The Good News

In the book of Acts, chapter 16, verse 30, a Philippian jailor asks the apostle Paul, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" This is a good question, and one that needs to be asked. And not only "what must I do?", but another good question is ...why?

Why must I be saved?

The Bible tells in Genesis of the disobedience of man towards God. God gave man a specific command, found in Genesis 2:16,17. "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."

So man was given a choice...to obey God or to disobey God.

The account is told in Genesis 3 of how man chose to disobey God, and this resulted in a separation between God and man. This separation continues to this day. Our God is perfectly holy, just, and true...and we are not.

We find in Romans 3:10 these words, "As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one. " And in Isaiah 53:6, " All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way..."

We have inherited this rebellious nature towards God. And that's just what sin is, rebelling against God...the disobeying of God.

Everyone has sinned against God. Romans 3:23 tells us, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God ." And in 1 John 1:10, "If we say that we have not sinned,we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."

Now, just as when God told Adam that if he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would die, the same penalty for sin holds true for today. Romans 6:23 states, "For the wages of sin is death...". The death spoken of here is not a natural death. We know that our bodies will die. Rather, this death is a spiritual death. The wages of sin is spiritual death...eternal separation from God.

That's the bad news. Now for the good news.

If we continue in Romans 6:23 we find, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Isn't this good news? God loves us and has provided a way home!

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

"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." John 3:16

God's Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for our sins...yours and mine. He paid the price. Through Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, God has given us a way to renew an intimate, personal, living relationship with Him. And we read in Romans 8:1 that "There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit."

"Why must I be saved?" If you are not saved, you will spend eternity separated from God.

"What must I do to be saved?" The answer to the Philippian jailor in Acts 16:31 is, " And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."

Romans 10:9 says, " That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. "

The question is... Are you saved?

Do you believe that you have sinned against God?
Do you believe that God gave His only Son, and that He died and was raised from the dead to pay for your sin?

If God is calling you to repentance and salvation, if you feel a conviction inside of you, if you feel an inner prompting to settle this issue with God, then don't wait...ask the Lord Jesus to save you. All you have to pray is...

"Dear God, I realize that I am a sinner. I agree with you that I have sinned against you and I repent of that sin. I do believe that Jesus Christ is your Son, and that He died on the cross for my sins, and that you raised Him from the dead so that I may have everlasting life through Him. I ask now God, through the name of your Son, Jesus, to forgive me of my sins and save me. I put my full faith and trust in you. Amen."

If you prayed this prayer from your heart, welcome to the family of God!

A few suggestions to help you grow spiritually:

  1. Pray!
    Prayer is talking to God. Do it daily, several times a day, even continually. Talk to God. Confess your sins every day. Ask God to help guide you in the way He would have you to live.
  2. Read the Bible!
    The Bible is God's word. It is spiritual food. Jesus' model prayer says, " Give us this day, our daily bread." Reading God's word everyday feeds your spirit and helps you grow.
  3. Find a church and become an active member!
    If you are saved, then you belong to a family, the family of God. And this family is God's church.  As Christians, especially as new Christians, we need the love, acceptance, support, and guidance that comes from fellowship with other believers.
  4. Be baptized!
    Baptism is symbolic of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism is a way for you to publicly profess your faith in, and identification with, Jesus Christ.

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