How to Accept Jesus Christ and Become Saved?

Are you considering making the leap of faith and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, but do not fully understand how to accept Jesus Christ and become saved (also referred to as salvation)? You are not alone! Many wonder if there is a process in becoming a Christian. In this post, I will explain the “process” of accepting Jesus into your heart and life and assure you that you are making the best decision of your life.
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What is Salvation?

Being "saved," otherwise known as salvation, is simple enough for everyone to understand, but deep enough to entail a lifetime of study. 

Salvation is defined as deliverance from danger or suffering. 

Every religion has salvation, the difference is what are we being saved from and what are we being compelled to do. 

For Christians, salvation is the deliverance, by the grace of God, from eternal punishment for sin which is granted to those who accept by faith God’s conditions of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus. 

In other words, our works are not a requirement for us to attain salvation, but they do serve as evidence of salvation (1 John 2:19; Galatians 5:22-26). 

What Salvation is NOT.

Salvation or being saved, does not mean that we are expected to be perfect, but it does require that our desire is to love God, obey God, and get closer to God. 
  • Salvation is not gained by obeying the law (Romans 3:20) or a set of stringent rules/traditions.
  • Salvation is not gained through a specific prayer or oath.
  • Salvation is not universal (John 14:6).
  • Salvation is not based on our works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • Salvation is the gracious underserved gift of God.

How to Accept Jesus Christ and Become Saved (salvation)?

1. Listen (Hear)

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15 

No man can be saved if he does not hear the Gospel. 

What about people who have never heard the Gospel?

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

It is imperative that people not only hear about the problem (sin) but the remedy as well (Salvation). 
Ignorance is not an excuse. People are going to be lost because of sin and only the blood of Christ can wash away sin. However, God is a God of mercy and grace and everyone will be given the opportunity to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

2. Believe

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16 

· A man must believe that which he has heard. 

· The word “believe” in the Bible means more than simply agreeing in our minds that something might be true. It means “trust”—that we believe so strongly in God that we are willing to commit our lives to Him and live the way we know He wants us to live. 
  • Example: Suppose you were walking along a path and you came to a bridge that crossed a deep canyon. You might look at it and believe that it would hold you, and you might even see other people walking across it so you know it would hold your weight. But so far, your “belief” in the bridge is only in your head. When do you really believe the bridge will hold you? You only really believe it when you are willing to commit and walk across it.

What do Christians believe?

  •  Jesus is the Christ the Son of God (John 8:24) – Deity of Christ
  •  Jesus is God in the flesh, God in human form (John 1:1,14)
  •  Jesus is our one and only savior [Death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ] (Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5) 
  •  Jesus came to Earth to teach us, heal us, correct us, forgive us, and die for us
  •  Jesus’ death was an infinite payment for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  •  Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins (Romans 5:8)
  •  Jesus paid the price so that we would not have to (John 3:16)
  •  Jesus’ resurrection from the dead proved that His death was sufficient to pay the penalty for our sins (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
· The Body of Christ (2 Timothy 2:10)
  • Kingdom of God – The one church of the Bible.
  • There is only one church and one body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

3. Repent

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38 

What is repentance?

 A sincere willingness to radically change our behavior (Matthew 3:2, 4:17; Mark 6:12; Luke 13:3-5) 

  • A change of mind, a change of thinking (Matthew 21:28-29).
  • Godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10).
  • A change of life [fruit of repentance].
  • If you have repented mentally and spiritually, then you should see it in our lives.
A change of mind, produced by Godly sorrow, resulting in a change of life. A change of mind, that leads to a change of heart, that leads to a change in actions (turning from sin to God). 

We cannot repent unless we are aware that we are sinners (Romans 3:23), who cannot conquer our flesh alone (Romans 3:10), and that we need Jesus to save and guide us (Romans 10:13). 


4. Confess 

9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10 

What does it mean to confess?

Confession is an acknowledgment or statement of belief. Not a confession of our sins, a confession of what we believe (Matthew 10:32-33), that Jesus is our Lord, and has power and authority over us. 
  • Fundamentally confessing that Jesus “has power and authority” over us and that we are willing to submit to them.
  • To confess Christ as Lord is not a pledge that one will always be perfectly submitted to Christ. But it is a pledge of commitment that one will seek to cultivate a life of submission to Christ.
Those who confess “Jesus is Lord “as a magical formula to invoke a supposed legal transaction in heaven without submitting their lives to Christ are disingenuous. 
  • Both the external action of confession and the internal belief is important for the true believer. In other words, a person can confess Jesus is Lord and not genuinely believe in his or her heart; but if a person both confesses publicly and believes inwardly, it shows that person is truly saved.

5. Baptism 

What is does it mean to be baptized?

Christian baptism is how a person makes a public profession of faith and discipleship. In the waters of baptism, a person says, wordlessly, “I confess faith in Christ; Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and I now have a new life of sanctification. 

· Baptism washes away sins. 

· Baptism is how a person makes a public profession of faith and discipleship. In the waters of baptism, a person says, wordlessly, “I confess faith in Christ; Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and I now have a new life of sanctification. 
  • Christian baptism illustrates, in dramatic style, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. At the same time, it also illustrates our death to sin and new life in Christ.
  • Baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in a believer’s life. Christian baptism is an act of obedience to the Lord after salvation; although baptism is strongly associated with salvation, it is not a requirement to be saved.

It is my sincere hope that this post, The Secrets to True Salvation, Revealed explained the process of accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

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