What does it mean to accept Jesus as Saviour? Does mankind need a Saviour? How do you accept Jesus as Lord & Saviour?
To understand why we need Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and how to accept Him in your life, we must first understand what sin is; who Jesus Christ is and why Jesus had to die on the cross.
What is Sin?
Sin is any thought, decision or action that rebels or transgresses the law & principles of God.
The Bible tells us that man is sinful and unrighteous (Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23). All of mankind has a sin nature as a result of the sin of Adam which occurred in Genesis 3.
Romans 5:12 says “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned”.
The sin nature or flesh is the part of man that does not think with God nor can it please God. Every person is born with the sin nature in them.
The New Testament Greek word is sarx. Kenneth Wuest deﬁnes sarx as “the totally depraved nature as dominating the unsaved individual.”
The works or characteristics of the flesh or sin nature are found in Galatians 5:19-21.
The person who has never accepted Jesus as Saviour only has this sin nature inside him and also controlling how he lives. Therefore his internal motives, goals and lifestyle are governed by the flesh or sin nature.
The Wages of Sin
Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. This death that is spoken of in Romans 6:23 means eternal separation from God or hell.
Therefore if there is no intervention from a Saviour pertaining to sin or the sin nature in your life, the eventual result of living as an unsaved person is eternity in hell.
Sin or the sin nature also hinders us from having right fellowship with God.
Before a perfect, holy and just God our sins are likened as debts to God for which we cannot pay those debts (Matthew 6:12). Failure for those debts to be paid results in eternal punishment.
This is why we all need a Saviour – Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ & His Life, Death & Resurrection
John 1:1,14 tell us that Jesus is God who took human form to dwell among the people. Jesus came to earth to teach us and guide us. He also lived as an example for us. Most importantly, He lived a perfect, sinless life which qualified Him to pay for our sins which we cannot pay. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was His payment and sacrifice for the sins of the world (John 3:16).
Jesus Christ did not come to die for the righteous – because there are no righteous people (Romans 3:10).
Rather, Jesus came to die for sinners and pay the debt of sinners and in doing so He became our Saviour.
Luke 5:31-32 says, Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
How To Accept Jesus As Saviour
How do you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour? The Bible tells us that we accept Jesus Christ as Saviour through placing our faith or total trust in Him. There are over 50 verses that speak of salvation being through faith in Jesus Christ.
Accepting Jesus Christ as our Saviour requires us to believe that salvation is only by Christ alone (John 14:6) and that only Jesus Christ is the one who paid for our sins on the cross. Therefore eternal life and a relationship with God is possible only by accepting Jesus as Saviour through faith.
Salvation is a FREE gift. Accepting Jesus Christ is not based on your personal works or merit (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ.
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13 NKJV
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
John 1:12 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name
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We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.
PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”
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