John 19:30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
The last statement of Jesus Christ just before He died on the cross was, “It is finished.” What did Jesus Christ mean? He meant that God’s plan of salvation was completed when He died. His death secured salvation for those who accept Him. Many religions and people will not tell you that Jesus Christ and His death on the cross is the only way to Heaven.
Today, these religions and people will tell you that you must earn heaven by following a creed, keeping sacraments, moral living, or doing good things. Because of this, many people live with a false hope in what they have done.
The thought of this religious philosophy is explained in this statement, “If the good that I have done out-weighs the bad that I’ve done, surely God will allow me to go to Heaven.” However, this is false.
Notice the Word of God is clear:
Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…”
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Religion has never and will never be the answer. My friend, even you are not the answer. Your good works will fall short and never get you into Heaven. Sure religions can do good things. Sure you can do good things. But, that has nothing to do with you going to Heaven when you die.
You may ask, “Then how will I get into Heaven when I die?”
Well, here is good news!!! You can know for sure you are going to Heaven.
God’s simple plan of salvation is…
Realize That God Loves You
God loves you and has a plan for your life.
“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
The Bible Says That All Men Are Sinners
Our sins have separated us from God.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
God made man in His own image. He gave man the ability to choose right from wrong. We choose to sin. Our sins keep us from God.
God’s Word Also Says That Sin Must Be Paid For
“For the wages of sin is death….” Romans 6:23
Wages means payment. The payment of our sin is death and hell, separation from God forever. If we continue in our sin, we shall die without Christ and be without God forever. Being “saved” means being saved from the penalty of sin.
The Good News Is That Christ Paid For Our Sins
All our sins were laid on Christ on the cross. He paid our sin debt for us. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, and He arose from the dead. He is alive forevermore.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
We Must Repent, Pray And Receive Christ By Faith
The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 This is where Repentance comes in. When you repent you see your true condition before God, a “sinner”. When you repent you see the wickedness of your sin. So, when you call upon the LORD in faith, you have a change of mind toward God and sin.
Pray And Receive Christ As Your Savior
Lord, I know that I am a sinner. If I died today, I would not go to heaven. Forgive my sin, come into my life and be my Savior. Help me live for you from this day forward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
Everlasting life begins when we receive Christ as our Savior.