02 - How to Be Saved?

(Do not record the red letters) This is the moment of a pause, try not to be interrupted, because the Kingdom of Heaven has approached you. Here we could present the long list of words that describe human miseries. These reflect the suffering which we humans experience in any stage of life. Whether this suffering be our own or someone else's, it leads us to desolation and sadness, it damages our soul and hastens us to the edge of the abyss and of insanity. There’s only one person who can help us and can understand us. Because, “He was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. With His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5. By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan's purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the Savior has bound Himself to humanity by a bond that can never be broken. Mathew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (*1) Is there peace in your life? Is your life empty? Has your life been torn to pieces? Who ruined it in such a way? Did someone do this to you, or did you do this to yourself?… We've all suffered difficulties and failures in this life, and we cry for solutions from the depths of our souls. Jesus knows your case, He is witness to every word and situation which has brought you to this point. You should know something very important. The death of Jesus on the cross is the chance for peace, for pardon, for love, and for opportunities that you are needing. The sacrifice of Christ is the opportunity God gives us to have our sins forgiven and to carry us to a new world without suffering. The cross is also the relief which assures us that evil will have an end, the suffering will not be forever. The cross was the greatest and best way for God to show his love for us, love which cost his life. The cross, besides showing the love of God, is the demonstration of a judgment. A judgment to the wickedness which has caused the suffering of man, judgment that will define the separation between good and evil. (See more on this subject in the option “There Will Be Judgment” in the general index). God loves the sinner but abhors sin. God knows it was Satan who got you mixed up in the circumstances which led you to suffer. And that is why He, though innocent as He was when He was nailed to the cross, suffering what we should have suffered, between two thieves (one who believed, repented, and requested mercy and forgiveness... and another who didn't believe and was resentful, accusing Him), Jesus represents the love of God, His forgiveness, and a new opportunity to those sinners who repent. Patiently he waits for sinners who despise him, for certainly they will be judged and condemned for their actions. And the worst thing of all is that they had the opportunity in Christ to have been saved from this condemnation, yet they never accepted it.

that he gave his only begotten Son.One of these two thieves represents us. by dying the eternal death on the cross. 17For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world. because their deeds were evil.. In the same manner that you are now a new creature. because He knows how valuable you are. Jesus desires to clean you up and wants you to turn to Him for consolation and forgiveness. he is a new creature: old things are passed away. not imputing their trespasses unto them. Perhaps nobody would pass by a bill thrown on the ground. but have everlasting life. God would pick you up from the floor where sin has thrown you. but that the world through Him might be saved. The apostle Paul teaches us that we are called to be saints. and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” For God. because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Although your soul is dirty. you should set sin aside from your life and stop committing the same actions that separate you from God. and mock Him. and your vileness is now covered by the justice done by Jesus before our Lord God. If you believe this. I Corinthians 1:2 “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth. For he hath made him to be sin for us. he guarantees us the power to obey the law of heaven. all things are become new… that God was in Christ. the justice of Christ is your defense before God. our freedom from sin is secured. Which one do you identify with? The one on the left of Jesus? (Do you not believe?) Do you despise His love. not caring at all if men see no value in you. you are like a bill of great value. Once you have been saved. and by His grace you are saved from condemnation. Jesus redeemed you out of love. and you feel you have been thrown out onto the street. as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead. But it does not end here. who knew no sin. 18He who believes in Him is not condemned: but he who believes not is condemned already. because He has already paid for your misdeeds and has taken your place in the punishment for doing wrong. that whosoever believes in him should not perish. but He does not love your bad actions. His patience. you should not sin again. be ye reconciled to God. or do you identify with the thief on the right of Jesus? (Believing) acknowledging your situation as a sinner and your need for forgiveness? John 3:16: “For God so loved the world. that light is come into the world. that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. II Corinthians 5:17:21 “Therefore if any man be in Christ. Justification and Sanctification Through Christ. Believing and not doing anything is not enough to save you. and men loved darkness rather than light. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ. If you want to be reconciled. He will not throw you out. to them that are sanctified in Christ . His pardon. immediately they would pick it up because they would be aware of its worth. God loves you. He would pick you up because “you are worth much to Him”. 19And this is the condemnation. Although dirtied by sin.. He will wash away your sins. reconciling the world unto himself. behold.

God certainly does. They ask: “How do we know that he has really changed? And now. your acts should represent the kingdom of God thus separating you from impious living. All gold and silver is God´s (Haggai 2:8) so the act of tithing is holy. he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. shall inherit the kingdom of God. Here is when the behavior of the repented sinner should show signs of transformation. and you begin to attend a church with the Bible under your arm. you are sanctified. This is God ´s grace. Every day is God´s.Jesus. but there was an internal struggle inside of you. John 13:15: “For I have given you an example. I Corinthians 6:9-11: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators. called to be saints. we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. This is called “justification” Romans 5:1: “Therefore being justified by faith. nor drunkards. but not all days are separated for God. 10Nor thieves. nor abusers of themselves with mankind. just the ones chosen by Him. nor effeminate. When you believe. We are all creatures of God. a bad example for society. You were lost in bad examples. (because they belong to Him). that more joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents. nor covetous. We do not deserve his justice. But the ones who knew you are right. did you mistreat others? or were you a wellknown delinquent? Or a wicked person on the sly? But you have now repented and believe that with God´s help you want to live the new life given to you when you believe in Jesus. that ye should do as I have done to you”. nor extortioners. you believe in this. But those who knew you as “bad” are now making fun of you because “you have changed”. but Luke 15:7 says: “I say unto you. you now talk about the Love that forgave you and showed you that you were acting wrong. He has sanctified or separated Saturdays as well as tithing. nor adulterers. Holy or Saint means “separated” for the use of God. All the people knew you as evil. nor revilers. that henceforth we should not serve sin. Even though we humans do not forgive easily. and by the Spirit of our God”. Now you have repented sincerely and acknowledged that Jesus has forgiven you. you have been “sanctified” or “separated” for God. when you have turned from wrong by receiving Jesus Christ. that the body of sin might be destroyed. nor idolaters. but we are not all sons of God. This is what we call “sanctification”. and in your adventures. but ye are sanctified. do you want to erase all that and start anew?” God´s forgiveness is certain even when we fail after being baptized: I John 1:9: “If we confess our sins. . but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus. We need time and space for the injuries caused by the aggressor to heal. you destroyed your own life and that of others. than for ninety and nine just persons. with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. Where we crucify the sinner in us with Christ (Romans 6:6). who need no repentance”. You. Knowing this that our old man is crucified with him. both theirs and ours”. 11And such were some of you: but ye are washed.

but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. the second Adam. We go through trials of suffering and pain. and thus the justice of Christ is given to whoever wants to believe. I know him. is a liar. This is an error and will not lead anyone to salvation. instead confess them to God in prayer. Christ. But they also teach that the Law of God remained nailed to the cross and that no one must keep it." (Hebrew 4: 15) It is Jesus who carried our iniquities and who has tested the human miseries. For through Adam´s transgression and our inheriting of sin. He is the person who perfectly understands your pain and qualifies as the only one with sufficient authority to intercede on behalf of the sinner. that are dead to sin. 16 Know ye not. But do not tell mortal men about them. and keepeth not his commandments. How is a transgressor rescued from death? Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death. but through Christ. but was in all points tempted like as we are. the second Adam and his obedience. they teach justification." (Proverbs 28: 13). and through strong temptations hard to resist. that to whom ye yield are to whom ye obey. but which Satan snatched away. The story of redemption. Those who have not humbled their souls before God in acknowledging their guilt have not yet . this is called Justification. Until one day Satan decides to rebel against God and beguiles man in the Garden of Eden. No other man on earth can carry out this task. we could all have eternal life and be returned to the Paradise which God prepared for man since the beginning. but under grace? God forbid. tells the sinner that it is possible to live in the world of sin and keep the Law of God. and the truth is not in him”. So the rest of Adam´s descendants inherit death because of sin. so that grace may abound? 2God forbid. Sin should be abandoned. See I John 2:4: “He that saith. for God had given him life. Thus man commits sin there by transgressing God´s commandments.Romans 6:1:2 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue living in sin. This is salvation: The Kingdom of God lives in peace. In other words. Romans 6:15: “What then? Shall we sin. and thou shalt be saved. How shall we. without the vital sanctification. Many teach Acts 16:31: ”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. yet without sin. whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness?”. Confession of Sins "He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy. And the punishment of man is death. because we are not under the law. in his perfect obedience to the commandments of God. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. but justification can be lost if there is no sanctification. Take close notice. and thy house”. we will all perish. live any longer therein?”. “Obedience unto righteousness”.

and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit". should be heartfelt and freely expressed. acknowledging the very sins of which you are guilty”. in this confession you should acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you have distanced yourself from God. but delivered Him up for us all. since you now have the Holy Ghost as your personal helper. whether public or private. Confession will not be acceptable to God without sincere repentance and reformation. we have never truly sought the forgiveness of sin. and be converted. Confession of sin. Our great need is in itself an argument and speaks eloquently in our favor. is the first step you have to take to leave the load that afflicts you behind. And "He that spared not His own Son. If we have not experienced this repentance. Matthew 7: 7). As He says: "Ask. because He died on the cross for your sins. and if we have never sought. with the aid of the Holy Ghost. or forced from those who have no real sense of the abhorrent nature of sin. It is not to be made in a flippant and careless way. by avoiding sinful behavior. everything offensive to God must be put away. 1. The psalmist says 34:18. Confession from the heart. Rest assured that He has forgiven you. Acts 3:19-21: “Repent ye therefore. Who is in heaven. 20And he shall send Jesus Christ. “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart. There must be decided changes in the life. Explicit instruction is given concerning this matter. how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8: 32)(*2).they may be wrongs that should be confessed to individuals who have suffered injury through them.fulfilled the first condition of acceptance. Now that you understand that you have been a sinner separated from God. or 3. (*2) To whom should sins be confessed? The Bible teaches that the only one who can forgive sins is God. that your sins may be blotted out. the sacrifice of Christ can replace the penalty you would have had to pay if you had not accepted God´s forgiveness. You should act. and acknowledges particular sins. Who was expecting you to come to Him before it was too late. we have never found the peace of God. But all confession should be definite and to the point. from which no one can repent. The only reason we do not have forgiveness for sins of the past is that we are not willing to humble our hearts and comply with the conditions of the word of truth. (*2) Confessing your sins to someone more sinful than you is like rejecting your own salvation and true forgiveness. and have not with true humility of soul and brokenness of spirit confessed our sins. You should walk away from your sinful life now and continue the example of Jesus. so it is to Him we should confess.They may be of such a nature as to be brought before God only. in private prayer to your most High Priest Jesus Christ. 2. It is not to be done lightly by the sinner. But we need to seek the Lord so that He may do these things for us. which before was preached unto you: 21Whom the heaven must receive until the times of . and should then be as publicly confessed. abhorring our iniquity. and it shall be given you" (S. by having approached God. The confession that is the outpouring of the inmost soul finds its way to the God of infinite compassion. We should confess them to Jesus and in the following way: “True confession is always of a specific character.they may be of a public character. when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

There is no time or place that is improper for prayer to God. how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”. In the middle of crowded places. Often and in this manner did Enoch walk with God. the soul stays in communion with God and thereby receives the rays of divine light which will fortify and keep us on the alert in the fight against Satan. No curious ear should receive the weight of such petitions. Take advantage of every opportunity to go where there is prayer. we can be in communion with Him. and that nothing hinder you from it. whom if his son ask bread. lift up your heart to God. Public prayer or with the family alone is not sufficient. and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. open your soul to the penetrating eye of God. Those silent prayers ascend as precious incense to the Throne of Grace. while we travel. Speak to Him as if you were speaking to the best friend you could ever have or you ever wanted to have. make Him your celestial guest. whose ear is open to prayer that sprouts from deep within the soul. will attend prayer sessions and will remain faithful in their duties. God is the castle which fortifies us. during our hurried business hours. etc. will he give him a serpent? 11If ye then. being evil. 9Or what man is there of you. Pray in your study. Do so as much as you can so that there is a continuous communion between Jesus and your soul. It is impossible for the soul to flourish when prayer is neglected. the soul is free from the influences of the environment. know how to give good gifts unto your children. knock. whose life was distributed between the mountain and the multitude. nor does he expect us to withdraw from the world in order to consecrate ourselves to the acts of worship. Those who do nothing but pray will sooner or later stop. In the midst of loneliness. In private prayer. We should also pray together in the circle of our family. When man isolates himself from social life. and above all not neglect private prayer. Our life should be like the life of Christ. which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began”. eager to reap all the benefits they can. seek. Secret prayer should only be heard by the One who examines hearts: by God. They will take advantage of every opportunity to be where they can receive rays of celestial light. ask Jesus to come and dwell in your heart. Sweet loving and permanent will be the influence which will flow from He who sees into secret places. By having tranquil and simple faith. free from excitement. and he that seeketh findeth. We can offer God our petitions and implore Him for divine protection. and when you go to work. God does not intend for some of us to become hermits or monks. Wherever we are. Prayer “It is necessary to be diligent in prayer. Satan cannot conquer those whose heart is thus rendered unto God. Those who are really making an effort to have communion with God. because this is what nourishes the soul.restitution of all things. and it shall be opened unto you: 8For every one that asketh receiveth. Serenely but with fervor must your prayer be expressed to God. Matthew 7:7-12 Golden rule to prayer. or their prayers will eventually become a formal routine. “Ask. will he give him a stone? 10Or if he ask a fish. and it shall be given you. when he leaves the sphere . and ye shall find. We should always have our hearts open to Him. There is nothing that can stop us from opening our heart in fervent prayer.

how can I be freed from these doubts and perplexities?" God never asks us to believe without giving sufficient evidence upon which to base our faith. As Job who suffered long but remained grateful. The apostle Peter says that there are in Scripture "things hard to be understood. the resurrection. which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest . he will lose the essence of prayer and will no longer be stimulated to devotion. Neither should our devotion consist entirely of asking and receiving. His existence.of Christian duty and from his obligation of carrying his cross. we should also always be grateful to God. He can no longer pray for the needs of humanity or for the extension of the kingdom of Christ. when man stops dedicating himself ardently to that Master Who dedicated Himself to him. while those who really desire to know the truth will find plenty of evidence on which to rest their faith. and Satan employs these to shake their faith in the Scriptures as a revelation from God. Yet God has never removed the possibility of doubt. and we must not doubt His word simply because we cannot understand all the mysteries of His providence. unto their own destruction. Everywhere are wonders beyond our ken. But we have no reason to doubt God's word because we cannot understand the mysteries of His providence. The entrance of sin into the world. the incarnation of Christ. His prayers become personal and selfish. There is no such thing as too much praying. His character. or even understand. Let´s not always think only of our needs and never think of the blessings that we have received." 2 Peter 3:16. God has given us in the Scriptures sufficient evidence of their divine character. They ask. are mysteries too deep for the human mind to explain. "How shall I know the right way? If the Bible is indeed the word of God. Those who wish to doubt will have opportunity. and this testimony is abundant. . but we rarely give thanks. The very humblest forms of life present a problem that the wisest of philosophers is powerless to explain.” “The word of God. even for the little we have. like the character of its divine Author. not demonstration. or even fully to comprehend. and many other subjects presented in the Bible. There are in the Bible many things which they cannot explain. regeneration. Our faith must rest upon evidence. . presents mysteries that can never be fully comprehended by finite beings. how little gratitude we express. neither will he be capable of asking for strength. especially those who are young in the Christian life. the truthfulness of His word are all established by testimony that appeals to our reason. . Should we then be surprised to find that in the spiritual world also there are mysteries that we cannot fathom? The difficulty lies solely in the weakness and narrowness of the human mind. are at times troubled with the suggestions of skepticism. In the natural world we are constantly surrounded with mysteries that we cannot fathom. We are subject to God´s mercy each and everyday. how little we praise Him for all that He has done for us! Study of the Bible “Many.

We were among those lost in a dissolute life far from God and from the plan of salvation. 107. Bibliographical references: (*1) “The Desire of Ages”. (CD-Rom HopeEL). Folio VIP Electronic Publishing. APIA. 99. 1992-1993. White. Folio Corp. Folio Corp. Jesus loves you and waits for you. (*2) Adapted from “Steps to Christ” Chapter 4 and Chapter 11 pgs 95. Folio VIP Electronic Publishing. but far from it: they constitute strong evidence of its divine inspiration. you will become like a powerful torch lighting your way in the midst of the darkness. if His greatness and majesty could be grasped by finite minds.The difficulties of Scripture have been urged by skeptics as an argument against the Bible. APIA. 100. believe in Him. 108. CD-ROM from Hope Electronic Library (CD-Rom HopeEL).by Hellen G. God offers you salvation.” By studying your Bible together with prayer. Biblical quotes: King James Version David Obando Cano Project CD-Rom The Greatest Biblical Lessons IASD Interamerican Division 2006 . 1992-1993. He will soon be back for his faithful ones. Pages 16-17 by Hellen G. then the Bible would not bear the unmistakable credentials of divine authority. stick to prayer and to studying the Bible and come to church. If it contained no account of God but that which we could easily comprehend. White. The very grandeur and mystery of the themes presented should inspire faith in it as the word of God..