How to Make Sure Your Soul Has Been Saved by Jesus
by Rev. Paul J. Bern
or this week’s commentary, I will be doing something that I haven’t done in quite some time, and that is to preach the Gospel, which is the Good News we all long to hear. By now you are well-acquainted with my writing style. I love to pick topics concerning current events throughout the world and juxtapose them with Scripture, and I have readers in over a dozen countries who can testify to that. But lately God has been adamant that I do more preaching and do a little less commentary. Hence this week’s posting – and there will be considerably more – teaching and commenting at length about the salvation of Jesus Christ, but without the trappings, pomp and circumstance of organized religion.
First and foremost, Jesus was and will always remain as the Son of God. There are no exceptions. Second, He will soon return to take his Bride home to live with him for all eternity, without end. But, in order for those who follow and obey his teachings to receive eternal life, we must first come to the cross on which Jesus was crucified, own up to our own imperfections, sinful natures, character flaws, personality defects and oftentimes poor judgment. We must acknowledge our own sinful natures as well as our desires to overcome them in the physical realm, so that we may also overcome them and be reborn in the Spirit of our Savior and Kinsman Redeemer, none other than the Lord Jesus himself.
Moreover, Jesus wants to be your best friend, both Spiritually and in the physical realm. Even though we can’t see him, you know that He is always there with you. But there is so much more to being ‘saved by the blood of the Lamb’ than to simply believe, and then say to ourselves ‘Looks like I’ve done enough for the day.’ In the course of following Christ, it’s not enough to simply express belief. We must put our belief into action. How do you surrender your life to Christ? Among other things, a good starting point is to forgive your enemies. You can't truly forgive someone until you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and get to know His forgiveness. That’s because Jesus often led by example, and so we must all do the same. Here is how you can receive Christ:
 Admit your need. (I am a sinner.)
 Be willing to turn from your sins (Repent.)
 Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.
 Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)
 How to pray: “Dear Lord Jesus: I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow you as Lord and Savior. Amen ”
Your religious affiliation will not save you. Whether you identify as Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, or Jew, your religion will not save you. Neither will your political affiliation, nor your money, nor your status – none of those will save you. Instead, we must go to the Cross upon which Jesus was sacrificed for each and every one of us. We must take our sins – and we all have plenty of them – and bring them to the foot of the cross, confessing them all and asking Jesus to come and dwell within your heart. Get your sins out of your heart and mind, and replace them with the risen Spirit of our Lord and Savior. Let Christ come in and occupy that space. Let’s all have a change of ownership within our hearts and minds. It’s time to evict Satan and replace his occupancy with that of the Lord Christ Jesus. Let Jesus move in there with no money down and no deposit either. That’s precisely what Jesus wants every day of our lives. It’s His will for each and every one of us.
Jesus is my best friend, and the only one I really need except maybe for my cat, Cloey. He wants to be yours too, even if you’ve been ‘saved’ in the past at any given church. So, surrender your minds and hearts – and by extension our very souls – and let Jesus come on in. He’s been waiting patiently for all those who are called by the Lord. He came into this world to save us from ourselves. Why, you ask? It’s because God – Jesus’ heavenly Father – loves us so much, and to such an extreme, that he was willing to sacrifice his only Son to save us all from an eternal separation from God. So, when I call Jesus ‘Savior’, I mean that literally. He wants to be yours, too. Have you already been through all that, but have lately strayed from the Flock? Take heart, your circumstances can and will change, but only if you remain diligent. Remember to do this continually, remembering that Jesus taught us that “The Son of Man will arrive when you do not expect him”. So let’s get up and get ready to meet Jesus. Let’s embrace the salvation that He is offering us free of charge. There is no better time for that than right now.