God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son, Jesus Christ. In other words, the way to possess eternal life is to possess God’s Son. The question is, how can a person have the Son of God? (1 John 5:11-12)
SEPARATION FROM GOD
Isaiah 59:2 - But your sinful acts have alienated you from your God; your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to your prayers.
Romans 5:8 - But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
According to Romans 5:8, God demonstrated His love for us through the death of His Son. Why did Christ have to die for us? Because Scripture declares all men to be sinful. To “sin” means to miss the mark. The Bible declares “all have sinned and fall short of the glory (the perfect holiness) of God” (Romans 3:23). In other words, our sin separates us from God who is perfect holiness (righteousness and justice) and God must, therefore, judge sinful man.
How Do We Receive God’s Son?
We can receive the Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior by personal faith, by trusting in the person of Christ and His death for our sins.
John 1:12 - But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children
John 3:16-18 - For this is the way God loved the world: he gave his one and only Son that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 18 The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.
This means we must each come to God the same way:
1. As a sinner who recognizes his sinfulness
2. Realizing no human works can result in salvation
3. Relying totally on Christ alone by faith alone for our salvation
PRAYER OF SALVATION
If you would like to receive and trust Christ as your personal Savior, express your faith in Christ by this simple prayer:
Father, I acknowledge my sinfulness. Please forgive me. I accept your forgiveness and believe that your son, Jesus Christ, died for me. I put my faith in Christ and give Him my life.
If you have just trusted in Christ, you need to learn about your new life and how to walk with the Lord. Start by studying through the ABCs for Christian Growth available online at www.bible.org. This series will take you step-by-step through some basic truths of God’s Word and will help you build a solid foundation for your faith in Christ.