Over the years, many folks have asked me what the John 3:16 reference in my signature means. I am writing this to answer that question.
I did not write this but it sums up very well what I believe and how I have trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. Please read all the way to the bottom.
I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?
God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”
In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?
First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.
“…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement.” (Hebrews 9:27)
But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “…He hath made Him [Jesus who knew no sin] to be sin for us…that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” (Leviticus 17:11)
“…without the shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]” (Hebrews 9:22)
“…God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.
My friend, “God…commandeth all men everywhere to repent.” (Acts 17:30) This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.
In Acts 16:30-31, the Phillipian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “…’Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ and they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…'”
Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Saviour.
“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1:12)
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.
Surely, you can realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.
In Luke 18:13, a sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray: “Oh, God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Saviour. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”
Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!
God’s simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.
You say, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. It is God’s plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Saviour today.
If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this over and over, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world.
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)
Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.
God’s power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “There hath no temptation take you but such as is common to man: But God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (I Corinthians 10:13)
Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God’s promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth: Pray – you talk to God, Read your Bible – God talks to you, Witness – you talk for God.
You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing local church without delay. “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord…” (2 Timothy 1:8)
“Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in Heaven.” (Matthew 10:32)
This tract was written by Ford Porter
If you have prayed and received Christ as your Saviour or have more questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and I hope this changes your life for the better as it has mine.
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