Babb Memorial King Solomon
Missionary Baptist Church
Church for the Whole Man
Babb Memorial King Solomon
Missionary Baptist Church
Church for the Whole Man
ACHIEVING ETERNAL SALVATION
How can I get salvation? What do I have to do in order to get eternal life? Well do you know that only one thing determines whether you are going to be saved and have eternal life? That's right, only one thing. Also being saved does not depend upon you doing good works and good deeds. Nor is being saved determined by how much you give at church or if you give anything at church. Salvation doesn't even depend on you going to church. Although these are important, they have absolutely nothing to do with you being saved. Salvation, the very act of being saved, of having eternal life, of living in paradise for all of eternity, is determined by one thing and one thing only, and incredibly enough it is rather easy to obtain salvation.
So how can I be saved? You say it is so easy to become saved then tell me how to get saved. The answer lies in verses like the following.
John 3:3 "In answer Jesus said to him, most truly I say to you, unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
John 3:7 "You people to be saved must be born again."
Now the question, what does being "born again" really mean?
Many people think that being born again is "Body to Spirit". That you turn your earthly and fleshy body over to God. That's not what "born again" means. What born again means is that your spirit, or your soul, the very essence of your being, is given over completely to our loving Father. You give and dedicate your soul to God. It is your spirit joining his spirit. And you do this by completely surrendering your life up to his Son, Jesus Christ.
In order to get salvation you must in your own heart truly believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and as God he stepped out of heaven and took the form of man and came to earth to die on the cross at Calvary, and that the blood that he shed on the cross allowed you to have your sins forgiven. You must repent your sins and you must also ask God to forgive you of those sins. If you can do those few simple things, and at the same time accept the death of Jesus Christ as full payment for all of your sins, both past, present, and in the future, then you will be born again, and from that moment on you will have eternal salvation.
As you can see, being born again is not just a matter of accepting Jesus in some emotion filled revival meeting, nor is it a matter of just joining a church. Rather, it is a matter of being fully surrendered to the God of the Bible through a personal relationship with the true Jesus Christ. It is a matter of a person genuinely yielding his heart, mind, and will so that the living Jesus Christ can fully live his life inside that individual. Being born again is the full and complete belief, trust, and surrender to Jesus Christ.
Each and every one of us needs to be born again.
Unfortunately, every member of the human race has inherited Adam's rotten sin nature at birth, making each of us what Adam was -- a disobedient rebel that was prone to sin. This old nature within us makes us lie, cheat, swear, and desire sin. You may say that you have absolutely nothing in common with Adam or his sin. That he was born thousands of years ago and there is no connection between you and him and that so called inherited sin. But ask yourself this question regarding that sin. Where would you be if Adam never had any children?
So our ability and desire to sin has been passed down to each and every human being who has ever been born. One is not a sinner because he sins. He sins because he is a sinner. That's what the psalmist meant in Psalms 51:5 "Behold, I was formed in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."
The "iniquity" in Psalms 51:5 refers to the old nature formed within one at conception. This old nature contains all the germs of every known sin. That's why God declares in Psalms 58:3,4, "The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent."
So we all are born into this world stained with sin and completely unworthy to be a child of God. And there lies the purpose of being born again. Because when we are "born again" we are asking Jesus Christ to use his precious shed blood to completely wash away all of our sins. And once our sins are washed away then we are able to come to God and have communion with him. Now we become a true child of God's.
You as a human being cannot begin to grow physically until you are born. And so to, you cannot begin to grow spiritually until you are born spiritually. Each and every person has the opportunity to be born twice. Likewise, for each person there can also be two deaths.
Belief in Jesus
What does "belief in Jesus" really mean? If you believe in something then you truly believe that it is right, that it is true. So if you believe in Jesus then you believe everything that he said, did, and taught. It means that you will follow his commandments, his statutes, his directions. You believe and follow all the instructions that he gave to us because you believe that what he said was the truth. We believe him and follow him because we want to do what is right and what is Godly.
So if Jesus told us to forgive our fellow man when he wrongs us then we forgive him. When Jesus tells us not to put other gods before the Father, then we don't make things like money more important than God. When Jesus tells us to love our fellow man then we love our fellow man by putting his goodwill first and showing him respect. When Jesus tells us to repent of our sins then we put forth the effort not to commit those sins again. Belief in Jesus means that we begin to read the very Word of God to find out what his beliefs are so that we can begin to follow them.
For example, what would you think if a worker came to work and said to his boss "I'm here" and then proceeded to sit down and stare at the ceiling for the next 8 hours? You wouldn't think very much of that worker, in fact you would have to agree that he stands a good chance of being fired rather quickly. Just showing up for work and then not doing anything is not going to cut it. Nobody would want someone like that around. Salvation is similar in that you cannot just accept Jesus into your heart and then stop and do nothing else. Accepting Jesus is only the start of salvation, because as you grow in your spiritual character your obedience, your faith, and your trust in Jesus is also going to grow. You must follow Jesus because the path that Jesus is on is the one that leads to eternal salvation.
By completely surrendering and letting Jesus Christ live within us, we can develop over time, the very character of God. With Christ within, the true Christian is enabled to "grow" in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christian soon becomes a genuine overcomer. For with Christ living within him, he gradually overcomes himself, the world, and satan.
Once your soul is devoted to The Father then your thoughts, your actions, your words, your deeds, your entire mind and body will follow your spirit and thus they too will also become dedicated to God the Father. It is at this time that your life begins to become Godly in nature and a whole new meaning and purpose and understanding is given to God. It is here that the born again believer begins the journey on his life long path to feed his soul with "spiritual nourishment" so that he can grow in spiritual maturity and in the correct knowledge of God. Then, as we grow, we reflect his nature in everything that we think, say and do. So through the process of being born again, our Heavenly Father can and will build within us a nature and character fit for eternal life in his soon coming kingdom.
So basically the act of being born again which leads directly to salvation can be broken down into three separate steps.
A definite and distinct feeling of need in your heart for God.
An awareness of your sinfulness and the desire to make critical changes in your life style.
The understanding that Jesus suffered and died for you and his importance in your life
King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church
1417 10th Ave North
Nashville, TN 37208
King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church is a church whose mission is to reach out to the community armed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to make a change in our community by showing the love of Christ to our community.
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