Coming to Christ
For anyone who finds this site but has not yet heard (or understood) the good news: God loves us and has made a provision for us to become his children. He offers us His love, forgiveness and freedom from sin, peace, hope, and joy through being related to Him. “
Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God“(Psalm 146:5). This also carries the promise of eternal life in heaven with God after we die: “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).
The Bible teaches us the way to happiness by leading us to God. If you’ll permit me to give my own very compact abstract of the Scripture, this is the simple gospel message I first heard at the age of twelve and have found to be true through the experiences of my life ever since:
God created a morally good and orderly universe and established people in a paradise created especially for them (Genesis 1-2). However, man chose to disobey God (called “sin” in the Bible; see Genesis 3). From that day until the present, all men have the same choice: to obey or disobey God, and all men inevitably refuse to obey God at some point. “
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God“ (Romans 3:2). Although “
the wages of sin is death,” God made a provision for us: “
the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord“ (Romans 6:23).
How do we obtain this gift of eternal life? Jesus Christ was God made into a man (John 1:1-14) who came to earth, lived a perfect life for us (Hebrews 4:15), and died in our place (II Corinthians 5:21), for our sins, so that the penalty for sin could be paid (Romans 5:11). By acknowledging our sinfulness and inability to keep God’s laws perfectly (which is God’s requirement for entrance into heaven; see Revelation 21:27), and by simply asking God to accept Christ’s death as payment for our sin and submitting ourselves to his rule in our lives, Christ becomes our Savior, and the God of the Bible becomes our Father (John 1:12) and our help. This exchange is based on God’s unchanging promise: we give him our life and he gives us his eternal life (which is in his son, Jesus Christ; see John 3:15-16).
Spiritually, this is known as being “born again” (see John 3:1-21). Once we are born again, it is our “job” to believe in Christ (John 6:29) and trust in him to lead us into truth and goodness. “
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want“ (Psalm 23). As we learn to commune with him through prayerfully meditating on the Bible and seeking his wisdom and grace in order to do His will, we will find that we truly are happy. Through abiding in Him (see John 15), we experience real love, joy, and peace.
This is my attempt to explain the grandest mystery in the universe, God’s love and provision for us as His beloved creation. If you have never heard this good news before, and want to become a Christian, let me review again briefly. Some have said it’s as easy as A,B,C:
- Acknowledge your sin and repent. (Admit that you’ve been running your own life and decide instead to obey God and submit to his loving guidance). “
Except you repent, you shall all perish“(Luke 13:3).
- Believe in the death of Jesus Christ as the complete payment for your sins before God. “
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins“(I John 4:10).
- Confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, accepting his gift of life and giving him your life. “
If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and will believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
If you have taken this step of faith, please let me know so I can pray for you and encourage you to grow in your faith. Faith grows as we learn the truths of the Bible and put them into practice in our own lives (Romans 10:17). If you have any comments or questions, feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God bless you,