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WHAT IS A Christian?
Christians were first called Christians at Antioch. Acts 11:26. A Christian is one that follows the life of Jesus Christ. He is a Born Again person saved by the blood of Jesus Christ alone.
HOW DOES ONE BECOME A Christian?
Jesus Christ tells us that one must be Born Again. John 3:3. See our first birth is if the nature of Adam, a sinner that disobeyed God and followed the devil by taking something God warned him about. Genesis 3 & 2. by Adam's fall, disobedient, we are now sinners. Romans 3:10,23. There has been only two perfect men in the world, Adam, but he failed.
Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, thus having no sin of birth. The Son of God by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ who knew no sin, died and arose from the dead that we might have life. Jesus Christ had God's blood in his body, Acts 20:28, sinless blood. That blood, when you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, as your payment for the sin debt, makes one a Christian.
Salvation is not what we (man) has done, but by what God, Jesus Christ, has done on the Calvary's cross. Isaiah 53, describes what Jesus Christ last days, that his sacrifice was pleasing to God, that we might enter into eternity. It is all upon the mercy and grace of God, through the finished work of Jesus Christ that man can be saved.Upon receiving Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your sealed by the Holy Spirit who then indwells inside you. Once saved always saved. Salvation is simple, Romans 10. the bible says, Jesus Christ is the only way for God's forgiveness. Religion is man-made which results come far too short for God's requirements. It is either turn or burn, for only Jesus Christ saves...
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In the bible there are two main classes of men, the believer and the unbeliever. Hell was originally for the Devil and His angels, but since sin came into man, by Adam, sorry that Adam had to open that door of Hell to man. Man is a sinner, Romans 3:10, 3:20, have you ever told a lie (white, small, etc)? A lie is a lie. Ever stolen a pencil, or anything. How about coveting something that was not yours? You have of course always put God first in your life, anytime and every time. See we have failed, the very first commandment (for those who are commandment followers) is to put God first, every time and anytime. Disobedience is not doing what you were told. Man is a sinner, he was born into sin by Adam, you may say that is not fair, fair or not it is so. If you were born with diabetes because it runs in your family, what ever you think you have a good chance of being a diabetic. We with sins, being born of Adam's race, your now qualify as a sinner. When you have realized that you are a transgressor, that now you stand condemned by God, a lost sinner is on the way to Hell. But he can change his destination, he does not have to go to Hell. Who may you ask?
God doesn't want to send you to Hell (II Peter 3:9) He wants you to repent, Jesus said, "...him that cometh to me I will no wise cast out" (Jn 6:37). God welcomes a repenting sinner.
First, you must realize you are unable to make yourself worthy of heaven. Salvation is not based upon your works, "Not by works of righteousness (doing good, trying to please God your way) which we have done, BUT according to his grace he saved us... (Titus 3:5) There are no other ways to be saved - ONE WAY
Next, repentance, you got to acknowledge that you're a sinner. You have lied, stole, covet, forgotten God, anything in disobedience. Repentance is a change in heart (heart condition), repentance makes you turn from your current condition to God's way. If your old enough to know you have made many mistakes, now realize turning to God who never makes a mistake, is the right way for you.
Belief is followed. Belief in what? "... that Christ died for our sins according to scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" (I Corinthians 15:3,4)
You have heard about news, from the television, a newspaper, do you know what bible word means "good tidings" or "good news"? Ever hear someone say I have good news? I Corinthians 15:3,4, just quoted is good news, Gospel means good news, Gospel of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection is good news for you!
Last you must receive someone. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. You will die, death is like taxes and it will be collected. There is a gift from God eternal life do you want it? Are you ready to receive it sinner? The gift of eternal life comes by Jesus Christ, without Jesus Christ there is no life. Jesus said in John 14, "I am the way, the truth and the life." Got to go God's way (by Jesus), there is no lies in God, there is no dishonesty and life doesn't begin at 40,50, no life begins with Jesus Christ, to finish verse 6 of John 14, we read, "no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." There is one way, one person to get to God, not a woman, a prophet, a sinful man, but Jesus Christ.
You must receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved," Romans 10:13. "But as many as received him (Jesus Christ), to them (believers) gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12)
1. God wants to save you. 2. Working your way to heaven is a lie you can not go about it your way. 3. You are a sinner. 4. Repentance. 5. Belief in the Gospel. 6. Asking Jesus Christ to save you (receiving Jesus Christ as your Saviour) 7. Get into a bible believing preaching church, read your bible daily, and grow as a Christian.