Why should any one become a Christian?
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God, does not have life I John 5:11, 12.
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 3:18.
From these Scriptures it is very clear that if you do not have Christ in you, you stand condemned by God. The condemnation is the everlasting judgment of God. This is also called: Hell, which God has prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41). Once you get into hell, you can never get out of it; it is for ever and ever (Mark 9:48). Therefore, it is extremely important for you to get out of this condemnation without any delay.
On the other hand, God has made a wonderful way for you not only to escape hell, but also to live with Him in eternity and to inherit all that He has prepared for His people (Heb. 10:34; I Peter 1:4). That’s why the salvation that Christ gives us is called: Great Salvation (Heb. 2:3)
How to become a Christian?
First, you should know that becoming a Christian is not just a change of religion or moving one social system or culture to another. It is becoming a new creation in the Lord Jesus Christ - it is passing from eternal death into eternal life - it is passing from darkness into the marvelous light of Christ.
It is certain, no one can make you a Christian – no, not your good works - not even a priest or a church. It is the work of the Holy Spirit (I John 1:13). Read this message with an open mind and heart, and obey the Lord as He speaks to you.
First, you should know that all are sinners (Rom. 3:23) – in the sight of God, all are spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1); all are in spiritual darkness (2 Cor. 4:4); and all are condemned to eternal judgment of God– to hell (John 3:18).
Secondly, you should note that the loving God has made a provision for sinners to be saved from this condemnation. This provision of God is clearly declared in the Bible: 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. Christ came down from his glory in heaven, in the form of a man, humbled Himself, and laid down his life on the cross (Phi. 2:6-8). In Him was no sin, but in His body He bore all our sins and died on the cross for us. Another great truth is that Christ rose again from the grave triumphantly. Bible says, Christ died for our sins and rose again for our justification (Rom. 4:25).
Thirdly, acknowledge your sin before God and with true repentance, ask Him to forgive you. Your sins will be forgiven and the blood of Lord Jesus Christ will cleanse you from all sin (I John 1:9), and the Holy Spirit will come into your heart as promised in the Bible (John 7:39; 14:17; I Cor. 3:16; Acts 2:38). You are then a new creation in Christ Jesus (I1 Cor. 5:17), and as you walk with the Lord, He will give you victory over sin (I John 4:4). According to the Word of God, you are then born again (John 3:3-6; I peter 1: 23); you are saved; you are a child of God (John 1:12); you are a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17); and you are a Christian (Acts 11:26). You will have all this by the grace of God and not of yourself, for by grace a man/woman can be saved by faith in Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 2:8).
Fourthly, after receiving this experience, you should obey God’s word about Baptism which is an ordinance of God. Bible says: Repent and be baptized (Acts 2:38). It is an external testimony of what has happened to you internally. In Baptism, you will be saying, Christ died for me and the old person inside me is dead with Him; Christ was buried and all my sins are buried with Him and are gone; and that Christ rose again with a new body, and I have His life in me and one day I will also be like Him and will live with Him (I John 3:2). To know more about Baptism, please read: Matthew 3:13-15; Romans 6:3-11; Gal. 3:27; I Cor. 15:49-57; Acts 8:26-39; John 14:1-3.
Finally, as a new believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you should seek fellowship with others who have a similar experience. Bible tells us that the early believers in the days of the Apostles of Christ, lived in regular fellowship with one another, prayed and worshiped the Lord together, and broke bread as