How to be Saved

From Afterword of One World Tower- A Babylonian Adventure
Five or six generations after humanity scattered across the globe from the plain of Shinar, the Bible tells us that Abram (later named Abraham) …believed in the LORD; and He [God] accounted it to him [Abram] for righteousness. (Genesis 15:6) God accepted Abram because he believed (trusted) in what God said about Himself.

Faith or trust in God’s revealed truth about Himself has always been the basis for individual salvation—coming into a right relationship with God. This was the case for Noah and his children before the Flood, for those who lived in the time of Babel, for Abram in Chaldea, for Christians in the first century, for us today. However, the scope and detail of God’s revelation has progressed from early, observable creation, to the accumulated, preserved writings of the apostles and prophets in the Bible. (Hebrews 1:1-2; Ephesians 2:20; 3:5; II Peter 1:20-21)

Our completed Bible has more revelation about who God is than at any other time in history. This divinely inspired book—the Word of God—also shows us who we are and how we can be right with Him. (II Peter 1:3) It shows us how infinitely offensive our sin is to God (Romans 3:10-12, 23); He cannot allow anything sinful into His holy presence. (Isaiah 59:2; I John 1:5) As painful as it is, the Bible brings us face-to-face with the reality of our sin. We cannot “buy off” God to earn His favor, do something good, or promise to stop sinning, because all that is impossible. (Isaiah 64:6-7; Hebrews 11:6) Instead, God has a solution to our most pressing sin problem. We must believe Him and approach Him by faith on His terms.

The infinite offense of our sin against a holy God requires infinite compensation by a perfect person. God sent His Perfect Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die as a human being in our place. (Romans 5:8) The idea that God’s own divine Son, the second person of the Trinity, would shed His blood on the cross of Calvary as an infinite substitute for our sin should strike us like a bolt of lightening. Jesus’ death is not some long-ago, dry, abstract fact. The historical, divine Jesus of the Bible died for me personally so all my sins would be forgiven, so I’d be right with God and so I would be born into God’s family! (John 3:3, 7; I John 2:2)

How does someone benefit from this wonderful truth? The simple answer comes straight from the Bible: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. (Acts 16:31) Faced with the impossibility of paying for your sin or earning your way into heaven, you must come to God His way if you want to be right with Him. (John 1:12-13; 14:6) You have a wonderful opportunity that is freely offered: believe on God’s Son as your sin substitute and receive Him as your Savior. As humbling as that is to do, it is what God says is your simple part in His plan. This offer of a free, perfect salvation is given to anyone who will believe God and accept the person and work of His Son by faith. (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13) Will you believe God, receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and enter into God’s family?