Do you believe God really wants us to be reconciled with Him – to be friends with Him again? And do you really believe that Messiah Yeshua is the provision God made for us to be reconciled?
It may help to have a reminder about what it means to believe Yeshua of Nazareth is the Messiah. Here’s what He claimed to be:
– The Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:16; John 6:69)
– The Son of Man (Matthew 16:13; John 8:28)
– The only Way to approach God (John 14:6)
– Absolute Truth (John 14:6)
– Life (John 14:6)
– The Resurrection from the dead (John 11:25-26)
– Salvation from sin (John 3:14-21; John 4:22)
Now this is where you have to do some thinking on your own. You need to decide whether all this God talk is really for you. Do you believe there’s something fundamentally wrong with yourself that you can’t fix on your own? If so, then you have recognized your own sin problem. (Remember, sin is rebellion against your Maker; it’s the tendency to be your own little god over whatever your life means to you.)
If you have recognized your sin problem, are you going to do anything about it? This is where you have to make a decision. You can try to try to fix it on your own, or you can to take God at His word and accept His promise to fix that sin problem for you. If you choose to fix it on your own, you should know right now that it’s not going to work. In 40 years of looking at this problem I haven’t found any way around God’s offer. No one else has found a way around it either. People claim to have found other ways, but in the end they come up missing the mark and landing in a world of regret.
Taking God up on His offer is what we mean when we say people need to be “saved”. It means to be rescued from the certain destruction that will happen to their bodies, souls, and spirits if they continue in the rebellion of sin. (We’ll talk about souls and spirits another time; for now just understand that you are far more than just your physical body.) If you choose to be “saved”, you take up God’s offer of Life, both in this world and in the next.
So do you want to be saved? If so, here’s how:
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Yeshua [Jesus] and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NKJV)
If you think that’s too simple, don’t worry. God has plenty for you to do, but you won’t be able to do the works He has for you until you first believe Him and let Him bring you into the place where you can be reconciled to Him.
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