As Easy As A-B-C
Salvation offered by the Heavenly Father who is called the Creator of heaven and earth isn’t complicated. According to the Bible, every human has a rebel nature against the way God created people to live. Humanity’s history is one of internal, personal corruption that blinds people to peace, love and harmony between themselves and their Divine Creator. God loves each person. His words, found in His inspired book the Bible, tell us the Father “is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
Why would people perish, some ask? The answer lies in God’s nature of perfection. To be clear, God’s perfection prevents Him from creating anything imperfect. He created people to be perfect, to live without any imperfection, to live with all the peace, love, and positive feeling for others that He planned for humanity to have. God can’t receive people who choose to trade away His way of living for a life of failings and shortcomings. If the Lord in heaven accepted imperfection, then heaven would become populated with imperfect people an d God could not accept such a place, so heaven would no longer exist.
God has a plan that will transform us into acceptable inhabitants for heaven. Jesus took our guilt for sin and the resultant punishment we deserve, dying in our place. Because Jesus died for our sins, He offers to forgive anyone who asks Him. But Jesus didn’t stay dead: He became alive again. He has the power to give victory over the death we all as sinners deserve. He is the only one who can offer eternal life to all who believe He is God’s only Son. This begins the moment a person seeks peace with God. To receive peace with God for all time, just use the simple ABC acronym.
- Admit you are not living as the Bible admonishes people to. Romans 3:23 demonstrates that every individual has done wrong. In a nutshell, just realize you are a sinner rebelling against God. The bad news is that the penalty for sin is eternal death, as described in the first part of Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death.” On to the good news.
- Believe Jesus Christ came as God incarnate, fully God and fully man, and that as the only sinless person to ever live, He could pay the penalty for our wrongs. The last part of Romans 6:23 gives us the good news, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So God leaves us with hope, but receiving that hope requires a choice from you.
- Choose to ask the Savior God, the only true God to forgive you for being a sinner: a rebel against God, resisting faith in Jesus as Savior. Confess that your sinful nature is more than you can conquer, and you desire the Lord God to change and free you from sin and guilt. He will bring eternal life to you. See Romans 10:9-10 (below) for one way to do this.
Admit, Believe, Confess
A - Admit
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom.3:23 (NIV)
B - Believe
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8 (NIV)
C - Choose
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Rom. 10:9-10 (NIV)
These ABCs lead you to the answer that Jesus prayed in John 17:3 (NIV), “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
Now, you have the answer to "How can I know God?"
For additional information, see “Steps to Peace with God.” Another site to check out is “Do you know for certain that you have eternal life and that you will go to heaven when you die.” Alive Vineyard has a thorough explanation and next steps to take. Below, see the fun 36 second YouTube video about Jesus, the bridge to heaven