STEPS FOR ACCEPTING CHRIST
The first step in accepting Jesus Christ is to acknowledge that we are all sinners saved by God’s Grace.
Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Jesus paid the price for our sins. Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
We need to acknowledge that we were born in sin because of what happened back in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, with their disobedience to God. Sin is what brings death and separation from God. Sin also means missing the mark. The mark that we all should be aiming to is God. Once we acknowledge that we were born into sin, then we should call upon the name of Jesus, to be saved and have eternal life.
Grace simply means God’s unmerited favor. If we did anything to earn it or deserve it, it’s not Grace. If God owes it to us because we’ve been a good person, or we’ve tried to do the best we can, it is not Grace. Grace means that we get the opposite of what we deserve. We deserve God’s wrath because we have sinned against Him. Instead, He saves us by His Grace. Grace is the favor of God, founded upon His Holiness. Through Grace, Salvation is freely given by God to undeserving sinners. Grace is a gift from God – Salvation is indeed the most extraordinary expression of God’s Grace. It’s by Grace we are saved.
Accepting Jesus Christ into our lives and asking Him to cleanse us of our sins is the only true way to live an eternal life in Heaven.
The second step in accepting Jesus Christ is to have faith and believe that God loves us so that He sent His only begotten son that we can have everlasting life.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God sent His only begotten Son to die in our place and to take away our sins.
We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood and death of Jesus Christ.
God had so much love for us that He sent His only begotten Son (Jesus, a perfect man without sin) to die for our sins, so that we could have everlasting life.
Salvation comes through the faith and belief in God’s revealed purpose in His Son who dies for all. Faith and belief in Jesus Christ is the only avenue to receiving the gift of Salvation.
God sent His Son to pay the price for all so that we can be forgiven and saved from the punishment of Hell. Jesus died in our place. He did all this because He is a loving God, He provided the only escape way.
We believe and have faith that He is the Son of God and that He came to die for us. We know that He rose from the dead and have complete Victory over death. We should open up our hearts and invite him to take over our lives.
No matter what we have done, no matter how unworthy we think we are, He still loves us and wants us to come to know Him. Won’t you accept God’s perfect gift of Love? It’s been paid in full.
The third step in accepting Jesus Christ is to repent of our sins and accept the Lord
Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. Acts 3:19 – Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Repentance is not just saying, I’m sorry. “It’s turning away from the sin that separates us from God; reaching out, instead, to receive God’s forgiveness and the new life He offers”. Repentance is necessary for Salvation (Acts 3:19). Repentance put our action to our words.
We must repent and ask God for forgiveness this means to acknowledge our sins and to be sorry for our sins and to confess our sins. The Bible declares that “He is faithful and Just to forgive us.”
We must first acknowledge within ourselves that we have sinned before God and come short of His glory. We must confess our sins unto Him. True repentance will result in a change in our actions.
We must change our way of thinking and turn away from our old ways and hear and believe as: “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Once we understand that we are sinners and that all have sinned, we need to turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness by repenting and turning from our way to Gods way.
The fourth step in accepting Jesus Christ is to confess and accept Him into our hearts.
Romans 10:9-10 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Vs. – 10: For the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Jesus paid the highest price for us and because He loves us more than we could ever imagine, He was put to death by being crucified on the Cross.
God’s word promises, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt and will be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall and will be saved (Romans 10:9-10;13).”
When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, God comes to live within us (the Holy Spirit). Our body becomes His Temple, His abode, and an inner Chamber.
By His Grace, God has already done everything to provide salvation to us. Our part is to simply believe and receive.
The very moment we commit our lives to Jesus Christ, the truth of His Word instantly comes to pass in our spirit. Once we’ve accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we become a new creature in Jesus Christ whereby old things are passed away and behold all things become new.
Once we accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior He then becomes the Savior and Ruler of our lives.