5 Steps To Eternal Life
A Simple Overview Of Christ's Salvation
The following material includes principles and illustrations taken from the tract, "The Four Spiritual Laws". The information was modified for use on this website.
This overview represents God's minimum requirements to obtain the free gift of eternal life. Yet, receiving eternal life is just the first step we take. As you continue your spiritual journey you will discover that God's salvation includes many other blessings. Receiving Jesus Christ and eternal life is the first step into God's "Great Adventure".
1. God LOVES you and offers a PLAN of hope and purpose for your life.
(References on this page are from the Bible and should be read in context wherever possible.)
God's Love"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 NIV).
God's Plan[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" [that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).
Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life? Because...
2. Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life.
Man Is Sinful"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Man Is Separated"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).
This diagram illustrates that God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows illustrate that man is continually trying to reach God and eternal life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, religion/religious activity or church affiliation - but he always - and will eternally fail. If God could be reached through those things - Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross was for nothing.
The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf...
3. Jesus Christ is God's ONLY provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and experience God's salvation and plan for your life.
He Died in Our Place"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
He Rose From the Dead"Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
He Is the Only Way to God"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me'" (John 14:6).
This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
4. We must believe that Jesus Christ is God in a physical body. All mankind is under sin and disqualified from providing their own salvation. Only the "God-man", Jesus Christ could pay the price for man's redemption.
Important Note: Saint Paul taught that believing and confessing Jesus Christ as Lord is necessary for true salvation (Romans 10:9-10). Most modern day evangelism assumes that their audience knows what the word "Lord" means. Our english word "Lord" comes from the Greek root word "kurios" which means Lord--God--Master. By believing and confessing Jesus Christ as Lord it is understood that you believe He is also God.
Saint Paul declares Jesus Christ as God:"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2:13-14)
The Apostle John declares Jesus Christ as God:"In the beginning was the Word...and the Word was God...and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:1-14)
(Jesus' words) "And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." (John 8:23-24)
"And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life." (I Jn 5:20)
Saint Thomas declares Jesus Christ as God after His resurrection:"Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." (John 20:27-29 KJV)
It is not enough just to know these four laws...
5. We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Lord and Redeemer; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.
We Must Receive Christ"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12)
We Receive Christ Through Faith"By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth (Read John 3:1-8.)
We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20).
Receiving Christ is accepting God's solution for our sin and turning away from life on our own terms (repentance). It is trusting Jesus to eternally remove our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. It is believing that God raised (resurrected) Jesus from the dead as the Scriptures teach. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith. Real Biblical faith is evidenced by a corresponding action. These initial actions are evidenced through our decision to turn from the way of "self" to God's way by praying to receive Jesus Christ.
These two circles represent two kinds of lives:
Which circle best describes your life?
Which circle would you like to have represent your life?
The following explains how you can receive Christ:
You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer (Prayer is talking to God). God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I believe that God the Father raised you from the dead. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Lord and Redeemer. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be and conform me into your image."Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?
If it does, pray this prayer right now, and Jesus Christ will come into your life, as He promised.