BECOME A CHRISTIAN
How to Become A Christian
The main theme running through the whole of the Bible is that a perfect and holy God is redeeming sinful and imperfect people through Jesus Christ for the praise of His glory (Ephesians Chapter 1).
In the beginning God created a perfect world, a perfect man and a perfect woman.
But perfection was not enough and the man and woman violated God’s only prohibition (Genesis 2:15-17). When they did they plunged mankind into sin. (Genesis 3:14-19) From that point on the human race has been infected with sin because of the sin of one man, Adam. Man is born a sinner and is an enemy of God (Genesis Ch. 1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
But the story does not end there. Despite the fact that we are all sinners and children of wrath, (Rom. 3:23; Eph. 2:1-4) God being rich in mercy sent Jesus the Son who is God in flesh, (Heb. 2:14) to live without sin and fulfill God’s perfect moral standard that we have all violated, to die as sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21, Gal. 3:13). On the cross, Jesus absorbed the wrath that we deserved for sinning against an infinitely holy God (Colossians 2:13-14; 1 Peter 2:24-25). Because God is infinitely holy, we deserved infinite wrath and punishment.
“But God being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” Ephesians 2:4-5.
So What Do I Do?
You acknowledge your sin before a holy creator God, turn from your sin and believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sin (Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21). Call upon the name of the Lord (Romans 10:13). Trust only in the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on the cross because you can’t work for or earn your salvation (Ephesians 2:7-10). Confess with your mouth and believe with your heart that Jesus lived and died for your sins and was raised from the dead victorious over sin (Romans 10:8-11). Becoming a Christian happens by grace through faith alone. Baptism won’t save you. Church attendance won’t save you. Praying won’t save you. Trusting in Jesus alone is the only way to be saved (John 14:6).
How do I know I am a Christian?
When a person hears the word of God and believes through the work of the Holy Spirit, God puts His Spirit in us (Ephesians 1:13). We become a new creation. We become something other than what we were. In Christ Jesus we are meant to do good works (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10). We don’t do good works or obey God because we need to earn His approval. Jesus already earned our salvation on the cross if we believe in His finished work, but since we are a new creation, God’s Spirit produces in us the things of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). We know we are saved and in Christ when we want to love God and others (1 John 3:23-24). We know we are saved when we abide in His word (2 John 9). Jesus died and paid for our sins so that we might live to righteousness and not to sin (1 Peter 2:24). You were created for God’s glory, (Isaiah 43:6-7; 1 Corinthians 10:31) and a new creation will want to live for God’s glory by obeying His commands. You were saved not by your own good deeds or works but by the blood of Jesus. Trust in it alone and God will produce in you fruit in keeping with repentance (Luke 3:8).
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