Fair Haven Independent Baptist Church
Our next stop begins talks about the action required on our behalf to receive the pardon for our crimes of sin. It’s actually very simple but it is imperative we understand how it works.
As we learned earlier, our first step was to realize, understand, and accept our need of salvation. We need to accept the fact that we ALL sin. No matter how hard we try or how good we are, we all have our weak moments and do things that aren’t pleasing to God. We need to accept the fact that no matter what we do or how hard we try, this is a problem we cannot fix on our own.
Once we understand the need, we need to understand there is only one way out of our predicament. The only one that has defeated death is Jesus. We must believe this with all our heart and trust in God’s perfect plan for our salvation.
Not only do we need to believe in God’s plan, we must also profess it. We do this by talking to God, confessing our need for salvation to Him, and asking for the pardon provided for us by Jesus’ sacrifice.
So, our part is twofold:
1.We must believe with all our hearts we have a need and that need can only be supplied by the sacrifice offered up for us.
2.We must confess our need to God to show obedience and then profess verbally our desire to accept the sacrifice provided.
The first we do to embed this within ourselves and the second is to proclaim our understanding and need. Simply put, we must sincerely believe we need help and that God has provided that help. Then we must ask for that help. That’s really all there is to it!
***side note: Many times in their zealousness to lead sinners to Christ, folks will tell you something like “Say these words and you’ll be saved” and then the go on to give you a sample prayer that expresses a belief and desire to be saved. Sometimes we just don’t know exactly how to form the words we want to relay so they are trying to help you on your way. That is ok AS LONG as the prayer meets the criteria outlined above AND you SINCERELY believe what it is you are saying. The mere act of reciting words will not suffice. You have to BELIEVE with all your heart what you are saying. You could recite the entire Bible from cover to cover and that would not meet your responsibility for accepting salvation.
9 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.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
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