This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #361 titled, “So You Say You Are a Christian.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
How long have you been a Christian?
You may say, “I try to keep the Ten Commandments and do the best I can.” Some people say, “I became a Christian when I got baptized.” Others say, “I was born into a Christian family.”
How does someone become a Christian?
If someone could become a Christian by being born into a Christian family, by keeping the Ten Commandments, or by being baptized, we need to ask ourselves a very important question: Why did Jesus have to come to earth and die on the cross? My friend, the Bible has the answer!
God’s Holy Word, the Bible, says in Galatians 2:21, “…if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Jesus had to suffer and die on the cross, because none of these things can make us Christians. The Bible states in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” A work is something man can do. Being baptized is a work. God said salvation is not of works, so being baptized cannot make anyone a Christian.
Eli, the high priest, had sons that God called the sons of Belial or the sons of the devil. Adam and Eve admitted they were sinners and placed their faith in God. They had two sons born into their family, Cain and Abel. Cain was rejected by God because he disobeyed God. This shows us that just being born into a family that believes in God is not enough.
The Bible also says in Galatians 3:11, “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God…”, so we can see that no one can become a Christian by keeping the Ten Commandments.
We know that no one has ever been born a Christian through a physical birth, because Jesus said in John 3:3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Our response should be like the Philippian jailer, “What must I do to be saved?”
Jesus said in Mark 1:15, “…repent ye, and believe the gospel.” The Gospel can be explained like this: Because we are all children of Adam, we are all sinners. Romans 5:12 says, “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Whether we like it or not, we are separated from a holy God because of our sin.
In Romans 5:8 God says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins. He died and shed His Blood in our place. God says if we will admit that we are sinners, believe that Jesus paid for our sins with His own Blood, and receive Him by faith, He will give us eternal life. Romans 10:9-10 states, “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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Will you agree with God that you need to be saved and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour right now? If you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at [email protected] and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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