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Prayer Of Salvation
Prayer of Salvation – Our First Real Conversation With God
The “prayer of salvation” is the most important prayer we'll ever pray. When we're ready to become a Christian, we're ready to have our first real conversation with God, and these are its components:
Prayer of Salvation – It Begins With Faith in God
When we pray the prayer of salvation, we're letting God know we believe His Word is true. By the faith He has given us, we choose to believe in Him.
The Bible tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
So, when we pray, asking God for the gift of salvation, we're exercising our free will to acknowledge that we believe in Him. That demonstration of faith pleases God, because we have freely chosen to know Him.
Prayer of Salvation – Confessing Our Sin
When we pray the prayer of salvation, we're admitting that we've sinned. As the Bible says of everyone, save Christ alone: “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
To sin is simply to fall short of the mark, as an arrow that does not quite hit the bull's-eye.
The glory of God that we fall short of is found only in Jesus Christ: “For it is the God who commanded light to shine darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
The prayer of salvation, then, recognizes that Jesus Christ is the only human who ever lived without sin. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Prayer of Salvation – Professing Faith in Christ as Savior and Lord
With Christ as our standard of perfection, we're now acknowledging faith in Him as God, agreeing with the Apostle John that: “In the beginning was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3).
Because God could only accept a perfect, sinless sacrifice, and because He knew that we could not possibly accomplish that, He sent His Son to die for us and pay the eternal price.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
Prayer of Salvation – Say It & Mean It Now!
Do you agree with everything you have read so far? If you do, don't wait a moment longer to start your new life in Jesus Christ. Remember, this prayer is not a magical formula. You are simply expressing your heart to God.
Pray this with us:
- “Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”
Prayer of Salvation – I've Prayed It; Now What?
If you've prayed this prayer of salvation with true conviction and heart, you are now a follower of Jesus. This is a fact, whether or not you feel any different.
Religious systems may have led you to believe that you should feel something – a warm glow, a tingle, or some other mystical experience. The fact is, you may, or you may not. If you have prayed the prayer of salvation and meant it, you are now a follower of Jesus.
The Bible tells us that your eternal salvation is secure! “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
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WHAT DO YOU THINK? – We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, “Jesus is Lord,” you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.What is your response?
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Jesus Our Savior – Discipleship Series
Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (NASB) 2 Peter 1:1
Who is Jesus? That is a question many people have not honestly asked or even investigated. Obviously Christians have seriously asked this question, as well as some who remain non-Christians. Most everyone agrees that Jesus really existed and walked on this earth. Currently, some are rewriting history saying Jesus was never born. The facts about Jesus have been ignored, forgotten; many are not aware of the ancient non-Christian historical documents which reveal that Jesus did in fact live and walk on this earth. The Bible gives us many prophecies about Jesus that have came true. There is only one person who satisfies all of the prophecies – Jesus. So let us look at the Bible and discover the truth about Jesus, the Son of God.
Jesus Always Existed
And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. (NASB) John 17:5
How long has Jesus existed? Col 1:16-17 says Jesus existed before “all things.” Before “all things were created both in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
” (NASB) In fact, it says that Jesus created all these things. So then, who is Jesus? The following verses will answer several important questions. The first set of questions will tell us who the “Word” is in John 1:1.
Next we will discover the meaning of the term “Son of God.”
1. In John 1:14-15, John the Baptist said some things about the “Word.” What did the Word do in verse 14?2. Who was born first, John the Baptist or Jesus (see Luke 1:57-59 and Luke 2:6-7)?
3. In John 1:15, John the Baptist says the Word is more important. Why?
4. Now read John 1:29-30 and compare that with John 1:14-15. Who is the Word?
5. When did Jesus exist? (see John 1:1)
6. Why was Jesus called the “Son of God” according to Luke 1:35?
7. The Jews were angry with Jesus because He said He was God (John 10:33). So He asked them a question (John 10:36). According to Jesus, what does the term Son of God mean?
8. What is the ultimate proof that Jesus is divine (Matt. 28:6-7)?
Jesus Became Man
In the Old Testament, God placed numerous predictions about the coming of Messiah, or the Christ, hundreds and even thousands of years before Jesus Christ would appear. The most significant one is found in Daniel 9:25-27 where we find a prediction that Messiah would die after March 29 A.D. 33. Jesus died on April 3 A.D. 33.
In Isaiah 9:6-7 we are told that a child would be born and He would be the Mighty God. So shall we look at some of the other predictions? In the table below you will find 11 Old Testament predictions and New Testament fulfillments. Read each passage and in the empty space describe what the prediction is about.
|Isaiah 11:1-2||740-680 B.C.||Luke 3:23, 32; 4:1|
|Jeremiah 23:5||627-585 B.C.||Luke 3:23, 31|
|Isaiah 7:14||740-680 B.C.||Luke 1:26-31|
|Micah 5:2||735-710 B.C.||Matt.|
|Isaiah 61:1-2||740-680 B.C.||Luke 4:16-21|
|Isaiah 35:5-6||740-680 B.C.||Luke 6:17-19|
|Malachi 3:1||432-425 B.C.||John 2:14-16|
|Psalms 22:16-17||970-610 B.C.||Luke 23:33|
|Zechariah 12:10||520-512 B.C.||John 19:34-57|
|Amos 8:9||760-753 B.C.||Matt. 27:45|
|Psalms 68:18||970-610 B.C.||Acts 1:9-11|
We saw earlier that John 1:1 says the Word was God and John 1:14 says that the Word became flesh. 1 John 4:2-3 says the same thing in a different way. In this passage, we are told that anyone who says that Jesus did not come in the flesh is not from God.
Now this verse is meaningless if all it is saying is that a man became a man. The message of 1 John 4:2-3 is that God became a man. If anyone denies that God or Jesus came in the flesh, his/her teaching is to be rejected. Phil. 2:5-7 says that God took on human flesh.
Listen to Romans 1:3-4,
. . . who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord. (NASB) Romans 1:3-4.
Was Jesus really a man? In order to answer this question look up the following verses and write down one or two words that reveal how human He really was.
9. What proof does Luke 2:21-23 give us that Jesus was a male?
10. How was Jesus’ childhood growth described (Luke 2:52)?
11. What do Luke 4:2 and John 4:6 reveal about Jesus?
12. What did Jesus do when He was tired (Mark 4:38)?
13. What human response is described as coming from Christ in John 11:35?
14. What physical evidence does John 19:31-34 provide that Jesus was just any other human being?
15. What is the ultimate proof that Jesus was human (John 19:33)?
Is Jesus Our God?
Is Jesus our God? Is Jesus a man? The answer is yes to both questions, but He does not have two natures living in one body. He is not half God and half man. Scripture assumes we understand that He is completely man and completely God.
Scripture never assumes He is half, quarter or a piece of God and/or man but that Jesus is totally and completely both. Jesus was totally and inseparably both God and man as illustrated in the figure. It is important to know that Jesus was not 50% God and 50% man.He was not some actor who changes His clothes or was more God one time and more man another time. Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus was both man and God. So 1 Timothy 2:5 is right – Jesus is a man. Titus 2:13 is also correct – Jesus is God.
Jesus was God and man at the same time always. Sometimes scripture refers to Jesus as a man and sometimes as God.
Why did God do this?
Imagine some new creatures being created in the Land. The Land was peaceful, beautiful, fun, refreshing and no one had to work. The creatures enjoyed the beauty and wonder of the Land.
The Ruler of the Land had warned the creatures to be careful and watch for the Caretaker of the Land, but the creatures ignored the Ruler’s warning. The Caretaker of the land, encouraged them to rebel against the Ruler’s one and only law, and eventually the creatures foolishly did so.
As soon as they disobeyed the Ruler, they knew it, and He came to the foolish creatures. The Ruler of the Land told them their punishment was to be death and hardship. The Ruler had a plan to eventually restore all things. He decided to have his son die for the creatures. The creature is Adam. The Land is the Earth.
The disobedience is sin. The evil caretaker is Satan. The Ruler is God and the son is Christ (Genesis 2:15-3:24). All that follows is a description of God’s plan and what Christ did.
Why did Jesus come to earth? We are at war with God (Romans 5:10-11) and Jesus came to this earth to make it possible for us to have peace with God (Romans 5:1) – to be holy, even as God is holy, forever. To understand God’s plan, answer the following questions:
16. What does God want from each person (Matthew 5:48)?
17. According to Romans 3:23, does God consider you perfect? What does He say you have done?
18. What happens if you break one of God’s laws, according to James 2:10?
19. What is sin, according to 1 John 3:4?
20. What has God said that each person deserves (Romans. 6:23)?
21. After reading 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, answer the following questions:
Why did Christ die (v. 3)?
After He died, what happened (v. 4)?
Is it possible to believe in vain (v. 2)?
22. What does God say you can do in John 3:16-18 to escape spiritual death?
God became a man, Jesus Christ, to save us from spiritual death. He did this by dying in A.D. 33. As sinners we can be declared holy when we depend on Jesus to forgive our sins.
Most people pray and ask Jesus to forgive them and take control of their lives. The prayer is simple. You do not and cannot do anything to make Him want to forgive you.
He just wants you to desire that He forgive you of your sins and to start changing your life so that you sin less and less and less.
Things to Ponder
1. What happens to the person who does not believe in Jesus (see John 3:16-18)?
2. In our study we discovered that Jesus is both God and man. In Acts 2:22-24, is Jesus in view as a man or God?
3. Do you have a desire to know Jesus? If so, how will you go about knowing Him better (Jer. 29:13-14a)?
4. Have you ever asked God – Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and clean-up your life? Explain!5. If someone were to show you a Bible verse that says Jesus is a man, how would you answer his/her?
6. What does the resurrection of Jesus Christ prove according to Acts 17:31 and Romans 1:4?
7. John 1:4-5 says that Jesus is the light of the world. What does this mean to you (see John 8:12)?
8. Jesus is the Bread of Life and when we believe in Him, we should experience living water in our inner most being (John 4:10-11; 7:38)? Why does this happen and how?
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