The following text you will be reading comes from the Bible chain reference prepared by the Cathedral of Praise.
Why did Jesus have to die?
Because every man is born a sinner.
Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
Because of God’s character, He does not tolerate sin, and the punishment for sin is DEATH.
Romans 1:18-21 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God’s earnest desire for all sinners to be forgiven and saved.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Micah 7:18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
How can man be saved from this punishment?
Man cannot save himself from punishment.
Psalm 49:7-8 No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them—the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—
Hebrews 10:4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
Jesus is THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION.
Acts 4:10-12 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11Jesus is“ ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
God’s plan of saving mankind: Through faith in Jesus Christ’s DEATH AND RESSURECTION.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 4:14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.
What should I do now?
Believe that you NEED Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
1 John 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.
Accept Jesus as YOUR PERSONAL Lord and Savior.
Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Confess, repent of or TURN AWAY FROM your sins and RETURN TO God.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
Isaiah 44:22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Be WATER baptized.
Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
What CHANGES will salvation bring to my life?
Blessings of Salvation.
Psalm 103:1-5 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
If you want Jesus to save you from the bondage of sin, make a decision today. Follow this simple prayer of salvation and accept Jesus in your life as Lord and Savior.
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me. Come into my life. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Now, help me to live for You the rest of this life.
In the Name of Jesus, I pray.
So what’s next? Develop your relationship with Jesus through prayer and reading God’s Word. You may start with the Book of John to know more about Jesus. Then, find a church that follows the pattern of the Bible, and follow Jesus in the first step of obedience through water baptism.
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