The Lowdown

by Robert Flores

A Christian is someone who has trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior. It's that simple. People think that getting to heaven is some long, drawn-out process in which you have to try and follow the Ten Commandments or be a do-gooder or go to church or tithe or something. But it's really not complicated at all. See, Salvation isn't about getting to God on our own terms or pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps, it's about God reaching down to us and offering us salvation free of charge. We can't get to heaven on our own terms, we can only get there by His terms. God demands no less than perfection, and only perfect people get to go to heaven. So, I guess none of us would make it, right? Wrong. God has provided a way to impart perfection to our account, and that perfection is available only through God's Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only One worthy of heaven, and only He can give us perfection through the perfect life He lived, and His payment for our sin at Calvary, and through His resurrection three days later. Jesus Christ forgives us from all the sins we've ever committed and comes to live on the inside of us. He's Someone who will never leave you and will always love you. It's a no-lose deal. It's pretty simple. All you ever have to do is trust Him and ask Him to come into your life. That's what a Christian is.

Following is some selected verses from the Bible that will give you a greater understanding of what God thinks about your salvation.

The Facts about God

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.' Isaiah 44: 6

I, even I, am the Lord, And besides Me there is no savior. Isaiah 43:11

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:1-3

The LORD is near to all who call upn Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. Psalm 145:18

The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. Psalms 98:2

But as it is written:”Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:31

I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins. Isaiah 43:25

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse . . . Romans 1:20

For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:12

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Psalms 53:1

The Facts About Man

All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53: 6

For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin. Ecclesiastes 7:20

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God . . . Romans 3:23

. . . the soul that sins, it shall die. Ezekiel 18:4b

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:24-26

But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6

As it is written: “There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.” Romans 3:10-12

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 1 Corinthians15:22

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

For it is written: ’As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:11-12

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1 Timothy 6:7

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

The Facts About Jesus Christ

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time . . . 1 Timothy 2:5-6

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And he is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians l:l5-17

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6

. . . “For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matthew 9:13b

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:l2

To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” Acts l0:43

“For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘the LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’” Acts 3:22-23

The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:47

Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures . . . 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Your Choice To Accept The Facts

And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. Acts 2:21

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. John 1:12

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us. . . Titus 3:5a

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20

And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:22-23

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and rose again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. Romans 14:8-9

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upn them has the light shined. Isaiah 9:6

. . . Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

. . . no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3b

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18-19

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20