Just Four Steps
There are just four steps. Here they are…
1. Recognize That You Are A Sinner
You would not want to be saved unless you were lost. Nor would you plead to be rescued unless you were drowning. You would not call a doctor if you were not sick. You will not turn to a Saviour until you recognize that you are a sinner.
Whether or not you feel yourself to be a sinner does not matter. God says that you are and that settles it. This is His Word: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).
An apple tree is not an apple tree because it bears apples; it bears apples because it is an apple tree. You are not a sinner because you sin: you sin because you are a sinner.
Are you ready now to recognize that you are a sinner?
2. Admit That: You Cannot Save Yourself
You cannot save yourself by becoming religious and attending services, by being baptized or confirmed, by joining the church and partaking of the communion, or by giving your money to missions.
You cannot be saved by doing good, doing works of merit, living a moral, upright life, or doing the best you can. No, nor by keeping the commandments and obeying the Golden Rule.
As a matter-of-fact, you cannot be your own Saviour at all. It is impossible for you to save yourself. This you must realize, for not until you give up all hope of self-salvation can you be saved. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done” (Titus 3:5). Will you then admit that you cannot save yourself?
3. Believe That Jesus Christ Bore Your Sins On The Cross
Jesus paid it all. He settled the debt. He took your place and died in your stead. He suffered your death. This is what God says about it: “The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). “He hath made Him to be sin for us” (II Corinthians 5:21).
Between you and God was a great barrier of sin. This barrier Jesus took away. Now that the barrier is gone, God can deal with you in grace. He can offer you salvation as a gift. You can be saved. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20), is God’s pronouncement. Your sin deserved eternal death but Jesus died to save you. He came to rescue you from Hell. He took your place. He died that you might live. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Do you then believe that Jesus bore your sins in His own body on the tree?
4. Receive Jesus Christ as Your Own Personal Saviour
You must receive Him “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God” (John 1: 12).
You must come to Him. “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).
You must open the door of your heart to Him. “If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in” (Rev. 3:20).
In the year 1829 two men - Wilson and Porter by name - were sentenced to be hanged for robbing the United States mails. Porter was executed, but Wilson was pardoned. However, he refused his pardon and Chief Justice John Marshall of the Supreme Court handed down this decision.
“A pardon is an act of grace, proceeding from the power entrusted with the execution of the laws, which exempts the individual on whom it is bestowed from the punishment the law inflicts for a crime he has committed.”
“A pardon is a deed, to the validity of which delivery is essential, and delivery is not complete without acceptance. It may then be rejected by the person to whom it is tendered; and if it is rejected, we have discovered no power in a Court to force it upon him.”
My friend, God offers you a pardon. You may accept it or you may reject it, for you are a free agent. It is for you to decide. But never will you be saved until you take the fourth step and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.
Why don’t you get down on your knees right now, bow your head and offer this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to Thee as a sinner. I here and now repent of all my sins. I know that I cannot save myself, but I believe that Thou didst bear my sins in Thine own body on the tree, and I now open my heart and receive Thee as my personal Saviour, and I thank Thee for saving me. Amen!” Will you do it? Do it - NOW! JUST FOUR STEPS
Oswald J. Smith, Litt.D.