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          Are You Saved                                                                                                                                                                  

                         Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, there are also Spiritual Laws which govern your relationship with God.

LAW 1  

God Loves you, and offers a wonderful PLAN for your life. 

God's Love

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16 see notes)

God's Plan

Jesus said, "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" (that it might be full and meaningful). (John 10:10)

Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life?
Because . . .

LAW 2  

                

Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and or plan for his life. 

                            Man is Sinful

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23 see notes)
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin. 

                         Man is Separated

 "For the [result] of sin is death," spiritual separation from God. (Romans 6:23 see notes)

The diagram below illustrates that God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows show that man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as living a good life, following specific philosophies or religions etc.  

The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf..

LAW 3   

  Jesus Christ is God's ONLY provision for Man's sin. Through Him you can know and  experience God's love and plan for your life.

                      He Died in Our Place

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

                    He Rose from the Dead

"Christ died for our sins. He was buried. He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures. He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred . . .

" (I Corinthians 15:3–6) 

                  He is the Only Way to God

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6 see notes) The diagram below illustrates that God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.  It is not enough just to know these three laws.

The Fourth Law is essential......

Law 4  

We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives. 

                        We Must Receive Christ

 "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name." (John 1:12 see notes)

                      We Receive Christ Through Faith

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast." (Ephesians 2:8–9)

                      When we receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth

"I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Do not be surprised when I say you must be born again. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit." (see John 3:1-8)

                      We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation

Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him." (Revelation 3:20)

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us the kind of people He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of will.

The two diagrams below represent two kinds of lives, the self-directed life and the Christ- directed life:    

                                           

Which circle best represents your life?

Which circle would you like to have represent your life?

 

The following explains how you can receive Christ.

You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer (Hebrews 11).
Prayer is talking with God.

God knows your heart and is not so concerned with so many words as He is with the attitude and sincerity of your heart.

FIRST STEP - You Can Pray This Prayer:

GOD (Father). I believe that Jesus Christ is your only begotten Son.  I believe you sent your only Son to save me from sin.  Thank You for dying on the Cross at Calvary for my sins.  I open the door of my life and receive Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord.  I believe in your death, burial and resurrection from the dead;  thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me the right to eternal life.  I surrender control of my life to the way of the master;

I surrender my life to Jesus Christ.   Make me the kind of person you want me to be, and Lord Jesus I pray this all in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, AMEN.

Read:  Romans 10:9

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?

If you prayed this prayer, then know that Christ has heard your sincere request just as He promised.  Now grow in the Grace of the knowledge of Jesus Christ, Study to show thyself approved unto God.  Seek out a fellowship of believers who Believe the whole counsel of God's Word.  IF you need help in this area you can give us a call.

NOW THAT YOU RECEIVED CHRIST - STEP TWO