How to be saved today.
If you lose your surf board on the waves of life, who will save you from drowning?
God in Eternity
"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."
The baby Jesus
And Jesus left the glory of heaven, came down to earth and was born of the Virgin Mary, without a man being involved.
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."
Because we are not under the law of Moses, Christians, gay and non-gay, are called to liberty in Christ.
Moses and the Ten Commandments.
The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death. What our fleshly works trying to keep God's 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 is not about law keeping. Getting saved is all about righteousness. We only have two options.
We can trust our own righteousness
OR we can trust
the righteousness of Christ
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 forgives ALL your sins, calms the troubled waters of your life and brings peace to your heart. That is how to be saved.
God makes it clear in Galatians 3 that we are not required to keep the law of Moses to get saved, to stay saved or to be in right relationship with Jesus Christ. How to be saved.
Jesus died on the Cross
to pay for our sins.
People in ancient Galatia got bogged down with keeping the law.
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. Faith, not law, is 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 believers in the province of Galatia 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 about 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. He 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 and law keeping is not 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. For Abraham, keeping the law was not 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.” - Galatians 3:7
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. If they followed the Holy Spirit, He would show them that grace alone is 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 was a Babylonian pagan,
an unbelieving Gentile who
became the first believing Jew
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 be saved by trusting God.
“Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Galatians 3:6
Are you willing to believe God
and receive His free gift?
When you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, it's as if God stamps your sin debt, “Paid In Full.” Your sins are all forgiven and fellowship is restored between you and God and that is how to be saved.
Trying to keep the law to make yourself pleasing to God, is futile, nothing but wasted effort.
Jesus fully paid for our sins.
Your attempts to keep the Law can never pay for your sins. Paul is unmistakably clear about law keeping in Galatians 3. 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. Law keeping is not 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.You CANNOT earn salvation. It is a FREE gift.
“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
Is there anything
unclear about that?
Do you really think you can keep all 613 of God commandments in the Old Testament Law?
Torah scroll containing the Law.
Scripture says, If you’re going to rely on the law, you have to keep all things which are written in the book of the law. That includes the dietary restrictions, the clothing restrictions, the blood sacrifices, the rules, regulations, statutes, judgments, commandments, everything. But since that is not how to be saved, law keeping is a waste of time for you and me. Jesus kept the law for us during His sinless life on earth and that's why we don't need to keep the law.
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 taketh away the sin of the world," He shed His blood to pay for our sins and that is 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 on the basis of legalism or keeping the law or religious good works. Justification is only by faith, never by works.
“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. Law keeping is not how to be saved.
“The law is not of faith.”
Law keeping is the opposite of faith. God will not accept your law-keeping and God will not accept my law-keeping. Getting saved is always by faith alone - God's way or the highway.
How To Be Saved - Paul’s bombshell
in Galatians 3:12
If you read the Law until you wear out the scroll, you will still fall short of keeping all of God’s Law.
Leipzig Torah Scroll.
Right in the middle of his argument that no believer has to keep the law of Moses, Paul quotes Leviticus 18:5, the chapter so frequently quoted to condemn gays and lesbians. Christians who reject homosexuals, love to quote Leviticus 18:22 to us.
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. It's weird because that is not 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 and the rest of the Holiness Code 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:” - Galatians 3:13
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.
Jesus loves you with an everlasting love and wants to save you and walk through all of life’s trials with you.
You know that God accepted Jesus’ payment for your sins.
Jesus Loves You!
How do you know? Because God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus is alive and well, in heaven. He is no longer in the grave.
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.
Getting saved is as simple
as receiving a free gift.
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 forever family.
Trust Jesus Christ. Ask Him to forgive your sins and save you today - right now.
“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
Please Pray This Prayer
Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sins and I need forgiveness.
I believe that Jesus shed His blood on the cross to pay for my sins.
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 and for saving 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.
You are beginning a great new adventure with God. Your guidebook is the Bible.
Rejoicing at sunset.
Your friend and companion is the Holy Spirit. Remember, when you trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, it's 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. Let the adventure begin.
Your sins are paid in full.
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