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Question: "What does it mean to accept Jesus as your personal Savior?"
Answer: Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior? To properly understand this question, you must first understand who Jesus is and what it means to have a “personal Savior.”
Who is Jesus? Many people will acknowledge Jesus as a good man, a great teacher, or even a prophet of God. These things are definitely true of Jesus, but they do not fully define who He truly is. Jesus is referred to as Jesus Christ, but Christ is not His last name. It is a title. The Bible tells us that Jesus is God in the flesh, God in human form (see John 1:1, 14). God came to earth to teach us, heal us, correct us, forgive us—and die for us! Jesus the Christ is God, the Creator, the sovereign Lord.
What is a Savior, and why do we need a Savior? The Bible tells us that we have all sinned; we have all committed evil acts (Romans 3:10-18). As a result of our sin, we deserve God's anger and judgment. The only just punishment for sins committed against an infinite and eternal God is an infinite punishment (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15). There are not enough good things we can do in our life to repay the sins we have committed. That is why we need a Savior!
Jesus Christ came to earth and died in our place. Jesus' death was the final payment for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins (Romans 5:8). Jesus paid the price so that we would not have to. Jesus' resurrection from the dead proved that His death was sufficient to pay the penalty for our sins. That is why Jesus is the one and only Savior (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)!
Is Jesus your “personal” Savior? Many people view Christianity as attending church, performing rituals, and/or not committing certain sins. That is not Christianity. True Christianity is a personal relationship with Jesus. Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior means placing your own personal faith and trust in Him. No one is saved by the faith of others. No one is forgiven by doing certain deeds. The only way to be saved is to personally accept Jesus as your Savior, trusting in His death as the payment for your sins and His resurrection as your guarantee of eternal life (John 3:16).
If you want to accept Jesus as your personal Savior, say the following short prayer:
“God, I recognize that I need you and I know that I have sinned against You and deserve punishment. But I believe Jesus took the punishment I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I receive Your offer of forgiveness and place my trust in You for salvation. I accept Jesus as my personal Savior! Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness—the gift of eternal life! Amen!”
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Congratulations on your decision today!