Understanding the reason we need a Savior.
Many people are taught that there are many paths to God. However, the Bible claims there is only one way to God and that way is through His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6)
It is important to recognize the God of the Bible created all life. As, the Creator, He knows what is best for the human race. When something is created for a specific purpose, it functions best according to the way it was created. So it is with humans, we were created by God and for God. 6 which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth; (Colossians 1:6)
Why did God create humans in the first place?
God desired reciprocal love, so He created man in His own image. Since we are created in His image we also have a desire for reciprocal love. In the beginning man enjoyed full fellowship with God, but succumbed to sin (rebellion & rejection toward God). Sin separates us from God. This act of rebellion brought sin into all creation. Humans have been under this curse since the fall in the Garden of Eden. The full story of this fall can be found in the Bible in the book of Genesis 2:4-3:24. With sin, death was brought into the world. We were created to live forever in full fellowship with God. God, in His love and mercy created a way to restore fellowship and eternal life with Him.
The Bible is divided into two sections, The Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT). In the OT we find the account of God’s creation. We also find the story of Adam and Eve, the first humans, and how they populated the earth. Since the fall of man, humans were left with a void in their lives that can only be filled with God Himself. Although, they didn’t realize, it was God they needed, so they tried to fill their void with other things to bring them hope and joy but these things couldn’t fill the void. Over time, God provided His law, to His chosen children, by speaking to Moses and other prophets found in the OT. His laws were instructions on how to be holy. The problem was, they couldn’t keep to all of these instructions and constantly had to atone for their sins through animal sacrifice. This was to show God’s people their desperate need for God and to make them aware that sin separates them from Him. God told His people that He would provide the ultimate sacrifice for their sin through the Messiah. This was fulfilled by the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s one and only son. This brings us to the New Testament. The Old Testament is the account before Christ came to the earth and the New Testament tells of during and after the coming of Christ. The story of Christ’s, birth, death and resurrection can be found in the 4 Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Way to eternal Life in Heaven
Finally there is a way to restore the relationship God intended to have with the human race. God implanted Jesus into His mother Mary’s womb by His power, The Holy Spirit. Jesus (God Himself) became flesh and lived among us being tried and tempted just as we are, yet without sin. While Jesus was on the earth, He taught the Truth and preformed many signs and miracles proving that He was the One foretold about in the OT, the One to save the world from sin. Jesus fulfilled numerous prophesies yet many refused to believe that He was the Messiah. Those that refused to believe this accused Him of blasphemy and plotted to kill Jesus. Jesus had a small following called disciples. He taught them the Truth and told them that He was the Messiah and that He would die but be raised on the Third Day. He allowed them to know that He was going to become the sacrifice for all sin and take sin upon Himself to restore the relationship that separates us from God. From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. (Matthew 16:21) He taught many Truths. He said “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16) He was letting them know those that believe in Him will be with Him in heaven. He spoke some harsh things as well that lead us to believe He requires us to put our full trust in His power and walk with Him in obedience. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. (John 15:1-11) He also said 13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. 15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will know them by their fruits. 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness. 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” 28 When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. (Matthew 7:13-21)
In the OT this was foretold of the type of death Jesus would die.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth. (Isaiah 53:5-7) Jesus was led to the cross and beat for our sins. A crown of thorns was places on His head to mock the fact that He called Himself a King. Next He was nailed to the cross and died an awful death. After Jesus went to the cross and paid the penalty for sin He appeared to His disciples and commissioned them go and tell the gospel to others and make disciples. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
We can be His disciples and secure eternal life by believing that He is the son of God that came to take away the sin of the world. When we pass from this world we can be in heaven with Him for all eternity.
Lost in Darkness
If we do not make this decision, God is a Just God and can’t allow us in His Holy presence. Therefore, there is a place assigned for those that do surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. This place is described as separation from God, a place of darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. When we do not choose Jesus we choose to remain in our sin and have no hope without Christ. The Bible teaches us that Jesus will come back again to take those that are His. He calls us to be prepared for that day. We are told to be ready for His coming since we do not know the day or the hour in which He will come. 42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:42-51).
Are you saved?
If you sense a calling in your heart to surrender your life to Jesus you can do this by praying. Simply get before Jesus can confess to Him you know that you are a sinner and that you understand sin separates you from God. Confess sins you know of to Him and repent of them. Repenting is choosing to turn away from your sinful life style. Tell Him you are ready to give your whole life to Him and gratefully accept your free gift of salvation. Tell Him you believe that He is the only son of God who came to the earth to die for your sins so you can have life. Ask Him to help you through the process of turning from your old way of life to the new way of life. Ask Him to provide someone to help disciple you and teach you the ways of the Lord. After you have done this it would be good to get involved in a Bible believing church body and tell them of your decision to follow Christ.
Here are some helpful Bible verses describing our need for salvation.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
9 that 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; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.