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The Four Spiritual Laws of Salvation

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1. God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
In John 3:16, we learn that "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."

In John 10:10, Christ tells us, "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly." In other words, that our lives might be full and meaningful.

Why is it, then, that most people are not experiencing the abundant life?




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2. All of us sin, and our sin has separated us from God.
Romans 3:23 tells us that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." We were created to have fellowship with God, but because of our stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

In Romans 6:23, we learn that "the wages of sin is death," or spiritual separation from God. Because God is holy and people are sinful, a great gulf separates us. We are continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through our own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion, but these methods inevitably fail.


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3. Jesus Christ is God's only provision for our sin. Through Him we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.
Jesus died for our sins, taking our punishment in our place. In Romans 5:8, we read that "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Three days after His death, Christ rose from the dead. I Corinthians 15:3-6 tells us that "Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..."

Jesus Christ is the only way to God. In John 14:6, Jesus tells us, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place, to pay the penalty for our sins.




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4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our life.
John 1:12 tells us, "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name."

Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, "By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."

When we receive Christ, we experience a new birth. He invites us to receive Him by personal invitation in Revelation 3:20, when He says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him." Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into your life to forgive our sin and to make you what He wants you to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.


How can you receive Christ?
You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Prayer is talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray it right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.




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