Saturday, March 19, 2011

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How to Receive Forgiveness And Eternal Life

I John 3: 8-4
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:10-11 NKJV)

Jesus Christ gave the following order to the Apostle Paul. Notice the following words:

"open ... eyes", "turn ... from ... to",and "receive ... by faith in Me".

" ...I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me." (Acts 26:17b-18 NKJV)

1. Realize that, without Christ, we are ALL sinners and separated from God:

"…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 NKJV)

"...the wages of sin is death... (Romans 6:23a NKJV)

2. Recognize God's provision:

"...the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23b NKJV)

"...God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NIV)

"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." (Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV)

3. Repent, turning from sin to God, and ask Him to save you:

"...everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God." (1 John 5:4-5 NIV)

"...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… Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9,13 NIV)

4. Receive God's gift of forgiveness and life, and rejoice in His love and peace:

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1 NIV)

" all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:37-39 NKJV)

Ginger Rahn


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