According to Romans 3:23, "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ." Because the wages of sin is death, someone that is human, but without the sin nature of man has to die to pay the penalty for sin. For example, let's say someone that's the average person, is a million dollars in debt. Let's say someone comes along and pays the debt the person can't pay. That's what Jesus did. He came to pay a debt we couldn't pay. Jesus came to die on the cross to cancel the debt for our sins so we can go to heaven and not spend eternal torment in hell.
"Father God, please forgive me of all my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead so that I can have eternal life with you in heaven and not suffer for eternity in hell. Right now, I invite Jesus to come into my life and be my Saviour and Lord. I confess that Jesus is Lord and I believe in my heart that God raised him from the dead. Thank you Jesus for saving me. In Jesus name, Amen."
If you don't have a Bible, I recommend that you get one of the modern translations that are easy to read. For beginners I recommend the following translations: The Amplified Bible, The New King James Version, and The New International Version. I use the both the old King James Version and the Amplifed Version. The Amplified Version is very good. It clarifies what is being said. It puts stuff in brackets, parentheses, or italics to define a word or clarify what's being said. For example, Romans 1:16 "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Chirst." The Amplified would say: "I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ." The word gospel means good news.
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you've received Jesus. I will be praying for you. Also, go to Billy Graham's STEPS TO PEACE WITH GOD. This page will help you understand what just happened. There, you'll want to click on the "Back to the Help Index" link and to the "Frequently asked Questions About Salvation." This link will give you explanations and scriptures to give you assurance that you are now saved from hell and going to heaven. It will also answer some of the most common questions new believers, just like you, have.
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