Who is condemned to Hell? Most people would probably think of people who are really bad, like murderers, etc., but the bible has a different answer. The bible says in John 3:18(KJV): "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." The only thing you have to do to be condemned is to just be alive and have never put your trust in Jesus to save you. We are all sinners, no matter how much or how little. It is only by God's grace and mercy that we could ever be saved from the condemnation that is sentenced upon us. No one is good enough to go to heaven on their own merit.
We are saved when we trust in Jesus and believe on his name, as the verse in John 3:18(KJV) says that "He that believeth on him is not condemned."
But what does it mean to believe on Jesus? It means you acknowledge that you are a sinner and are condemned already and then put your trust in Jesus and believe in your heart that he died for your sins, paying the price for them, and rose again the third day and went back to Heaven, from where he came.
Putting your trust in Jesus is like putting money in a safe; it wasn't always there, you put it there and are relying on it to keep it there. That's how you put your trust in Jesus and rely on him, not yourself, to get you to heaven. It's that simple, friend. It is not by turning over a new leaf, trusting in your own good works, trying to quit sinning, going to church, keeping the golden rule, or trusting in anything else you could possibly do. The bible says we all fall short. Romans 3:23(KJV): "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Salvation is a free gift that is paid for by God, purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ.
When we admit we're a sinner and put our trust in what Jesus did for us, we receive God's mercy and are saved from having to pay for our own sins.
So therefore, John 3:18(KJV) divides the world into two groups, those who believe and those who believe not. Those who believe are not condemned and those who believe not are already condemned.
Romans 6:23(KJV): For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Remember, to believe on does not mean "Oh yeah, I've always believed in Jesus". It means a certain time in your life when you call upon the Lord to save you, when you put your trust in Jesus, to rely on him and depend on him to get you to heaven and to forgive your sins. The moment you put your trust in him is what the bible calls being "born again", because you are passed from death unto life. You were a lost sinner, condemned and on your way to Hell, now you have Jesus as your saviour and have been given the free gift of eternal life and are on your way to heaven.
John 3:3(KJV): Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 5:24(KJV): Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 1:12(KJV) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even them that believe on his name.
Romans 10:9-10(KJV): 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13(KJV): For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
If you would like to call upon the name of Jesus and receive him as your saviour you may pray something like this, realizing it is not mere words that save, but your faith in Jesus Christ.
Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I know I deserve to go to Hell. But I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and rose from the grave to pay for my sins. Please save me and take me to Heaven when I die. Amen
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