Beliefs and Practices of Christians - WHAT MUST ONE DO TO BE FORGIVEN BY GOD AND SAVED FROM SIN ?
We now come, my friend, to a question that is very important to you and to me and to everybody in the world. Since we know that we are sinners, we must ask God to show us what He would have us do in order that He might pardon and accept us. As you know, many different opinions exist in regard to this matter. Some people think that because they are members of a certain race, or followers of some religion, they will certainly be accepted by God. Others believe that by doing good works they will be able to cancel out their evil deeds, and in this way earn their own salvation. Still others hope that some prophet or holy man will pray for them, and persuade God to pardon them. However, the Bible teaches that in none of these ways is it possible to secure eternal salvation. No one is good enough to be accepted by the Holy God.
Is there then no hope for us sinners? Yes, praise God, there is hope!!! What we could not do for ourselves, and what no prophet could do for us. God in His great love has done. The Bible says: "He is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also the sins of the whole world…..the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin….If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1John 2:2, 1:7-9).
We see, therefore, that the way which God has opened for us sinners to come to Him and be received by Him is faith in Jesus Christ, the God given sacrifice for sin, and there is no other way. For Jesus said: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me." (John 14:6). God sent His Son to save all the peoples of the world, and Jesus invites everyone to come to Him. He said that He would never reject anyone who came. This means that any person in the world who hates his sin and sincerely repents and believes on Christ, the Son of God, as his Savior will surely be forgiven. Anyone, old or young, poor or rich, learned or unlearned, bad or good, may come. However, it should be understood that faith in Christ is not merely intellectual opinion that Jesus is the Son of God. Faith in Jesus Christ is committing one's self to Him, as a sick person puts himself into the hands of a skillful doctor whom he trusts to cure him.
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