The Salvation of a Sinner
II Peter 3:9
By Missionary Jim Kilgore
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9.
During March of 2013, while witnessing in Harare, Zimbabwe, I approached a man in his early fifties about placing his faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. He proceeded to tell me of some heinous sins he had committed and did not think that he could go to Heaven. I thank God that while on a street crowded with hundreds of people, this man bowed his head and called upon Jesus Christ to save him.
This is not an isolated feeling among people I have tried to evangelize. Yes, I understand clearly the awfulness of sin and the devastation that sin brings. I further understand that God’s love for sinners is why Jesus came from Heaven to travel straight to Calvary’s cross to pay man’s sin debt.
But I also have heard so many people claim they could not get saved because their sins were too great and grievous.
Romans 5:20 encourages me concerning God’s Glorious Grace which says “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
Grace is the unmerited favor of God. Grace is God giving to you and that which we do not deserve, namely Heaven, the forgiveness of sins, justification which means in its strictest sense that God sees the Believer as though he had NEVER been a sinner in the first place.
Grace, of course, reminds me of Julia H. Johnston, the songwriter that penned the following words:
“Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, GRACE THAT EXCEEDS our sin and our guilt,
Yonder on Calvary’s mount out-poured, there was the blood of the Lamb was shed,
Grace, Grace, God’s Grace, Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, Grace, God’s Grace, Grace that is GREATER THAN ALL OUR SIN!”
God didn’t overlook your sins, lest He endorses them. He didn’t punish you, lest He destroys you. He instead found a way to punish the sin and preserve the sinner. Jesus took your punishment. This is why Jesus cried out on the Cross when the sins of the world were being placed on His sinless body. “And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).
What Must I Do To Go To Heaven?
In the book of Acts, Paul was asked THE most important question one person could ask of another. Acts 16:30: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul answered his question with the following words: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou SHALT be saved.”
To answer this question to make it so clear as to remove any question from your mind, I shall use the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to convict, as well as convince you of these Biblical truths.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:6
Jesus Has Already Provided For Your Salvation
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. – I Peter 2:24
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: – I Peter 3:18
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. – II Corinthians 5:21
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
By Faith Accept Jesus Christ Today
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. – Acts 16:31
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus – I Timothy 2:5
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. – Romans 10:9
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) – II Corinthians 6:2
Jesus has Done EVERYTHING for you to saved and go to Heaven, but He will not “Force You” to go to heaven. HE HAS LEFT THAT DECISION UP TO YOU.
THERE IS ONLY ONE THING YOU CAN DO NOW. You must Place your Faith in Jesus Christ as your ONLY Hope of Going to heaven. Romans 10:13.
EVERYONE Can Be Saved
Today, I remind all people that God is both Able and Willing to save Any and All that will come to Jesus.
Hebrews 2:9 reminds us that “Jesus tasted death for EVERY man.”
I Timothy 2:4: “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” Paul reminds each person of the gracious invitation of God that ANYONE and EVERYONE can be saved.
Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord SHALL be saved!”
Will You Sincerely Pray Right Now?
I know that I am a sinner and that I deserve to go to hell because of my sins. I Know That You Died on The Cross and Shed Your Blood to Pay for All My Sins.
I ACCEPT WHAT YOU DID FOR ME, AND RIGHT NOW I AM TRUSTING COMPLETELY IN YOU, AND ONLY YOU, JESUS, TO TAKE ME TO HEAVEN WHEN I DIE.
JESUS, YOU PROMISED that if I would call on You, that You would take me to Heaven. Jesus, I believe You. Right now, I accept Your Free Gift of Eternal Life.
Thank you for saving me from Hell and allowing me to Heaven when I die. Amen.
If you sincerely received God’s Free Gift of Eternal Life today, please send me a brief message so I may rejoice with you. I would also be willing to send you some discipleship lessons to help you in your new life in Jesus.