Steps To Salvation

 

^^ACCEPT = To regard as true: believe in ~ 


In reference to Christian living, salvation is the act of receiving the saving of your soul by the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins so that you no longer are in bondage to sin...


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^^WHAT DOES THE BLOOD OF JESUS DO FOR US


The Bible states that the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sins. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin." 1st John 1:7 


"For the son of man is come to see and to save the which is lost." St. Luke 19:10


^^WHAT IS YOUR PART IN RECEIVING SALVATION


FIRST, you must come to the realization that you are lost in sin and need to be saved.

 

Example: If you are taking a trip to a certain location, and you're supposed to be traveling on a specific highway and you discover that you are going in the wrong direction..you need to determine what steps need to be taken to correct your direction of travel....only the right road will bring you to your correct destination.


SECOND, you will find those who were present on the day of Pentecost when the spirit fell on the disciples asked Peter, "What must we do to be saved?" 


Paul said, "Believe ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved and as many as believed were saved." 


If you want salvation from sin, you are to confess your sins to God, in the name of Jesus, asking forgiveness of your past and present sins. You can accept God's forgiveness, by Faith, knowing that Jesus paid the price already and that it is a gift to you from God.

 

EXAMPLE: Just like if you owed a great amount of money and someone, you did not know, paid it for you in full....that's what Jesus did for you, He paid for your sins by dying on the cross so that you could be free from the debt of sin.


^^WHAT IS THE PRINCIPAL PART OF RECEIVING SALVATION


Without faith it is impossible to be saved. When you receive salvation you are to tell others of the wonderful gift you have received. 


The Bible says "with the heart one believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." 


“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto Salvation.” Romans 10:10


One example of this is stated in Hosea which says, "Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips." Hosea 14:2


^^DOES SALVATION GUARANTEE YOU A PLACE IN HEAVEN?


No! Getting into heaven is guaranteed only if you follow the rules the Lord has admonished you to follow and those rules are not hard to follow.


^^SALVATION: IS IT BY WORKS ONLY


No. There are lots of people following most of the rules but have not accepted Christ as Saviour. I asked a man once if he was saved. He said to me; "I mind my own business, and help others." I said to him, this is the way to live but to be saved you must ask God, in Jesus Christ’s name, to forgive you of your past sins, then keep living the right way after you are saved.


^^WHAT IF A PERSON DOESN'T BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD?

 

The first thing the Bible says is that you must believe that God is and that he is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him. And, if in truth you don't know for sure there is a God, he tells you that he proves his existence by prophecy: telling the future before it happens. 


FOR INSTANCE: "Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, thence will I bring you down." 


Obadiah 1:4 (We are currently doing this. We call them space stations)

 

Another prophecy says, "For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the Lord." Hosea 4:10


(We have multitudes of people committing whoredom everyday and babies are paying the price. We call this abortion) 


One more prophecy we can look at was written two thousand years ago. John made the following statement: "And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; the name of the star is called wormwood: and a third part of the water became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter." Revelation 8:10 


A few years ago our government stated that one third of our water was no longer fit to drink. Today as you travel, some of the most beautiful countryside in Oregon, you will see signs posted warning the public not to swim or drink the waters: because they are contaminated!

 

^^IF YOU ARE STILL UNSURE OF GOD'S EXISTENCE ~

 

"Come let us reason together saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land: but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it." Isaiah 1:18-20 


Here God tells those that do not believe that He is real, to come and reason with him, talk it over and prove him. Also, the way a person lives after becoming a Christian is just as important. These ways are simple: you are to live a quiet and peaceful life. Not to gossip, or break the laws of the land, unless in some way they break God's commands. 


God’s children are not to be drunkards, gamblers, thieves, jokers, given to anger, or dissemblers. In other words, live like Christ did. 


Read the story of his life in the gospels and imitate the way he lived.


^^HOW DO WE KNOW THAT HIS PLAN IS STILL FOR TODAY?

 

"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." St. John 3:16

 

The Lord has never changed his mind about salvation. He paid the ultimate price for salvation through Jesus, His only begotten son.

 

Many try to say that in today’s world things have changed and that doing what is right is no longer needed. God's desire has always been towards you. He wants you to live a life that is productive, fulfilling and blessed. 


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**GETTING BAPTIZED IN WATER ~


The American Heritage Dictionary-Second College Edition


^^BAPTIZED: Experience by which one is initiated, purified, given a new name. The actual steps, that is the physical part, of being Baptized in water are pretty simple.


^^FIRST, a person must be Born Again ~ 


"Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness." St. Matthew 3:15 

(in part) 


"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38 


^^SECONDLY: Jesus himself said that He is our example ~

 

He was Baptized of John at the river Jordan making an outward demonstration to the people; which was a part of the fulfillment of his calling, as ours is today.


"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." St. John 3:5 


^^THIRDLY, you must realize that Water Baptism is also a part of your calling to show forth works of a new and better lifestyle. 


By following Jesus' example of this outward demonstration of Water Baptism, you show that the old man and its works have been abandoned, making way for new works in Christ. 


^^BURY: "To put an end to; to abandon, To embed; sink:" - (The American Heritage Dictionary, #4 + 6) 


Once you understand the importance of Water Baptism, the next step is for you to contact a pastor, minister or the leader of your own church to receive counseling and spiritual instruction on Water Baptism.


"The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations." Psalms 33:11


"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4

 

Our belief is based upon Scripture and we find the Scriptures to show that total immersion in water to be the proper way of Baptism.


^^FINALLY ~ Many church leaders may also believe differently when it comes to the actual act of Water Baptism. 


"Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead." Colossians 2:12


^^JESUS WAS BAPTIZED IN WATER


"Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. *But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? *And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. *And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:" St. Matthew 3:13,15-16

 

^^PHILLIP BAPTIZED A EUNUCH IN WATER


"And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. *And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. *And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing" Acts 8:37-39 


^^JESUS IS THE SHARED NAME OF THE FATHER, SON AND THE HOLY GHOST


"Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: *Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: *For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." Acts 8:14-16 


^^ WHAT NAME SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED IN


I have spoken to some that say that unless you are Baptized, in water, in JESUS NAME ONLY, that your salvation is on shaky ground. 


The Word plainly states that all things must be done by him, and through his name. What name you should used to be baptized in is clearly a personal matter. However, if one is to follow the Word, we must examine the Titles of Baptism.

 

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" St. Matthew 28:19 


These had yet to experience the in-filling of the Holy Ghost. They were only baptized unto His name ~


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^^WATER BAPTISM SERVICE: WHAT NAME IS CORRECT


I have sometimes explained the proper way of Water Baptism as follows: My dad, my son and I are all three one in that we share the same name. If a person were to be baptized in our name they would use the name of Stewart. 


The words Father, Son and Holy Ghost are Titles - not names.

 

Therefore, to baptize a person properly one would want to know what name the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost share. Since there are so many divisions amongst people who claim to be Believers / Christians, I use the following in performing a Water Baptism.


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^^BAPTISMAL STEPS ~


I have been commanded by the Holy Scriptures to baptize you, as a "Believer" in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost.


Therefore, I baptize you in the name of Jesus who is also known as Yahshua the Messiah. 


"Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? *I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; *Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. *And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. *For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect." 1st Corinthians 1:13-17 


So as not to claim glory for baptizing anyone, Paul desired for all to baptized in the name of Jesus and not through the name of a fleshly man. 


In this way if a person is ever asked if they have been Baptized in the Name of the "Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost", they can say, "Yes." 


If they are asked if they have been Baptized in the name of "Jesus" they can say, "Yes." 


If they are asked if they have been Baptized in the name of "Yahshua” they can say, "Yes." 


In this manner, I try to cover all the bases as the Apostle Paul said at one time. "I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." I Corinthians 9:22

   

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^^RECEIVING THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST


The American Heritage Dictionary - Second Edition

 

~ RECEIVING = Something given, offered or transmitted.


You will find listed below 3 different ways, in which people did and still do receive the "in-filling" of the Holy Ghost. 


We know that just as each individual receives salvation in a different manner, so the gift of the Holy Ghost comes to individuals in different ways. 


"Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues." I Corinthians 14:39


So, as not to claim glory for baptizing anyone, Paul desired for all to baptized in the name of Jesus and not through the name of a fleshly man. 


^^ FIRST - WATER BAPTISM - THEN RECEIVED THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST ~


"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38 


"He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." Acts 19:2,5


^^HEARD THE WORD FIRST, THEN RECEIVED THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST ~


"While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 10:44-45 


"Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?" Acts 10:47 


^^LAYING ON OF HANDS, THEN RECEIVED BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST ~


"Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost." Acts 8:14-17 


If you have not received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, in any of the ways mentioned above and you are still serious about receiving the Baptism; then follow the study/exercise, listed below.


You can do this, in the privacy of your own home. Once you have finished this study/exercise, you will have experienced the Holy Ghost five (5) different ways.


You will have seen it with your eyes, written it with your hands, spoken it with your mouth, heard it with your ears and believed it with your heart. 


"And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." St. Luke 11:9  

 

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***PRACTICAL STUDY EXERCISE 


Items needed


A large loose leaf note book labeled, "Holy Ghost" Scriptures


Highlighter (color of your choice)


Old King James Bible  


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So, let's begin in the New Testament 


^^EXPERIENCE THE HOLY GHOST WITH YOUR EYES ~


As you begin reading in St. Matthew, every time you see the word, Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit read the Scripture to yourself and hold your place. 


^^EXPERIENCE THE HOLY GHOST WITH YOUR HANDS ~


Next, take your notebook and label your page by Scripture and verse.


Then, write the entire Scripture down. Then use your highlighter and highlight the word Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit. 


^^EXPERIENCE THE HOLY GHOST WITH YOUR MOUTH/EARS ~

 

After you done this, then speak the the scripture out loud, in so doing you will have experienced it in yet two additional ways.


After you have followed these steps you will have seen, written and heard the words "Holy Ghost" which will increase believing with your heart; just as Jesus talked to His disciples on the road to Damascus, they mentioned how their hearts burned within them as He spoke to them. 


As you allow the Scriptures to speak to your heart, they will become part of you. Your heart will grow stronger as the Word is planted deeper. 


As the Spirit of God leads you to experience the Word of God with your senses, the Word will become part of you.

 

"Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah." Psalm 21:2 


Note: We realized that this method of study takes a great deal of time and effort. But we are convinced that it will satisfy your desire for something greater in your life.


We believe that even before you reach the end of Revelation, you will notice not only a change in your view of the scriptures, but also a great change in your spirit.


We have shared this method of study with others and they have reported wonderful results back to us; many have actually received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, even before they finished reading the entire New Testament! 


May God richly bless you as you seek to change from "Glory to Glory" and reach newer heights in His Word through the Holy Spirit.


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***LIVING A RIGHTEOUS LIFE - DAY BY DAY


The American Heritage Dictionary-Second College Edition 


~ RIGHTEOUS = Just, morally right, true. 


^^ RIGHTEOUS LIVING IS JUST PLAIN LIVING RIGHT! ~ 


"And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour." Ephesians 5:2 


"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7 


^^WARNING! There are many false doctrines in the world and no matter which church you go to you will probably find things taught there that are not Biblical.

 

Why is this? I believe it is because people don't study the Bible by subjects. Just like in school, there are many subjects. You could study math, reading, and language and know them well, yet know nothing of geography or history. And your teacher would grade your work according to the books you studied. 


The same is true concerning your Christian life. It will be graded by what the Bible says, not by what someone says about the Bible.

 

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" 1st Peter 4:17 


Many people have a hard time quitting the things of the world because they don't stay before God until this peace comes to them.


In other words, they do not fully die to sin, therefore they continue to struggle all their life to keep from the old path. 


We are told that we are dead to the world after being saved. One thing a newborn baby needs is someone to wash, feed, and dress them.


This is true of a newborn Christian as well. Jesus' blood washes them clean, his word clothes them, and they are to feed on his word, which we call the Bible. One is not born again knowing all the will of God; they must study to show themselves approved of God. 


In studying you will find the things that God wants his children to do and also the things he does not want his children doing. 


If you are careful to follow the Bible's instructions, staying away from the advice of others, which may be contrary to the Bible, you will find the Christian life very fulfilling.

 

^^LIVING A RIGHTEOUS LIFE IS NOT HARD TO DO ~


Just follow the Bible. Jesus said follow me.


"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." St. Matthew 16:24 


Jesus went to church on Sabbath, taught all that would listen and loved all that came unto him. He healed those that were sick and walked in forgiveness.


He lived what he believed, and he desires no less of us today.


Go and do likewise ...


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^^HOW TO MAKE YOUR RELATIONSHIP STRONGER WITH GOD ~  

  

**PRAY ~ “TALK TO GOD”


Prayer is simply talking to God from your heart. Your prayers don't have to sound "religious" and you don't have to use only 'Christian' sounding words. God wants to hear from the "real" you and He wants to hear your deepest concerns and needs.


Prayer is mainly a time for us to thank the Lord and to praise Him for the great things He has done in our lives. 


Read Matthew 6:5-13 to see an example of a prayer, which Jesus prayed. 


One thing to remember about this Scripture is that Jesus said, “after this manner pray.”

 

He did not say, repeat these words.

To properly talk to anyone, one needs to first identify who they are talking to. And if they expect to get the response that they desire, they need to praise or speak kindly to the one their making their request to, especially if the one doing the asking doesn’t deserve it. 


Prayer is also a time for us to receive God's forgiveness for our sins. When you sin, don't beat yourself up or condemn yourself but go directly to God and confess your sins in prayer. 

God is "faithful and just" to forgive you. 


Look at 1st John 1:1-10 and underline these scriptures in your Bible. 


Also, remember that you now belong to Jesus and that "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1) 


**HAVE FELLOWSHIP ~ “HANG OUT WITH OTHER BELIEVERS”


Now that you have entered into God's family, you need to spend time with your new brothers and sisters. It's a good idea to develop friendships with people who have been walking with the Lord for a long time and to spend time with them so, you can learn from everything the Lord has shown them over the years.


Likewise, as you grow and mature in the Lord, there will be others who begin to learn from your example.


That is what fellowship is all about, the strengthening of all of God's people or as the Bible puts it, "The building up of the body of Christ."


READ: Ephesians 4:15-16, Hebrews 10:19-25 & Acts 2:42-47


**TELL OTHERS ~ “TELL PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR FAITH”

 

Chances are, before you gave your life to Jesus, someone close to you or even someone you had never met before shared with you the good news about a relationship with God. 


Always remember that God hasn't redeemed you, forgiven your sins, and given you a new life so that you can hoard all of His blessings for yourself! He wants you to share your new life with others. 


Jesus said, "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp-stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)