Salvation How can I know God?
The mainstream Christian belief is that Jesus is the Son of God, fully divine and fully human and the saviour of humanity. Because of this, Christians commonly refer to Jesus as Christ or Messiah. Jesus’ ministry, sacrificial death, and subsequent resurrection, are often referred to as the Gospel message (“good news”). In short, the Gospel is news of God the Father’s eternal victory over evil, and the promise of salvation and eternal life through divine grace.
In our day and age, many preachers will tell you to walk down the aisle and say a prayer to be saved, but is that really how you can know God? Many churches believe that you need to “do something,” like take communion or get baptized; but salvation isn’t in a prayer or proximity to the pulpit or even a church ordinance; it’s in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In order to accept Christ as your Savior, you need to know some information about God, about yourself and about Jesus Himself.
- God is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-27).
- God is perfect and holy (Isaiah 6:1-5).
- God is the righteous judge of man’s sin (Psalm 9:7-8).
- Man was created in God’s image, but fell into sin (Romans 5:12).
- All men have sinned and transgressed God’s law. Without God, we are guilty and in danger of eternal punishment (Romans 3:23).
- Man can do good works, but he is unable to save himself from God’s judgment (Isaiah 64:6).
- Jesus Christ is God, the Creator of all things (John 1:1-3).
- Jesus became a man, died as a sacrifice for sin and rose from the dead to sit at the right hand of God (I Corinthians 15:1-6).
- Jesus is the Savior of mankind, waiting to receive those who would believe on Him (John 6:35-39).
In light of this information: the judgment of God, the inability to save yourself and the willingness of Christ to accept you as one of His own, it is your responsibility to believe God’s Word, repent of your sinful path and accept Christ as your only Lord and Savior. You need to depend on Him to escape the wrath and condemnation of God. As soon as you have truly made that profession in your heart, you are already saved. There is no need to pray a prayer, but it is appropriate to pray to God when you are saved and thank Him for His grace and mercy. You don’t need a script, just speak to Him out of the love that is now in your heart.
What do I do next?
Since you have accepted Christ as your savior, it is important to make that profession known by being baptized and joining a local assembly of believers. These are God’s commandments. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us.