentance is a change of mind (and of heart) that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

 

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas:  "...'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?'  And they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..."

 

Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected.  His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.  "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 1:12)

 

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)  Whosoever includes you.  Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.

 

Surely, you realize you are a sinner.  Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.  In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: "God be merciful to me a sinner."

 

Just pray:  "Oh God, I know I am a sinner.  I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross.  I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me.  I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace.  Amen."

 

Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith.  Believe, and you will be saved.  No church, no lodge, no good works can save you.  Remember, God does the saving.  All of it!

 

God's simple plan of salvation is:  You are a sinner.  Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell.  If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.

 

You say, "Surely, it cannot be that simple."  Yes, that simple!  It is scriptural.  It is God's plan.  My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.

 

If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this over and over, until you understand it.  Your soul is worth more than all the world.  "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)

 

Be sure you are saved.  If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all.  Please!  Let God save you this very moment.

 

God's power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life.  "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13).

 

Do not trust your feelings.  They change.  Stand on God's promises.  They never change.  After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth: 1) Pray - you talk to God; 2) Read your Bible - God talks to you; and 3) Witness - you talk for God.

 

You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay.  "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord...." (2 Timothy 1:8)

 

"Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 10:32)

 

 

Plains Baptist Church

2902 Randolph St,  |  Lincoln, NE 68510  |  402-435-4760

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