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  • canaryyellow80 canaryyellow80 Mar 3, 2011 7:46 PM Flag

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    The Gospel
    Sound complicated? It’s not, really. It is simply a matter of believing that Jesus is God’s only begotten Son, and that He came to Earth, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died to remove your sin — that original sin you inherited from Adam — then rose again on the third day to assure your future resurrection.

    Here is what it takes to be “born again.” It is as simple as ABC:

    A – Admit you are a sinner.

    B – Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died and rose again to give you eternal life.

    C – Call upon Him in prayer and ask for salvation.

    The Apostle Paul explains:

    “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9,10).

    Yes, salvation is just a prayer away. You could pray this model prayer or one like it:

    “Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God. I believe that you died and rose again to give me eternal life. I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive me and give me eternal life. Come into my heart and life right now, I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

    You are now “born again.” This new birth is a gift from God. He bestows eternal life upon you according to His sovereign grace. You did not receive it because of some work on your part. Nor can you lose your new gift of eternal life. Otherwise, it would not be “eternal.” Having been born into the family of God by a spiritual rebirth, God is now your heavenly Father. Through the death of Christ, you have been made heir to His “last will and testament.”

    That is the testament God made with Abraham. It is a “grace” covenant offering eternal life. It offers a “city whose builder and maker is God.” Jesus was the One who made that covenant with Abraham. When He died as the “Testator,” the covenant, which we call the New Testament,” became effective. You are now an heir to that covenant.

    Because it was a covenant of “grace,” there are no regulations to be observed. There are no laws to keep. It is not a wage paid to you because of works. It is a gift from God:

    “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

    The Apostle Paul wrote again on this subject:

    “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” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

    You can take comfort and assurance from God’s Word that you now have eternal life and that it is a free gift, given by grace and grace alone.

    Finally, I encourage you to find a local Bible-believing church in your area. Attend this coming Sunday, then respond to the invitation at the close of the service and tell the pastor that you want to publicly acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. As the Lord leads, you may want to join the church and attend regularly, so that the pastor and various Sunday School teachers can teach you and your family the Word of God.

    One more thing: Why not write and let me know that you have received Christ as your Savior. It would make me so happy. May the Lord bless you and give you peace.

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