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Step 1--God's Purpose: Peace & Eternal Life

God loves you, and He wants you to live in peace with Him and to receive eternal life.

The Bible Says...

"...we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Romans 5:1

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

John 3:16

"...the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord."

Romans 6:23b

Since God planned for us to be at peace with Him and to have eternal life, why are many people not enjoying this experience?

Step 2--Our Problem: Sin & Separation

God did not make us robots to mindlessly love and obey Him. Instead He gave us a will and freedom of choice. But, like Adam, we often choose to disobey God and go our own selfish ways (read Genesis chapters 2-3). This side of our nature is called sin, and it separates us from God.

The Bible Says...

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...the wages of sin is death."

Romans 3:23; 6:23

"So [after Adam sinned] the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden...."

Genesis 3:23a

"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear."

Isaiah 59:2

Our sin separates us from God.

Step 3--God's Remedy: The Cross

Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem of separation from God. He died on the cross and rose from the grave to pay the penalty for our sin--completely bridging the gap between us and God.

The Bible Says...

"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Romans 5:8

"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

"...God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Christ Jesus, Himself man, is between them to bring them together..."

1 Timothy 2:5 (TLB)

"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word [Jesus] and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life."

John 5:24

God has provided the only way... and we must make the choice....

Step 4--Our Response: Receive Christ

We can receive Jesus Christ when we believe in His message and trust in Him alone to save us.

The Bible Says...

"All the prophets testify about Him that every one who believes in Him [Jesus Christ] receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

Acts 10:43

"[Jesus said] Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me."

John 14:1

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name."

John 1:12

How to receive Christ:

  1. Admit your need (I am a sinner).
  2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as your Savior).

What to Pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am sinful and I need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died to pay the penalty for my sin. I want to turn from my sin nature and follow You instead. I invite You to come into my heart and life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

God's Assurance: His Word

If you sincerely prayed this prayer and asked Jesus Christ to come into your life, do you know what He has given you?

The Bible Says...

"Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved."

Romans 10:13

"Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 8:39

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Romans 5:1

"He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life...."

1 John 5:12-13, NKJV

Your New Life:

When you receive Christ, you are born into God's family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, who indwells every believer...this is called regeneration or "new birth." God bless you as you begin your wonderful new life in Christ.

Billy Graham

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Question You Must Answer

“What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:22).

Have you answered this question in a way that honors God and perfectly satis­fies your own soul, by accepting Him as God’s love-gift to you, giving thanks to God for such a willing Saviour?

If this question, so important, still stands unanswered before your soul, I ask you to stop and think, as the Spirit of God presses it in upon your conscience:

“What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?”

Receive Him or reject Him: Which? You and Jesus the Christ are put together in the verse, and as the words rise up before your soul, by faith receive Him as yours. You will have a taste of what the saved will soon enjoy in the glory when they are face to face with Christ.

Why not answer the question now in your immortal soul? It reveals the fact that none are able to avoid personal deal­ings with Christ, either now in grace or soon in judgment.

“Every eye shall see Him” (Revelation 1:7).

As you read these lines, a crisis in your history is reached. It was so with Pilate as he sat on the judgment seat, while the chief priests, the elders and the multitude stood around it. There was One in their midst who was oppressed and afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth. (See Isaiah 53:7.) Every eye was fixed on Him, every tongue was let loose against Him, reveal­ing the dark hatred of Christ-rejecting hearts.

How solemn the moment, how critical the question, to Pilate and all around him.

“What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?”

They decide at once, “Away with Him, let Him be crucified.”

What about Pilate, who could say, “I find no fault in Him” (John 19:4)? He paused between two opinions, till one sentence reached his ear, “If thou let this man go, thou art not Cæsar’s friend” (John 19:12). When he heard that, he made the choice of Cæsar’s friendship, and his choice sealed his doom.

What is your choice? Unlike Pilate, a crowd may not press around you, wait­ing your decision; yet in the quiet of your home, in the office, in your car, on the river, in the field, or by the way, this question—raised in your soul by the Holy Spirit—must be answered by you.

“What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?”

God waits for your reply. You may ac­cept Him now as your personal Saviour and know the forgiveness of sins, peace with God, and the fellowship of His heart, or you may reject Him now and choose the pleasures of sin for a season, and your choice may seal your doom.

Do you pause between two opinions? Listen to the UNANSWERED QUES­TION OF SCRIPTURE:

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).

Jesus is God’s salvation for you. Trust Him as you are, for He “receiveth sinners, and eateth with them” (Luke 15:2).

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A True Tale of Two Brothers

Many years ago, there were two Chinese brothers. Though they lived together, they were very different. As is common in Chinese culture, we will refer to them as Elder Brother and Younger Brother.

Younger Brother was wild and willful. His primary interests seemed to be only pleasure and plunder. Elder Brother, on the other hand, was a respectable and responsible man. He was very distressed by Younger Brother’s behavior and often warned Younger Brother that he was headed for serious trouble. Elder Brother truly loved Younger Brother — and the more Younger Brother laughed at Elder Brother, the more Elder Brother prayed to God for him.

Very late one evening, Younger Brother rushed into their house, calling out for Elder Brother and exclaiming, “Help me! Hide me! I have killed a man! The police are after me! The blood …” Oh yes, the blood! It was on his clothes. His guilt was plain. What could he do? Where or how could he hide?

Elder Brother responded, “Quick! Change clothes with me.” Younger Brother quickly complied. The police came. There stood Elder Brother in the bloody clothes. He said nothing and did not resist. The police assumed that they had caught the criminal.

Trials were shorter in those days. Since Elder Brother said nothing more than what was required — and said nothing to defend himself — his trial was soon over, and the judge condemned him to death.

However, the evening before his scheduled execution, he asked his jailer to provide him with the material to write a letter and to promise to deliver that letter after his death. Something about Elder Brother appealed to the jailer. He agreed to provide the necessary materials, and he promised to arrange for the letter to be delivered after Elder Brother’s death.

The next morning, Elder Brother paid the penalty for Younger Brother’s crime. A little while later, a messenger knocked on Younger Brother’s door. Fearfully, he opened the door and accepted the letter.

Then, Younger Brother opened the letter — and he cried out as he read it! What did it say? The heart of the letter was this message:

Tomorrow, dressed in your clothes, I will die in your place. And you, dressed in my clothes, will live a righteous and holy life, in my memory, from now on.

Now, Younger Brother was so upset that he hardly knew what to do. He thought that just possibly his brother had not yet been executed. He rushed out to see the judge. He showed him the letter and confessed to his crimes, to the killing, and to his cowardice. But the judge told him that his brother had already died in his place. Seeing how the law had been satisfied by such a sacrifice of love, the judge declined to press any further charges against Younger Brother.

Younger Brother was free! But at what a price! How do you suppose his brother’s sacrifice affected him? I will tell you:

Younger Brother saw his guilt as never before. He saw his brother’s love as never before. He turned to God, and he discovered that God’s greater love and power, through Jesus Christ, could deliver him from what he had been and would enable him to live as Elder Brother had lived. His old friends found it difficult to believe that he had become so different. When invited to go with them where he and they had gone before, he said, “In my brother’s clothes I cannot go there. He would never go there.”

After a life of service to God and man, he was buried as he had requested — in Elder Brother’s clothes. Now, Elder Brother and Younger Brother live together again.

That is a great true story, but God wrote a better one. God sent His Son to die in your place. Jesus died to give you life — and He lives to live His life in those who trust in Him. Please carefully consider what God says in His Word, the Bible:

“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” (John 3:16).

“He [God] hath made Him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

“If, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10).

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). New life in the risen Christ who died for you! Do you have it, and do you live it?

Courtesy of Bible Truth Publishers