Understanding How to Become a Christian
According to the Bible, God created us in His own image. “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27, NASB). By making us in His image, God created us with the capacity to love Him and to enjoy fellowship with Him.
Sadly, each one of us has sinned against God. In our selfishness, we have rebelled against our Creator. As a result, our fellowship with God has been broken. And, through sin, suffering and death entered into the world. Now, the whole of creation experiences the negative effects of our rebellion.
Thankfully, God was not willing to leave things broken. He loved us and wanted to bring us back into a right relationship with Himself. The problem was, in His perfection, God had to exercise justice. Man had to be held accountable for his sin and rebellion. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Like an employee earning a paycheck, sin earns the wages of death.
Even so, God is not only just, He is also loving. Indeed, His very essence is love (1 JN 4:8). So, in His love, God sent His Son, Jesus, to take on Himself the punishment for our sin. In sacrificing Himself, the Lord did for us what we could never do for ourselves. Having lived a sinless life, Jesus took our place and was crucified for our sin.
When Jesus (the sinless One) surrendered His life on the cross, God’s justice was completely satisfied. The penalty of sin was levied. And, the just sentence of sin was accomplished.
Now, those who put their faith in Christ are forgiven of their sin. They receive eternal life and have their relationship with God fully restored.
Through prayer, you can put your faith in Jesus. The Bible says, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13). “Whoever” includes you!
The bible also says, “…if you confess 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 confess and are saved” (Romans 10:9–10).
If you would like to receive salvation, offer this prayer of faith:
Dear God, I’m sorry for my sin. Please forgive me for rebelling against You. I believe Jesus is Lord and that He died for my sin. I also believe that You raised Him from the dead. Today, I receive Him as my Savior and invite him to be the Lord of my life. Thank you, God, for forgiving my sin, for adopting me as your child, and for granting me the gift of eternal life.
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