- Religion and Philosophy
Salvation for All
I grew up in the Missionary Baptist Church. I attended church every Sunday. I joined the church when I was 12 years old. I have changed my denomination. I belong to the AME church today. While I was a child I was taught about God and Jesus Christ in Sunday School. The teaching I received was an asset to my life and still is. At the time tough, I still had a decision to make. I may have joined the church but I didn't confess Christ publicly. That was supposed to have taken place the day I joined. I joined the church basically because I was told that it was time. I believed in God but I wasn't trusted to make this choice on my own. No one can be forced to accept any teaching but can be persuaded to believe and follow it. By the time I was 22, I was able to make this confession! An honest confession is indeed good for the soul.
We have a certain void in our lives that can only be filled by God. Spiritually concerned people know this and will seek moral or spiritual guidance. I have accepted Jesus Christ as the source of salvation for me. I have discovered my inability to live righteously practically all the time shows that I needed a savior. The basic inability for us to respond to God in obedience proves this to all. Jesus responded to or obeyed God completely even as he went to the cross at Calvary for our sake. Romans 10: 9 - 10 states: That if thou would confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and hath believed in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made.
My confession was made by telephone to a television ministry. I called the ministry and prayed this prayer of confession with the person on the other end. Keep in mind, I had already joined the church and believed in Jesus, I just had to make this confession to someone on my own accord. I no longer felt that I had something really important to do that bothered me until 'gave in'. My conscience is clear.
Now the void in life of those who have a decision still to make about whether or not to commit to Jesus is still there. You must make a choice. Either believe in Jesus as the source of salvation or take another path.
We are all born into this world separated from God. No relationship. We are not conscious of him. We are only familiar with what we see and 'know' by sight. We are selfish in nature. Not a bad thing considering that we need to be able to express when we are in need of food, warmth or companionship. If you need it, express it. In many ways it is good to maintain this skill of asking for what you want.
According to scripture we have no relationship with God because of the sin of disobedience of our fore parents Adam and Eve (Gen 3). They were told to not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or else they would die. God was the person from whom they were to get their information. Not from evil, personified as a snake. This brought about spiritual death and eventually physical death for us humans. Throughout the generations we have experienced a lack of relationship with him. Uppermost in our minds is what we have physically not necessarily what we have or don't have spiritually. We are considered lost. Sunday school lectures and church sermons point to our need for God. How to live for him; what to do as good people; why we need to come to him and what this means to us. We learn that God created us for relationship. We were redeemed or bought back from satanic authority by Jesus' death, burial and resurrection from the the dead. He now sits at his rightful place at God's right hand. Jesus now intercedes or stands in the gap for us as he talks with his Father on our behalf.
One day we will leave our physical bodies. Our souls are released to go back to God who gave them. In the future there will be a glorious resurrection for us who have accepted Christ's work on the cross and God's forgiveness of sin. Scriptures say: God commended his love toward us while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. The only way to restore broken fellowship of mankind to God is to get connected to him. That process was begun or commended by God himself. It is through Christ. When we accept him our broken fellowship is healed. From now throughout eternity (Paradise or Heaven) we are connected to God. This is the best advantage. Other advantages: God answers our prayers, forgives us and cleanse us from sin or unrighteousness.
If you want a relationship with God, pray and ask him for it. Father God, I come to you in the name of Jesus to ask you to forgive me of my sins. I confess that I am a sinner in need of your forgiveness. I believe you died on the cross for me and arose from the dead so that I can be saved. I want to receive everlasting life, Amen. That's it. Simply pray and ask God for it.
Congratulations, you have a friend that you can talk with about anything. You can petition or bring your needs before him anytime. Starting today, you can enjoy peace of mind. Always pray. Don't turn back from him but confess your needs. Love God by loving others. Forgive. Strive to have good relationships. This is God's way. If you confess your sins he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 paraphrase). This process is continual just like your relationship with him.
Enjoy your relationship as you grow in knowledge about him. Apply the truths you learn about him as you study the Bible in church and in private devotions. It is important that you connect with other believers in God through Jesus Christ. It's nice to have human companionship with like minded people on the journey with God. Remember life happens but you have a heavenly Father who cares about you and a family of mankind who does also. God is with us who are in him even to the end of the age. His Holy Spirit seals (keeps) us as his redeemed people throughout eternity.
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