How Do I Become A Christian?
God has the desire to have a personal relationship with each and every person that has ever lived on Earth or will live on Earth in the future. There is a problem in establishing that relationship and that is God hates sin and no human being is able to live a sinless life.
God knew this would be a problem so He solved it before the foundations of the world by the Father sending His Son to Earth to live a sinless life after being incarnated into a human body that He provided for Jesus through Mary. That resulted in Jesus being 100% God and 100% man when He came to Earth as Jesus of Nazareth. Because He was fully man He could then be our Kinsman Redeemer (this will be explained in a later Learning activity) which is to say that Jesus could die on the Cross in our place so that our sin could be fully paid for and we could then be acceptable in the sight of God! This is an amazing plan that He devised that met the requirements for establishing a relationship with each human being PROVIDED each human being believe in what Jesus said about Himself in the Scriptures. It was and is today the individual belief in who Jesus is that activates that miraculous event in the life of each and every person who believes!
Using your Bible, look up the following verses and write them in the space provided. As you proceed answer the questions as they appear in this document.
Jesus called being a Christian being born again while talking to a Pharisee named Nicodemus (see John 3:5–8). How we are born again is explained for us in the Scriptures.
1. Acts 16:30–31
2. What did Paul and Silas tell the jail keeper that he had to do to be saved (born again)?
3. John 3:16
4. What does Jesus say is necessary in John 3:16 in order to have everlasting [eternal] life [being born again]?
5. What do #1 and #3 above say it takes for God to come and live in us [be born again].
The personal testimony of Christians tells us that some people can pinpoint the time of their becoming a Christian to a specific time and place while others can only tell generally the time in their life when they became Christian. There is no doubt that there is an instant in which this event takes place (as we shall see in a later Learning Activity), however, since an emotional experience can, but is not required to be attached to this event, the person may not know the precise time the event took place. How you experienced your conversion does not determine what kind of Christian you are. The event takes place in the spirit realm and does not necessitate an emotional experience.
All of the above works itself out in the spiritual realm and the result is that as believers we become what the Bible calls “new creations in Christ”! What becoming a new creation in Christ results in and means to the human being will be explained in another Learning Activity.
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