Saving Grace

Jesus saves anyone who will accept the free gift of salvation, by placing their faith in Him. Hebrews 7:25 tells us, Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Or, as one old preacher said, “He saves to the uttermost and to the guttermost.”

That may sound crass, but it is true! Through Jesus Christ, God has made a way of salvation for every person, no matter your race, or what religion you were brought up in, or what you may have done in your life.

John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

That means no one has ever done anything so bad that it could make God stop loving them. I don’t care where they have been, how dark their past has been, or how burdened down their conscience is today with guilt for the things they have done—no one will be cast out if they come to Him.

The Bible says, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”11 We accept Jesus by faith. The Bible says, “God saved you by his special favour when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”12 Accepting Jesus means believing that Jesus is the Son of God, who he claimed to be, then inviting him to guide and direct our lives.13 Jesus said, “I came that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.”14 And here is Jesus’ invitation. He said, “I’m standing at the door and I’m knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.”15

The precise words you use to commit yourself to God are not important. He knows the intentions of your heart. If you are unsure of what to pray, this might help you put it into words:

“Jesus, I want to know you. I want you to come into my life. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sin so that I could be fully accepted by you. Only you can give me the power to change and become the person you created me to be. Thank you for forgiving me and giving me eternal life with God. I give my life to you. Please do with it as you wish. Amen.”

If you sincerely asked Jesus into your life just now, then he has come into your life as he promised. You have begun a personal relationship with God.

His blood has the power to wash anyone clean if they will come to God through Jesus. His sacrifice takes away the sin of the world, the burden of guilt, and the shame of sin. He can make anyone into a new person. Only the blood of Jesus can do that…only the blood of Jesus. Hallelujah!

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