More important than having an awesome beard, is, where will you be spending eternity when you die?
First one must know that they're a sinner. We're all not perfect and we all come
short of what God expects.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Second, that there is a penalty for sin.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Also, that not only do we die physically, but you can die spiritually too.. Facing Hell
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
God is a just and holy God that needs to judge sin, but He's a very loving God and doesn't want us to perish.. So He made getting saved, being forgiven and going to heaven very simple and easy.. It's a gift
30 "And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
31 "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
Being saved is very easy, all it takes is believing on Jesus Christ. His death, burial and resurrection. Putting all your faith on Him and not ourselves, He paid our debt!
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
When you get saved, you're saved forever. You can't lose the gift that God gives you. It's EVERLASTING life
“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.”
Jesus was God in the flesh, he lived a perfect sinless life. When He died on the cross it was as if He was made into our sin, we are forgiven by God through the sacrifice of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:21
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
We must know that we are not saved by being good or doing good things, it's only by faith in Jesus Christ that we can be saved. It's a free gift and if you think you need to work for it, than it no longer makes it a gift and you can't receive it. We are not saved by our own righteousness, but of Christ's.
8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
9 "Not of works, lest any man should boast."
When we get saved, God becomes our Father and there's nothing you can do to change that relationship. If you disobey when you are saved, God will discipline and punish you while you're on this earth. But He won't send you to hell if He gives you a gift that He calls everlasting, meaning forever. You have it forever and that's promised. What a great gift!
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”
The only thing that will save you and make you a child of God, is faith in Jesus Christ.
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
If you want to be saved, it's as easy as believing and putting all you're faith in Jesus and calling upon His name.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
You can use this prayer. But it's not this prayer or the words that save you, it's your belief and faith in Jesus
I know I'm a sinner, I know I deserve to go to hell
but I believe that Jesus died for my sins, was buried
and rose again. I'm putting all my faith on you, all my
trust in you. Nothing I can do, only you Lord. Please save me right now and give me everlasting life.
In Jesus name, Amen.
1 John 5:13
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”