How to be saved today.
If you lose your surf board on the waves of life, who will save you from drowning?
A long time ago, in a land far away,
"I will go to earth and be born as a human baby, so that I can personally show people the way to God.
I will live a normal life, as a child, as a teenager, as an adult, and never commit even one sin.
I will always obey God my Father and keep His law.
I will freely and willingly, offer my life, my blood, to pay for the sins of the whole world. All this, I will do because I love the human race."
Getting saved means that you repent, change your mind and view your sins as God views them, and trust Jesus Christ instead of trusting your own goodness or your own righteousness.
Getting saved means you understand that:
So, the Bible says:
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
“Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
What fleshly works of the law could not do for us, Christ did for us by dying in our place on the Cross.
Jesus, the sinless Son of God died for sinners, paying in full, the penalty for sin which God demanded. How to be saved.
Getting saved is all about righteousness.
We only have two options.
Trusting our own righteousness, our own good works, our own ability to keep the law, can never save us because “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.”
Only when we trust the righteousness of Christ, can we know for sure we are saved because Christ “is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.” How to be saved.
When you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, He calms the troubled waters of your life and brings peace to your heart. How to be saved.
In Galatians 3:1, Paul describes the believers of Galatia, who insisted on keeping the Law, as “foolish, bewitched, disobedient to the truth.”
Paul then explains why Christians are not obligated to keep the law of Moses.
“Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Galatians 3:2
Paul is asking saved people who got side-tracked by legalism if they received the Holy Spirit by faith or by keeping the law. The obvious answer is faith, not law. How to be saved.
“Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:3
Because the Galatian believers were attempting to please God by keeping the law of Moses, Paul calls them foolish. They may have been utterly sincere but they were utterly wrong. How to be saved.
Paul encourages them to continue their Christian life by faith in Christ, not by works of the law.
“He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Galatians 3:5
Paul reminds the Galatians that he preached to them by the power of the Spirit, not by the works of the law.
Paul reasons that they got saved by the power of the Spirit, not by the works of the law. Therefore, they should continue in the Spirit instead of reverting to legalism. He appeals to their common sense, to recognize that keeping the law is not God’s plan of salvation. How to be saved.
Abraham accepted God's grace as a free gift. He did absolutely nothing to "earn" God's grace.
All Jews viewed themselves as children of Abraham. Paul plays off this physical reality by reminding them that “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Galatians 3:6.
Abraham’s relationship with God did not depend on keeping the law. The law of Moses did not show up until 430 years after Abraham. And Moses pointed out to the children of Israel that the covenant of the law was not made with their fathers, meaning Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. How to be saved.
“The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.” Deuteronomy 5:3
The covenant of the law was made with living people. It did not apply to folks who were already dead and gone.
“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.”
Paul speaks of spiritual children, not the biological descendants of Abraham. A believing Jew could be a biological descendant of Abraham and still be wrongly focused on legalism. Many of the Galatian believers were in that situation, trusting the works of the law instead of walking in the Spirit. How to be saved.
“And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.” Galatians 3:8
Abraham’s salvation by grace through faith, without the works of the law, is God’s example for all of us today.
Paul, a man who lived AFTER the law had been abolished, points us to Abraham, a man who lived BEFORE the law was given, as our example of how to trust God. How to be saved.
“Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Galatians 3:6
When you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, its as if God stamps your sin debt, “Paid In Full.” Your sins are all forgiven and fellowship is restored between you and God. How to be saved.
God does not require us to keep the law of Moses. God is an absolutist. If you attempt to keep one or two parts of the law, you obligate yourself to keep all of the law and you cannot live a good enough life to do that. How to be saved.
“So then they which are of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” Galatians 3:9
God’s way of salvation, from New Testament times onward is grace, not legalism and not keeping the law of Moses.
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse:” Galatians 3:10
Anyone who attempts to gain favor with God by keeping the law is under the curse. Keeping just one or two points of the law is not enough, in God’s eyes.
If you insist on keeping the law, God requires you to keep all of it. Believers in Galatia had forgotten this so Paul reminds them by quoting Deuteronomy 27:26.
For “it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” Galatians 3:10
That includes the dietary restrictions, the clothing restrictions, the blood sacrifices, the rules, regulations, statutes, judgements, commandments, everything. How to be saved.
Halfway measures are not enough. Applying some parts of the law to other Christians when you refuse to keep the law, will not work. Anyone who keeps part of the law will fail in the attempt to please God because God expects you to keep the entire law.
That's what makes grace so wonderful! Jesus Christ kept the law perfectly, on our behalf because we could not keep it. He was our Substitute.
He kept every part of the law, never sinning, never making a mistake. Then, as the perfect, sinless sacrifice, "the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world," He shed His blood to pay for our sins. How to be saved.
Did you ever wonder how we can be sure that Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins was acceptable to God? The way we know that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins is that God raised Jesus from the dead. That proves God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus’ sinless blood as the payment for our sins.
“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11
No one can keep the law well enough to please God because God, flat out refuses to accept our human works. Keeping the law to earn God’s favor will never satisfy God.
If you want to know you are saved, you have to get saved God’s way. Keeping the law is not God’s way of salvation.
As far as God is concerned, He absolutely refuses to justify you based on legalism or keeping the law. Justification is only by faith.
“And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live by them.” Galatians 3:12
Now we get down to where the rubber meets the road. The law is not of faith. If you think you can please God by keeping the law, think again. How to be saved.
Law keeping is the opposite of faith. God will not accept your law-keeping and God will not accept my law-keeping.
Christians who reject homosexuals, love to quote Leviticus 18:22.
They wrongly, insist that Leviticus 18:22 is a universal condemnation of homosexuality in every age, before, during and after the law.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God. God, in His wisdom, knew that Pharisees and legalists would one day insist some Christians must try to keep the law of Moses, even though they themselves refuse to keep Moses’ law. How to be saved.
So God caused Paul to make his brilliant argument in Galatians 3, against legalism. To make sure no one would think that some Christians must keep part of the law, God has Paul quote Leviticus 18:5, from the same chapter of the Holiness Code that Pharisees and legalists use as a proof text against gay and lesbian Christians.
Galatians 3:12 is God’s way of reminding us that the most important verse in the eighteenth chapter of Leviticus is verse 5, not verse 22.
Paul did not quote Leviticus 18:5 by accident. Paul was intimately acquainted with the eighteenth chapter of Leviticus. Pharisees like Paul could quote Leviticus 18 by heart.
If God or Paul intended us to understand that the only part of the law we still must keep is Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, God and Paul would have said so in Galatians 3. But neither God nor Paul said any such thing.
Galatians 3 is abundantly clear. No believer in the age of grace has to keep any part of the law to get saved, to stay saved or to be right with God.
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”
Believers in Jesus Christ are redeemed from the curse of the law. Jesus, dying on the cross, took the curse of the law in our place, “being made a curse for us.”
Think about that for a moment. The Creator of the Universe took your place, died on the Cross and has already paid for all your sins.
Because Jesus took your place on the Cross and paid for your sins, If you will receive Jesus as your Savior, you no longer have to pay for your sins.
Because Jesus took the curse of the law in your place, you don’t have to try to keep the law to get saved, to stay saved or to be right with God.
Because the blood of Jesus Christ has already paid for your sins, you don’t have to pay for your sins by keeping the law.
Will YOU accept
Jesus’ payment for your sins?
Jesus loves you with an everlasting love and wants to walk through all of life’s difficulties with you.
The Resurrection of Jesus proves that His payment for your sins was acceptable to God.
Now, if you want to get saved, all you have to do is receive the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
If you are tired of sin, if you’ve always thought there must be something more to life but you didn’t know how to find it, God’s gift of eternal life in Jesus is for you.
God loves you with an everlasting love and wants to forgive your sins and adopt you into His family.
Trust Jesus Christ. Ask Him to forgive your sins and save you today.
“What must I do to be saved? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
I believe that you raised Jesus from the dead to prove that you accepted His payment for my sins.
I open the door of my heart and receive You as my Savior. Lord Jesus, please help me live for you all the days of my life.
Thank you Jesus, for your loving grace which has saved me from my sins.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Your new life in Christ will not be problem free. Problems are a normal part of life. But your new life in Christ will bring peace in your heart and a settled assurance that God is your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Remember, when you trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, its as if God stamped your sin debt, “Paid In Full.” Your sins are all forgiven and fellowship is restored between you and God.
You are free to live a new life in the power of Christ.
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