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).
A true Christian . . .
1. Believes Jesus is God
|Jesus said, “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” John 8:24|
Note – When Jesus said He was the “I AM” He revealed that He is God (Exodus 3:14). In John 8:58 Jesus said once again that He was God. Also see Titus 2:13 and 1 John 4:1-2.
2. Believes Jesus died for our sins
|The apostle Peter said, “We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross.” Acts 10:39 (NASB)|
The apostle Paul has told us that we must believe, “That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried . . .” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NASB)
“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit . . .” 1 Peter 3:18
Note – Christ died for our sins. His one-time death was sufficient to forgive all our sins, if we believe He did it.That is the message of the prophecies (Isaiah 53:5-6, 8, 12).
3. Believes Jesus was resurrected from the dead
|The apostle Peter said, “God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible.” Acts 10:40 (NASB)|
The apostle Paul wrote, “and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures . . .” 1 Corinthians 15:4
The apostle Paul has told us that we must believe, “. . . and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (NASB)
Note – A person must believe that Jesus died for our sins and returned to physical life. His resurrection proved that He was God (Romans 1:4).
4. Believes that only Jesus can forgive his or her 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.” Acts 4:12 (NIV)|
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John14:6
“And there is no other God besides Me,
Note – There is only one God and Savior (Titus 2:13). Jesus is the only Savior of the world. If you ignore Him, then you have ignored the only God who can save you (1 John 4:14).
5. Believes he or she is a sinner
|“. . . all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (NASB)|
Jesus revealed that we are sinners when He said, “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” John 8:24
Note – In Matthew 19:17 Jesus said that only God is good. That is, we are not good and we cannot do any good to earn us heaven.
6. Is repentant of his or her sins.
|The apostle Peter said, “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away . .” Acts 3:19 (NASB)|
Note – In Luke 18:9-14 Jesus declared that He did not come to save those who think they are good people. He came to save sinners.
7. Has a conviction that Jesus is your Savior and Lord.
|“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” Romans 10:9-11 (NASB)|
Note – Romans 10:13 says that you should call on the name of the Lord. That is, tell God that you believe Jesus Christ is God, He died for your sins, you want your sins forgiven and you let Him be the Lord of your life. That is the mark of a true Christian.
If the above statements are true of you, then the descriptions in “The Evidence You Are A Christian” should also be true of you. Are they?
To The Glory of Christ
Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me . . . Jeremiah 9:23-24
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