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A Person Becomes a Christian When . . .

Do you want to go to heaven? A person does not get into heaven because he/she is a good person and does good things. God says that no one does anything good enough to gain eternal life – not one. God says, “There is no one who does what is good, not even one . . .” Romans 3:12 (NASB). The message is that we all do good deeds, but none of our deeds are good enough to please God in order to get us into heaven (Rom. 4:4-5). So how does a person get into heaven? The answer is that a person stops trying to gain approval and just believes or trusts that Jesus is God, physically died for our sins, and returned to life after His death. He did that so that we can have our sins forgiven. He is alive today in heaven. Those are the facts about Jesus. True followers of Jesus will also admit that they are sinners, are sorry for their sins and ask Jesus to become their Savior and Lord. Have you ever done that and been serious? If so, God says that He moved you to come to Him. He gave you the free gift of salvation (Rom. 6:23).

One who is going to heaven . . .

Believes Jesus is God
“. . . looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus . . .”

(NASB) John 8:24; Titus 2:13; 1 John 4:1-2

Believes Jesus died for our sins
“. . . that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried . . .”

(NASB) 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Believes Jesus was resurrected from the dead
“. . . and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.”

(NASB) Romans 10:9; 1 Cor. 15:3-4

Believes that only Jesus can forgive their sins.
“Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

(NIV) Acts 4:12

Believes they are a sinner.
“. . . all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

(NASB) Romans 3:23

Is repentant of their sins.
“Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, Repent. . .”

(NIV) Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:9-14

Declares that Jesus is your Savior and Lord.
“. . . that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved . . .”

(NASB) Romans 10:9

If the above statements are true of you, then the descriptions in “The Evidence You Are A Christian” will also be true of you. Are they?