"For 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." John 3:16
Want to know what this whole "accepting Christ" thing is all about? Already know what it means and actually want to accept Christ? If so, this article will help you out.
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...that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God"? (Romans 3:23)
This means that there is no human on earth who has not transgressed God's law at least once! All of us are under sin.
...that "the wages of sin is death"? (Romans 6:23)
Sin, no matter how large or small, requires eternal death as payment, because anything short of perfection is not worthy of God.
...that God "takes no pleasure in the death of anyone"? (Ezekiel 18:32)
We are God's creation, whom He loves very much. It was not His intent that we die, and it saddens Him when we perish. It is not what He wants!
...that "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us"? (Romans 5:8)
What it's saying here is that Christ, being fully God and fully human (I Timothy 3:16), loved you so much that He came and died in your place, taking sin's punishment for you.
..."that 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"? (Romans 10:9)
You see, God loves us and wants us to be with Him in heaven so much that He made it as easy as possible for us to do just that. He could have required us to perform some type of ritual, to do some certain good work, to do a certain amount of good works, or something, in order for us to attain this salvation from hell. But He loved us so much that He made it so that all you have to do to receive Christ into your heart and be saved from hell is to simply believe and accept the fact that the Lord Jesus took the blow for you. That's all. Just accept that fact and take it to heart.
The Almighty God came to earth to be rejected, scorned, mocked, tortured, and ultimately crucified... all so you wouldn't have to take the penalty for your own sin!
If you acknowledge the stated things above and are ready to accept Jesus Christ and have a personal relationship with Him, then there are some things that you need to accept and also let God know.
That Jesus is Lord (Jude 1:4)
That Jesus died for your sins (I Peter 3:18)
That Jesus rose from the dead (Romans 10:9)
And you need to tell God that you are:
A sinner and are sorry for your sins
You believe in His Word
That you need His sacrifice and want to receive it
Tell these things to God in prayer. It doesn't have to be formal. Just speak to God as a friend, but do so in respect. Say it in your own words. "Approach the throne of grace with confidence" (Hebrews 4:16).
If you prayed these things sincerely, then I can assure you,
A). You have been saved from the penalty of your sins
B). You are sealed by the Holy Spirit, meaning you will never have to worry about going to hell again.
C). Jesus Christ is living within you and is going to be with you to comfort you and help you every day of your life for all eternity.
Congratulations! You are saved! Now is the time to turn from your old way of life and start serving God who made such a great sacrifice for us, for "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (II Corinthians 5:17) Find some other Christian friends that will be able to help you and encourage you on your new walk with Christ.
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Love in the blood of Christ,