The Way of Salvation

written by Ronald C. Buckman

The Ten Commandments in modern English

All people have broken at least some of the ten commandments as God interprets them. For instance, the first commandment refers to gods; which can include anything that you might put ahead of God. Entertainers, cars, human friends and money are often put ahead of God. Most people have not committed the physical act of murder. But 1 John 3:15 reads, "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." God doesn't just deal with the outward actions, he deals with the attitudes of the heart.

1 Corinthians 6:10 says that no thief shall enter the kingdom of God. This means stealing something no matter how small; or not working when you are supposed to, and you are getting paid. The ninth commandment means not to tell fibs or white lies and not to make exaggerated claims.

So, it is obvious that we have all sinned. Romans 3:23 reads, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 6:23 reads, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." The death that is mentioned in this verse is not physical death. But, it is eternal separation from God. Revelation 20:15 reads, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Matthew 13:41 to 42 reads, "The son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." In Revelation 14:11 it says, "the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night..." Suffering in the lake of fire forever and ever is the worst form of punishment there is. However, you do not have to go to the lake of fire. God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross. Romans 5:8 reads, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Luke 24:6-7 reads, "He (Jesus) is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, 'The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'" I Thessalonians 5:9 reads, "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,." Revelation 21:4 tells what will happen to those who have this salvation, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away." In other words, after this life if over, if you have received salvation, you will have eternal happiness with Christ and His followers. But, how do you receive this salvation.
        First, you must be sorry that you have sinned. The Bible uses the word repent. Acts 3:19 reads, "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,..."
        Also, you must trust in Christ, John 3:16 reads, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life." The Greek word for believe in this verse, means to trust in someone.
        We are also to confess, to God, the sins that we have committed that we know about. Romans 10:9 reads, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

Therefore, I urge you to accept the gift of salvation, which Jesus Christ died to give you.
        If you have just received the gift of salvation, tell someone else about it. You could even tell me by writing to me at the e-mail address listed below.

Ronald Buckman

Washington State
U. S. A.
This page is ©1998-2010 by Ronald C. Buckman.

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