The Plan of Salvation
The reason we have the Bible is so we could know God's plan of salvation. This is not just the Baptist's plan of salvation. This is not just this pastor's plan of salvation. This is what the Bible teaches.
The plan of salvation is found all through the Bible. There are many verses we could look at. I want you to think about what Jesus taught in John 3:14-21.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Moses lifted up a brass serpent in Numbers 21:9. Anyone who looked at the serpent would live. This verse was a prophecy of Jesus' death on the cross. Jesus took our sins and was punished for them.
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
There is only one Savior - Jesus. Jesus is the only one who died for us. Everyone else died for their own sins. God's punishment for sin is eternal death in Hell (perish). Anyone who will trust Jesus as their Savior, God will forgive their sins and give them eternal life in Heaven.
16 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.
This is probably one of the best known verses. Why? Because of love. God loves you more than anyone. He made you. He wants you to believe Him and ask Jesus to be your Savior. Eternal life speaks of time - it will never end. Everlasting life speaks of durability - nothing can take it away. You will never lose your salvation
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Sin is what condemns our soul to pay for our sins in Hell. Jesus died so we could be saved from that punishment.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
This is one of the most alarming verses in the Bible. The Bible says we are already condemned. We are born with a sin nature. When we obey that sin nature instead of obeying God, we become sinners. Because we have sinned, we are condemned to Hell. It is like a building that is condemned to be destroyed but hasn't yet been knocked over. As soon as we die, we are immediately punished because we are already condemned. That is why you must get saved today before it is too late.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Our sins (evil deeds) condemn us. Jesus is the light. Lost men love sin more than they love Jesus.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Lost men that love sin don't want to be told what is right and what is wrong. They don't want to be told they must get saved. They don't want to be told they they are going to Hell. They look for religions that will tell them what they want to hear instead of the truth.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Coming to the light is twofold. One, by faith you believe that the light (Jesus) is what you need. Two, you repent and come to the light (Jesus).
Right now, ask Jesus to come into your heart and be your Savior. Repent of your sins. Repent of trusting in a religion to get you to Heaven. Repent of thinking you are good enough to get yourself into Heaven. Put your faith in Jesus.