Becoming a Christian

I remember being taught about the “Roman Roads” when I was still very young in a Sunday School class. It had been a while since I had walked down it so had to look up several of these verses but I believe this has always been one of the best and most simple explanations of Christianity. Let’s take a walk.

God is Our Creator

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. – Romans 1:20

God reveals himself to us through the things we see around us. He did not just create humans. He created everything we see. The mountains, the seas, the sky, the sun, the moon, the stars. Everything. We must acknowledge God as the Creator and sustainer of life.

The Need for Our Salvation

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… – Romans 3:23

All have sinned. We’re not talking about following the 10 Commandments. Sinful thoughts result in the same penalty as sinful actions. Telling a small fib is a sin just as murder is a sin. God is holy and just therefore sin creates a blockade or wall between God and man.

We Cannot Save Ourselves

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” – Romans 3:10-12

As we see in Romans 3:23, nobody is free from sin and even though these verses come before verse 23, they serve as a reinforcement to that thought but also explain that no one can earn their salvation by themselves. Doing good things, giving to a charity, or going to church are not what God accepts as a payment on our debt of sin.

What We Deserve

For the wages of sin is death – Romans 6:23a

God’s holiness requires a payment for our sin and that payment is death. Eternal death is separation from God forever in Hell. Justice is getting what we deserve and because of our sin, we deserve death. There is good news to this however. Please don’t stop here because we have an option.

God Provides Us an Option

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

God’s option is a sacrifice. His Son Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty for our sin by dying on the cross.Because of God’s mercy, we can escape the penalty of death and permanent separation from God. Mercy is not getting what we deserve and we see God’s mercy in that Jesus took our place.

God’s Gift to Us

…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23b

Accepting God’s gift to us provides us with eternal life and fellowship with God. This is a free gift from God but a gift is not a gift until it is accepted.

How We Can Accept God’s Gift

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:9-13

Accepting a gift is not difficult. If someone gives you a present for Christmas or for your birthday, you do not have to work for it or earn this gift. You just have to accept it. The same thing applies to God’s gift to us. We earlier discussed there is nothing we can do ourselves to earn salvation but because Jesus died in our place we can accept His gift. To accept this gift, all we have to do is confess Jesus as Lord with our mouth and believe in our heart in His resurrection. That’s it.

The Results of Our Salvation

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:1-2

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. – Romans 5:1-2a

The benefits of God’s gift are many. Forgiveness of our sins is just the beginning. By accepting Jesus’ death as a payment for our sins we can now have a relationship with the living God because our sin no longer separates us from Him.

It seems long and complicated but it really is quite simple. To sum this all up and keep it easier to remember, I’ll give you the quick ABC’s just in case you need to think about it a little longer.

  • Admit that you have sinned against God and ask Him for forgiveness.
  • Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God Who died for you on the cross, rose from the dead, and is Lord.
  • Call upon Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior.

The Sinner’s Prayer

If you are ready to talk to him now, here is a simple prayer to get you started

Heavenly Father,
I come to you in prayer asking for the forgiveness of my sins.  I confess with my mouth and believe with my heart that Jesus is Your Son, that He died on the cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven, and that He rose from the dead. I ask you right now to come in to my life and be my personal Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and will Worship you all the day’s of my Life! Because Your Word is truth, I confess with my mouth that I am born again and cleansed by the blood of Jesus!
In Jesus Name,
Amen.

Now What?

If you prayed that prayer and believed in your heart what you were praying, I congratulate you on becoming a child of God and praise Him with you for your salvation. But what are your next steps? Here are three simple things for you you to do next.

  1. Continue in prayer. Talk to God on a regular basis. There is no better way to get to know someone than through a conversation.
  2. Get a Bible and read it daily. You do not have to read an entire book or even a whole chapter every day but try to spend at least 15 minutes every day in God’s Word.
  3. Find a Bible believing church in your area. Fellowship with other Christians is essential to growth in your relationship with God. A church will help nourish your faith and strengthen your walk.
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