January 27, 2016

How to Become a Christian

How to Become a Christian

First of all, I would like to personally ask you this question: How do you think, one would become a Christian?


The above is a most vital question. It is your own eternity that is at stake here! Where will you spend it? Are you absolutely convinced that you are indeed secure for your eternity? What gives you that assurance? How holy do you think you would have to be for God to accept you into His holy presence? What does God say about your sin? What does God say the penalty for your sin is? How does God say you are able to become a Christian? Are you ready to stand before Jesus Christ the Judge of the living and the dead? Let us now examine these things and make certain that you are indeed a Christian, someone fit for eternity in God's glorious Heaven!


Number one. We must understand that God is holy! For we read, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) Then we are warned, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) I ask therefore, have you lived a 100% perfect life? Ever told a lie, cheated, stolen, lusted after another person who was not your spouse, or desired to kill someone? Well, God calls all these things sin, in His Holy Word! (See Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5:21-22,27-28) We are then truthfully told, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) We know then, that every single human being has fallen short of God's holy standard.

One must come to the conclusion that, “I am a sinner. I am guilty!”

“So,” you say, “I see that I'm a guilty sinner, but how can I become a Christian? What if I give all my money to a good cause? What if I get baptised? What if I try to be a good person? What if I become a missionary or pastor? What if I try to obey God's Ten Commandments? What if I...” You see, God is very straightforward about this. He simply says, “All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6) Further to this, we read, “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight.” (Romans 3:20) We conclude then, that we can do nothing to help save ourselves – nothing!

We must ask now, what is the penalty or consequences of my sin? Again, the Bible hides nothing! We read, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) Listen, death speaks of separation from our holy Creator-God because of our sin. It is our sin that separates us from Him because He is holy! We are separated from Him now, and our physical bodies will die and we'll be separated from Him for all of eternity in the Lake of Fire!

We see then, that one must conclude: “I am a sinner. I am guilty. I can do nothing to help save myself! I am in big trouble! I need someone to come and rescue me!!!”


You ask then, “Is there any hope for me at all?” Absolutely! For it is written that we, “Are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation (satisfaction) by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:24-25)

Look, we see a few critical things in this verse. One, we are made right with God by His favor as a gift. Two, Jesus made full satisfaction for our sins by His death on the cross. Three, we receive this gift by faith – we trust Him as the One who is able to save us completely! For again, we read, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Jesus is the one who has come to rescue you!


One must also understand, that this same Jesus who was crucified, is also risen from among the dead the third day, just as prophesied so many of hundreds of years earlier! In fact, the Psalm, “They have pierced my hands and my feet,” was written about 1000 years before it happened to Jesus Christ! Even prior to that method of execution! (Psalm 22:16) Then in Psalm 16:10, it is written, “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.” This too, was written of Jesus the Messiah hundreds of years prior to it coming about! Look, Jesus is alive! For it is even recorded in this manner, “That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve [disciples]. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6) Look, there were far more people who are witnesses to the fact that Jesus is risen, than are needed in a court of law to establish something as factual!


You see, Jesus is God, was always God, and will always be God! Yet, when He walked this Earth about 2000 years back, He took on the body of a human so that he could pay for the consequences of all our sin, which was death! Indeed, He made full satisfaction for all our sins! However, He is coming back soon, as the one who is the “judge of the living and the dead”! Are you ready?! (1 Timothy 4:1) Then we read, “'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, 'who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'” “Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me...one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like a roar of many waters...from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.” (Revelation 1:8, 12-16) “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened...And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-12, 15)

Yes, God's judgement is coming soon! For, Jesus said, “I am coming soon.” (Revelation 3:11) Indeed, these things will shall transpire shortly: “The Lord Jesus...revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.” (1 Thessalonians 1:7-9)

So, will God's wrath fall on you? Well, it is really up to you! You see, God Himself has provided the solution for you. God's solution? He sent His Son to to receive His wrath for your sin, so you would not ever need to experience it yourself! How did Jesus receive the wrath of God? He was nailed to a cross, and for three long, dark hours, the wrath of God fell upon Jesus Christ! Why did God the Father's wrath fall upon His Son? The reason being that all your sin was heaped upon Him! (“And the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6b) It was not for Jesus' sin, for He had none, rather, He was taking the full punishment for all your sin! In fact, the wrath of God was fully exhausted upon His Son, so that none remains left over for you to endure! Now, that is love to the maximum!


So, all that remains, is for you to accept what was already accomplished for you! One could say, the cheque has been written as a gift to you - all that remains is for you to cash your gift! You didn't earn the money – it was a gift. In the same way, you could do nothing to earn salvation or maintain it – it was a gift you did nothing for. All you can do is accept the gift! Yet, just as a cheque is of no use, unless cashed. So with Christ's payment for you! He did it all for you. However, it is of no value unless you receive it for yourself! For it is written, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Look, just like a person who is sick, needs to acknowledge that fact, and seek a doctor for healing. So you also, need to admit that you are a sinner unable to help yourself, and look to Christ Jesus for “healing”! For God promises: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)


For you who have placed your trust in Jesus alone as your own personal Savior, hear these words. “For our sake he [God the Father] made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin [treated as if he were a sinner], so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Again, “And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10) Also, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13) Then too, “Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who is raised – who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:33-34) One more, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:10) You see, Jesus has come to take up permanent residence in you by His Spirit to live the Christian life you never could live on your own in the first place! Let Him work in and through you by His power! For we must remember that salvation includes: having our sin-debt paid for, victory over sin in our daily lives, a future in Heaven where sin is totally absent!


To summarize then. God is holy. You are a sinner. Jesus is risen, and coming to judge all humanity! You can do nothing to help save yourself. Jesus made full satisfaction for your sin upon the cross. God offers you salvation as a free gift. You need to receive it – rest in Jesus as the adequate Savior for you! For, “He is able to save to the uttermost [completely]”!

who calls upon the name of jESUS
ROMANS 10:13

    *Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), copyrighted © 2001 by Crossway. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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