Francis Nyarku, Ghana
Have You Truly been saved?
This is a very important question everyone should ask themselves. Salvation is to set free from sin and penalty, that is redemption. All we need to do is to be born again of water the spirit. First we need to accept that we were born sinners and that we cannot redeem ourselves. Jesus Christ paid for our redemption, deliverance and rescue once for all mankind. What does it mean to be born again? It means to be given a new heart that is willing to obey God's word (Ezekiel 36:24-27) It means to turn away from our evil actions, words, evil thought and take up the cross and follow Jesus. It also means allowing Christ wash all our sins away and make our hearts clean so no sin will separate us from God (Acts 3:19 ) This means making us anew and doing only what is right in God's eyes. The bible says for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) The bible continue to say if we say we have not sinned we make him a liar. Who must have this new birth? Everybody old enough to know what is right and what is wrong needs to have this new birth. Everyone who has anything that is not right needs this new birth. Prophet Isaiah says ''All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way (Isaiah 53:6) The evil men do separates them from seeing God (Isaiah 59:2) The story of Nicodemus in the bible shows us that except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3-8) Jesus is still calling by knocking on our heart door according to Revelations 3:20 and I quote Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. The bible continue to say in Matthew 11:28-30 ''Come unto me all ye that Labour and are heavy Laden and I will give you rest'. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Jesus is the way the truth and the life, no one comes unto the father except through him (John 14:6) Jesus is asking us to bring every sin or weaknes that we have in our life to Him and He is asking us to lay them at His feet. Jesus wants us to be free from our heavy load. To be born again of the water and the spirit is to believe in the water baptism and the attonement of sin by shedding his blood on the cross. There is hope for you even if you are a great sinner. The word of God says ''come now and let us reason together'' saith the LORD. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isaiah 1:18) If we confess our sins God will forgive us and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).