Jesus’ sole purpose on Earth was to bring us new life by offering up His life as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Jesus saved us from the destructive power of sin! He bridged the gap between us and God, enabling us to be transformed by His Holy Spirit into the beings He intended us to be.
The transformation by the Holy Spirit is available to anyone who accepts God’s gift of salvation and forgiveness. When one accepts God’s gift they are born into a new life. This is what Christians refer to as being reborn spiritually. The Bible tells us the old passes away and God raises up a new life and new purpose within us.
A persons church membership, attitude, religious practices, and baptismal are all important parts to the Christian life, but these things alone do NOT make a person a Christian. Unfortunately, there are many people in the world today who claim to be Christians but have never had a personal intimate relationship with Jesus– causing much confusion to those who do not understand the difference between religion and relationship.
Sin created a massive wedge between God and man where there use to be a close intimate relationship with Him. Each person was created for fellowship and relationship with our Creator, but once sin was introduced into the world by Adam and Eve we began to choose to go our own way instead of following Gods perfect plan and will for our lives. (Isaiah 53:6)
The result of this rebellion is tragic. Rebellion against God is spiritual death.
However, the Lord is eager to forgive us and restore our fellowship with Him.
So how do you do this?
3 Biblical Requirements
- Admit you are a sinner (Romans 3:23)
- Recognize the seriousness of your sin. God sets a standard of perfection in which no one can please Him in their own self-efforts, this is why we need Jesus to bridge the gap. (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23)
- It’s not enough just to know that Christ died for us, you must receive it.
Thank you Lord, for this message about You and Your word. I am thankful to know you are a forgiving and merciful God, who wants an intimate relationship with me spiritually. God, I pray You will open my heart and mind to Your truth, help me to have clarity, discernment and understanding as I read and study Your word. Lord, I pray for transformation and restoration for myself and each person who does not know You or the truth in Your word. Thank You God for being a promise keeper and a way maker in Jesus mighty name I pray.
Prayer for Salvation
Lord I need You in my life– I am a sinner and I fall short daily. Forgive me for my sins and for living my life within my own self-efforts and not trusting in You. I believe in You God, that you sent Your only son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for my sins. I believe He died, rose again, and is alive today. Come into my heart and take control of my life. Raise up a new life within me and cleanse me of my sins. I put my trust in You and You alone. I receive Your gift of salvation in Jesus mighty name I pray.