James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
The desire of God, ever since creation, has been to walk with and fellowship with humans. This overall purpose of God has never changed.
This is why He created Heaven. For those who will enjoy Him, He has reserved many special future blessings. Those who choose to walk with Him on earth already know and experience many of those blessings.
God, however, is very different from humans. In the beginning, man was created perfect and was able to walk with God. Sin entered, and so did separation from God, Who is infinitely holy.
Because of His love for us, God did not let this disruption in our relationship with Him remain constant. He took the first step to heal that broken fellowship by sending His own Son, Jesus, to die for us. That was the ultimate Sacrifice, as well as the necessary payment for the penalty of our sin.
The above Bible verse summarizes His promise to us. There is no need to continue to wonder “Is God real?” If we seek to find Him and desire to know Him, He will reciprocate. Remember, He wants you to know Him. He has promised: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”
The issue of sin, though, is a serious one. He cannot let it go or overlook it. So, God tells the individual seeking Him: “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” In plain English, this means stop sinning (repent). In prayer to God, admit you were wrong by breaking His commandments. Ask Him to forgive and to save you because of what Christ did on the Cross, and to help you serve Him the way He wants you to – according to the Bible.
This is certainly the greatest invitation ever given at any time, from the Creator of all, to you and me. He invites you to know and fellowship with Him. How will you respond today?
Many people reading this post will know what Bible verse of salvation the title refers to, before I present it. That is because it also is one of the most well-known verses, and I am glad for the opportunity to talk about it today.
God never intended Bible salvation to be difficult to understand. The truth is clearly in the opposite direction. It is quite simple. In fact, so simple, that multitudes of people reject it because it sounds so simple that even a child can understand it. After all, didn’t Jesus say that children should be permitted “to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 19:14)? This verse means that many children get this truth and will be saved, and many adults will not be saved – simply because they just won’t receive salvation the way God offers it. God makes it easy to understand because e wants all to have it.
The Key Verse of Salvation
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.”
Christ spoke these precious words in a discussion with Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. Jesus referred to Himself as the One God gave to everyone on earth for their salvation. John the Baptist referred to Christ as “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Although God was desirous to send the promised Redeemer to Israel, God loved the whole world, and wanted to save all.
The reason Christ could save all people from their sin is because of Who He is – the “only begotten Son” of God. Now, it only makes sense that if all need to be saved, then everyone is already condemned! Because the Bible tells us: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Ro. 3:23), it is imperative that people everywhere understand that we are not good in God’s sight.
If we really were not so bad as to deserve Hell, then there was no need for Christ to die for us. But God sent Him to die, because God wanted to give us an opportunity to be saved.
One of the most important parts of this verse is the requirements it gives for salvation. Let me encourage you to reread the verse. It says that “whosoever believeth in him” will not perish. Simply believing on Christ is all that is needed to receive eternal life.
Believing Is More Than a Set of Facts
Now, please understand that when the Bible talks about the belief or faith that can save the soul, it is not talking about a mere intellectual understanding of a set of facts, although the facts cannot be neglected. Instead, it refers to an actual trust in Christ, letting Him do all the saving for you.
It is first an understanding that you are a sinner on your way to Hell. You have willfully sinned, and God must punish sin, all sin, in Hell. Then, you need to understand and believe that God in mercy sent Christ to pay the price your sin deserves, and He died for it. Christ was raised from the dead to reveal that all sins have been successfully paid for – including yours and mine.
As a result of understanding and believing these truths about Christ, you are sorry for your sin (rebellion against God and His commandments). You also know that God said that if anyone (“whosover”) comes to Him in prayer and sincerity, and desires to turn their life around and live for God, they can be saved.
Faith Also Means Receiving
How? Simply by asking God to forgive you because of the fact that Christ already paid it all for you. You, in faith, ask Christ to save and forgive you at the very moment you pray – and He will. Thank Him for it, and then begin to follow God and His Scriptures – the Bible.
If you have never asked Christ to save you, and you recognize your need for it, why not bow your head right now and ask Him to save you now? God loves you and He is ready to hear your prayer.
If you do ask Him to save you, I would like to hear about it.