The first 9 steps below spell out, in general terms with Biblical references, the bad news that must be grasped first before the good news (steps 10-15) can even lead to or have any effect whatsoever on a person’s life here on earth or in eternity.
Here is the “Gospel” according to Scripture and not according to some smiling purpose-driven false preacher on television:
(If taken honestly, with sincerity, and in humility)
STEP ONE: Know that God exists and that he is a rewarder of all who diligently seek Him - it all starts with the acceptance that the God spoken of in the Bible truly exists
STEP TWO: Fear of God (of the Bible) is the beginning of wisdom - some try to define this “fear” as “reverence” which is terribly wrong - it is the terrifying fear that is equated with dread (phobo) that Jesus spoke of when he said “fear Him who which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”. Its quite obvious Jesus wasn’t saying to “reverence” (timao) the one who has this power but have a genuine fear just as the plain reading of the passage indicates.
STEP THREE: Recognise the sad fact that no one seeks the Lord nor is anyone “righteous” - not you, not me, not anyone.
STEP FOUR: Admission that, like everyone else, you have “missed the mark” which is defined as sin moreover we are all in outright rebellion toward the God of The Bible in that we have gone our own way.
STEP FIVE: Know that this “sin” has separated us from the One true God - He is perfect - we are not - sinful men and women do not spend eternity in a sinless environment i.e. the presence of God in heaven.
STEP SIX: Understand that if we die in this separated state - it is permanent for all eternity
STEP SEVEN: Accept that eternal separation from God means the absence of all things even remotely good: comfort, peace, laughter, companionship, satisfaction - all are gone for all eternity as they came from God Almighty and remain with Him while you will remain apart from Him.
STEP EIGHT: Recognise that we are slaves to this sin which separates us and we can’t stop sinning even if we wanted to - this is a hard thing to recognise as we seem to think, in our deceived state, that we can just “try harder” and eventually live a God-fearing righteous life. This is a delusion.
STEP NINE: Admission that because of your enslaved sin-separated condition, like everyone else, you need a Saviour - who is none other than God Himself
STEP TEN: Know that God provided a Saviour, His only begotten Son Jesus (of the Bible) who is none other than God Almighty incarnate in the person of the Son who died on the Cross to pay for your sins and mine for all eternity so we can spend eternity with Him and not separated from Him
STEP ELEVEN: Confess your sin and helpless sin condition which keeps you at enmity with God.
STEP TWELVE: Cry out to the God of Bible for mercy and forgiveness - its no use deluding yourself that you are “giving your life” to Him. You have no life nor did I we were dead in our trespasses.
STEP THIRTEEN: Accept that Jesus was raised from the dead by the power of God and has victory over both sin and death in His own life (He never sinned, death couldn’t hold Him) and in your life (He can give you a new heart with an inclination toward goodness, kindness, love, joy, peace, patience and an inclination away from sin.
STEP FOURTEEN: Repent of your sinful past - turn away - changing of your mind toward God and away from those things which are contrary to His word.
STEP FIFTEEN: Know that because you cried out to Him in faith - as you really are in truth - dead in trespasses to Him in truth as He really is - The One True saving God of the Bible - that He will respond to your cry as He said He would and he will save you out his mercy (undeserved forgiveness) and grace (unmerited favour)
STEP SIXTEEN: Walk in the newness of life given to you by Jesus - growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit: Peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, forgiveness.
(What God’s Word Says About You, His Son, and Eternal Life)
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
Romans 3:10-11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Philippians 3:18-20 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even
John 8:34-36 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the
1 Timothy 1:15-17 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes
How we know we have come to a saving faith is based on what fruit begins to be demonstrated in the life of a believer. This doesn’t mean we’re perfect overnight but it does mean that our desires change as if by some miraculous conversion. We no longer desire to live a life devoid of God but we seek to do what is right. We desire the pure milk of the Word of God. We want to be around others that also love the word of God. We want to share Jesus with others. We lose desires to run with the devils that were our supposed friends. Again, it won’t be perfection overnight but as we:
Walk according to our new heart for reading and obeying God’s Word while denying ourselves, crucifying the flesh in its evil desires, taking up our cross and following Jesus - walking in the Spirit, being led by the Word of God: the Bible and living to please Jesus and not to please self…we will begin to see growth and maturity. We will desire the salvation of others and will seek to share with them what we’ve received from the Lord.
James says that faith without works is death, show me your faith, I’ll show you my faith by my works. Its quite clear that a genuine conversion to Jesus, someone who has come to a believing saving faith in God Almighty through the finished work of Jesus will begin to exhibit a life of repentance (not just a one-time act). This person will want to be baptised to declare to the whole world that the old man has gone down in a watery tomb and the new man has arisen to new life in Christ. This will be a “new” natural outgrowth of a born again believer.
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