John 3:16 “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.”
This verse is probably one of the most popular in the world, and it contains tremendous truths for the entire world. The first truth that all need to hear is that, in spite of all the trouble in the world today, God loves everyone in the world.
God’s end goal of that love is not to relieve the world of trouble or grief, as some people think He should – not yet, anyway, but it is to reconcile the world to Himself. Sin had caused an immense rift between God and mankind. Everyone is in the same boat. Many Bible verses tell us of this sin problem, such as this one in Romans 3:10: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”
Because God loved us, and wanted to bring us willingly back to Himself, He sent His Son to live with us, and then to die for us. Jesus’ death has paid for all our sin, but it must be accepted as payment for your sin. Anyone can be saved.
Since the full debt for your sins and mine has already been paid, all that is left is to receive God’s gift of pardon. The verse sums it up very well when it declares “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish.” They will escape Hell altogether and go to Heaven when they die – they are given eternal life.
Why will this happen? Simply because they received the forgiveness and pardon that God offered. Notice that the verse does not say that they will have eternal life if they keep the commandments, or if they join a certain church, or give up specific sins. No, all that is needed is to believe on Christ for the payment of their sins and their salvation. It is all in Jesus Christ. He became the Substitute that was needed.
Have you asked Him to forgive you, told Him you want to turn from sin and serve Him, and give you salvation? Today would be a good day for it.
Many people believe that God offers salvation to those who work hard for it. This concept is taught by a large number of religious leaders all over the world.
The idea, some think, is that if the good deeds outweigh the bad, then God will overlook the sin and receive them into Heaven. While most people believe this, this way of salvation is not found anywhere in the Bible.
Part of the problem as to why it is believed is because so few people actually care enough about their soul to discover the truth – Bible truth. So, they leave it up to religious leaders to present it to them – and they hope the leader really knows. Unfortunately, when the blind lead the blind…
Now, I am not trying to be overly critical, but I do want you to know the truth that can save your soul. The Bible does make it very plain to those who really want the truth. This is why Jesus said, in John 8:32: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
This freedom that Christ spoke of is not some fleeting feeling or mere religious idea that has no real value in this life. Instead, it is a real knowledge that your sins are forgiven because of a very real transaction that took place between you and God.
What is the truth that sets you free from sin and its eternal penalty? There are several elements to it, but it is not difficult to understand. After all, God has told us that He wants to save all people.
The first essential truth that must be understood is that God tells us we all are sinners. There are no exceptions. The Bible says: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10); and “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Of course, this includes both me and you.
The next thing to be understood is that sin sends the sinner to Hell. A holy God cannot let sin into Heaven. He also is just and the Judge of all. His Word, in Romans 6:23 tells us: “For the wages of sin is death…” The word “death” in this verse is a reference to eternal death, or Hell.
The sin of every human is written in God’s books. There is no sin left out. In Matthew 12:36, Jesus tells His disciples that: “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Jesus told them that even the “idle words,” the words carelessly spoken are all written down!
The next thing to know is that no good work can erase a single sin! It does not matter what type of work it is – religious works included! It needs to be realized, that if salvation could be obtained by being good, then it would have been totally unnecessary for Christ to die on the cross!
The Bible makes it clear that no one has ever been saved by being good. Sin condemns us all! We are told in Ephesians 2:8,9 that: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Did you see that part where it says “not of works”?
When God sent Christ to die for us, it was because there was no other way to erase our sins and let us go to Heaven! Our sin demanded both physical and spiritual death. The next important truth is to understand that Christ’s blood was the payment for what we owed. The sinless Son of God became our Substitute, and His sacrifice was sufficient to obtain our forgiveness and freedom from such a penalty.
Christ died and rose again to not only pay our debt of sin, but also to reveal that the debt was fully paid! If not, He would not have come out of the grave!
Now, I mentioned a “transaction” earlier in this post. Here it is – don’t miss it. Christ’s payment for sin is not to be taken lightly. God offers forgiveness to those who are sorry for their sin and want to turn from it.
The final truth necessary for salvation, which will make you“free”, or “saved,” is that you need to personally go to God in prayer and admit to Him your sin and sinfulness. Confess that you are worthy of His wrath and damnation, but that you know that Christ paid for your sin. Ask Him to forgive you and to save you right now on the basis of what Christ did for you, and He will save you this very moment!
Consider these verses:
Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
John 3:16,17 “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
By making salvation so easy to obtain, anyone can get saved. God loves you and He wants to save you. This is, however, the only way.
Have you asked Him to save you today? I hope and pray that you have. The freedom comes because you know your sins are forgiven and that you are on your way to Heaven.
Or, if you already are a believer and would like to learn more about Christ and how to serve Him better, I invite you to look at these Christian eBooks and other materials that will help you grow spiritually.
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Many people today are finding out that life is tough. There is stress and turmoil at work, in the nation, and often at home. Looking around the world, one quickly discovers more of the same. Money is tight for many people, and health problems can make matters worse. Of course, not everyone is feeling the pain of these things, but I know that many of you are.
When Christ walked on earth about 2,000 years ago, the situation was not much better. Hardship abounded in Israel, largely because the Roman soldiers were oppressive and cruel.
Into this mix of division, hardship, and suppressed dreams, Christ came. No, He did not attempt to overthrow the government and free Israel from the Romans. Still, He told them that He was the Door of the sheep, and in John 10:9 He promised: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
As the Door to Heaven itself, and the only One, Jesus Christ promised those who come to Him, salvation, daily sufficiency, and comfort. Along with it, He promised a better life in the very next verse (John 10:10): “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The abundant life that Christ offers begins with forgiveness. The guilt of our sin against God can be heavy, but God promises forgiveness to those who seek it from Him. Face it, you know very well that guilt can produce stress; but God wants to take it away, if you are serious about turning from sin. God’s Word tells us that we all are sinners: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
If you will but come to the One Who loves you immensely – enough to send His own Son to die for you – He promises to forgive and save you from Hell, too. In that well-known verse, John 3:16, Jesus said: “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.”
Notice that the “abundant life” doesn’t begin until Christ gives it. This means you don’t have it yet. In fact, you can’t have it until your life gets in line with God’s plan for your life. Once you seek Christ for forgiveness and salvation, then you can also begin to know what the “peace of God” is in your heart. There won’t be any real peace there until you make peace with God first.
The abundant life Christ offers is not one in which everything is just fantastic every day. It won’t happen. What will happen after you come to Christ is that you will discover a new life, a new power to live the way God wants, and have His guidance through life from the Bible. There will also be so much more.
In order to receive God’s abundant life, you need to be willing to trade in the one you are living now. Why not ask Christ to forgive you of your sin right now, and ask Him for salvation and His abundant life?
Yours, for Salvation,
Evangelist Mike Valles
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P.S. – If you have still questions about salvation and the abundant life Christ offers, I encourage you to download my free eBook: How to Be Saved and Know It and read it carefully. It will answer many questions.