Scripturally Based Answers For life's Questions
Answer-Having Jesus Christ
as Personal Saviour
Receiving Jesus Christ as personal Saviour is the most important decision a person will ever make. I want to share some things describing what that means.
First, we must understand that receiving Jesus Christ as personal Saviour is not just praying a prayer or making a decision, though both of them must be done for salvation to take place. But it is responding to God’s call, it is entering into a life with God, it is a deliverance from sin, carnality, worldliness and hell. A person must start by repenting. Repentance simply means to change one’s mind, attitude and focus concerning one’s belief and behaviour. For example: many people are not able to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour because they believe their religion, their church or their own acts of pietism will either save them or assist in the saving of their soul. Jesus is not just a part of our salvation; He is the entire salvation, or He will not be part of it at all, and therefore He requires that our faith be solely and completely in Him. We must turn from all other forms of trust and hope, and completely rely upon what God has done through the person and sacrificial work of Jesus Christ. Some people want Jesus, but they still want to live in sin.
As believers, we still sin, but we do not glory in it or seek after it. When we do sin and ask for forgiveness, God forgives us, but to be saved we must choose between a life of sin and a life with God, wherein we are delivered from the power, practice and presence of sin. To be saved is to be delivered from sin, and for that, we must let go of the sin and place our faith in Jesus Christ. Paul described the message he had been preaching to the world and said this, CLICK-Acts 20:21
When we call on Jesus Christ to save us, we invite God into our lives. We become the temple of the Holy Spirit; God moves in and starts working in us and through us. Here are some verses that describe that:
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. CLICK-Romans 8:9
Secondly, we become part of God’s people. As natural people, we are designed and created by Him, but because of inherited sin, we were born separated from Him, destined to die and be cast into the lake of fire.
When we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we are delivered from death and hell.
Children of God
CLICK-John 1:12 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
There are many people that believe that all people are children of God, but that is not what God says. All people are His creation, but only those who are born spiritually by receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are born into His family. They have become children of God.
Saints of God
The meaning of the word “redeem” is either “to buy back” — through the redemption of Jesus Christ God bought us back for Himself — or to give value to or revalue. Without salvation, we have no value to God. Because sin has destroyed our character, God no longer sees worth in us, but when we are restored in Christ we have the ultimate value. He not only brings us back to Himself, but He brings us into His place for all eternity. The Scriptures teach that we are full joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. God first shares Himself, and then He shares all He has with those who respond to His redemption.
In John chapter 3 there is a conversation recorded between a Jewish man — a deeply rooted and religious leader — and Jesus Christ. The man wants to know what Jesus was all about, but in response, Jesus reveals to the man what he needs by declaring an essential need for
all mankind. The absolute necessity is to be born again. Verses 3-8 state the necessity, and verses 15-18 explain how. The requirement is to absolutely and completely believe in Jesus Christ, and verses 19-21 show us that we must make a choice between sin and salvation, darkness and light.
Naturally, we are sinners; every aspect of us is rooted in the nature of sin. We do not even realize this, other than when we experience the consequences thereof and sense that life can be unbearable. Our thinking, our behavior, and our beliefs are all rooted in sin until we are born again. We receive a new nature when we receive the Lord Jesus. We still have this body of sin with us, but in our soul and spirit we are made new.
In Christ, we are recreated.
CLICK-II Thessalonians 2:15 “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.”
The word “sanctified” means to be set apart. When we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we are being set apart from the world, from sin, from the natural life, for God. There is a division between saved people and those who are not saved, between the saved and the world, between the saved and the Devil, between the saved and evil; the saved are sanctified by God.
When we read through the Scriptures and see the consequences that result from sin, it is unimaginable. Destruction, rejection, confusion, hurt, wrath, deception, evil and ultimately hell. There is not one good thing in the future of a sinner, but the saved is delivered from all the consequences of sin. Before people can stop sinning they have to be delivered from the power, the penalty and the presence of sin, and that is what happens when one receives Jesus as personal Savior.
I am so glad that you have decided to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior; you have entered into a life with God, who will hear your prayer, lead you and use you for His glory. He wants you to join His people in fellowship, service and regular gathering.
The Christian church is a place for God’s people to grow, obey, fellowship with all of God’s children, and fulfill God’s commands. Please click on the links below, and you will find some videos that will teach you more about how to move forward as a believer. God bless you.