How to accept christ as your savior

You can accept the free gift given to us by Jesus by praying to Him.

He offers that relationship freely and lovingly. “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. ” (John 1:12). Just like any free gift, you must receive it for it to be really yours.

How do you receive the free gift of Jesus Christ?

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. ” (Acts 16:31). We can receive Jesus Christ by personally inviting Him into our lives. Jesus said “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in. ” (Revelation 3:20).

If you would like to accept Jesus’ free gift and become a child of God, you can pray this prayer now.

“Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. I ask forgiveness for my sins and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for giving me the gift of eternal life. I want to turn and live a new life with you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior, congratulations! When you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to be your Savior, He comes into your life spiritually, and you become a child of God. “And this is the testimony: 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.” (1 John 5:11-12). You may or may not feel any difference right away, but if you truly have asked Christ to be your Savior, your sins are forgiven and you are a child of God.

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God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior involves an understanding of who Jesus is, what a Savior is, and what it means to accept Jesus as Savior.

Jesus Christ is often noted as a good person, yet the Bible declares He is much more. He is God in human form who came to live on earth (John 1:1). He lived, taught, performed miracles, suffered, died, and resurrected from the dead to prove He is Lord. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 the apostle Paul shared, “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”

A Savior is a rescuer, redeemer, or one who saves someone else. Jesus is Savior of the world in every aspect of this word. Jesus rescues us from sin and eternal punishment when we trust in Him by faith. He is a redeemer because He paid the cost of our sins through His death on the cross. He can save us because He has the power to forgive sins and the desire to save those who trust in Him.

To accept Jesus as your personal Savior is to acknowledge who Jesus is in your own life. It is to believe in Him. John 1:12 says: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 3:16 adds, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Are you willing to place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive this free gift of eternal life? If so, follow through with the decision right now. There is no special prayer you must pray to do so. However, the following prayer is one you can use to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior:

“Dear God, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Right now I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who died for my sins and rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life.”

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Question: “What does it mean to accept Jesus as your personal Savior?”

Answer: Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? To properly understand this question, you must first understand the terms “Jesus Christ,” “personal,” and “Savior.”

Who is Jesus Christ? Many people will acknowledge Jesus Christ as a good man, a great teacher, or even a prophet of God. These things are definitely true of Jesus, but they do not fully define who He truly is. The Bible tells us that Jesus is God in the flesh, God in human form (see John 1:1, 14). God came to earth to teach us, heal us, correct us, forgive us—and die for us! Jesus Christ is God, the Creator, the sovereign Lord. Have you accepted this Jesus?

What is a Savior, and why do we need a Savior? The Bible tells us that we have all sinned; we have all committed evil acts (Romans 3:10-18). As a result of our sin, we deserve God’s anger and judgment. The only just punishment for sins committed against an infinite and eternal God is an infinite punishment (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15). That is why we need a Savior!

Jesus Christ came to earth and died in our place. Jesus’ death was an infinite payment for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins (Romans 5:8). Jesus paid the price so that we would not have to. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead proved that His death was sufficient to pay the penalty for our sins. That is why Jesus is the one and only Savior (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)! Are you trusting in Jesus as your Savior?

Is Jesus your “personal” Savior? Many people view Christianity as attending church, performing rituals, and/or not committing certain sins. That is not Christianity. True Christianity is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior means placing your own personal faith and trust in Him. No one is saved by the faith of others. No one is forgiven by doing certain deeds. The only way to be saved is to personally accept Jesus as your Savior, trusting in His death as the payment for your sins and His resurrection as your guarantee of eternal life (John 3:16). Is Jesus personally your Savior?

If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, say the following words to God. Remember, saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. Only believing in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross for you can save you from sin. This prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your salvation. “God, I know that I have sinned against You and deserve punishment. But I believe Jesus Christ took the punishment I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I receive Your offer of forgiveness and place my trust in You for salvation. I accept Jesus as my personal Savior! Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness—the gift of eternal life! Amen!”

You can accept the free gift given to us by Jesus by praying to Him.

He offers that relationship freely and lovingly. “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. ” (John 1:12). Just like any free gift, you must receive it for it to be really yours.

How do you receive the free gift of Jesus Christ?

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. ” (Acts 16:31). We can receive Jesus Christ by personally inviting Him into our lives. Jesus said “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in. ” (Revelation 3:20).

If you would like to accept Jesus’ free gift and become a child of God, you can pray this prayer now.

“Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. I ask forgiveness for my sins and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for giving me the gift of eternal life. I want to turn and live a new life with you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior, congratulations! When you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to be your Savior, He comes into your life spiritually, and you become a child of God. “And this is the testimony: 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.” (1 John 5:11-12). You may or may not feel any difference right away, but if you truly have asked Christ to be your Savior, your sins are forgiven and you are a child of God.

Did you pray to accept Christ? Share with a Christian about this great decision!

God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Question: “Why is ‘accepting Christ’ mentioned in evangelism when it is not in the Bible?”

Answer: Ever since the New Testament era, Christians have found the need to coin new terms to simplify or explain various doctrines. We reference the Trinity and the protoevangelium, although neither term occurs in the Bible. While “accepting Christ” is not a phrase found in the Bible, it does have a biblical basis, just as Trinity does.

Jesus and His followers often called salvation and the subsequent indwelling of the Holy Spirit a “gift.” For instance, Jesus told the woman at the well, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10). Paul said, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

By definition, a gift is not forced—but it must be accepted. A gift can be refused. John the Baptist said of Jesus, “He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful” (John 3:32-33). The word accept here is a translation of the same Greek word translated “take” in Revelation 22:17: “Whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” “Take,” “accept,” “receive”—this is what we are to do with the free gift of God. Salvation is offered, but we must accept the offer in order to receive the gift. Since we do this by exercising faith in Christ, the phrase “accept Christ” is simply shorthand for saying “place faith in Christ and receive His salvation.”

The goal of using terms like “accept Christ” is to communicate the truth more effectively to someone with limited biblical understanding. As long as a term is theologically correct and aids understanding, it need not be part of the biblical vocabulary. If, during evangelism, a certain term causes misunderstanding, then it’s good to jettison the confusing term and patiently explain the truth from Scripture. While the phrase “accept Christ” does not appear in the Bible, the concept of receiving a gift does, and the phrase seems to works well in most evangelistic contexts.

The Apostle Peter stated at Acts 4:12: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Jesus said at John 14:6: ” I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through (by) me.”

The Apostle Paul at 1 Timothy 2:5-6 said: “5 For there is one God, and one Mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.”

Jesus said at John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

Jesus said at John 3:17-18 : “17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

At Romans 10:9 the Apostle Paul stated: “. . . if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

At John 11:25-26 Jesus said: “25 I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Jesus said at John 6:35 &37: ” I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and the man that comes to me I will never turn away.”

At John 17:3 Jesus said: ” This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

Jesus extends this invitation to all of us, at Matthew 11:28-29: “28 Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If not, do so now! Receive Him into your heart and let Him come into your life.

Suggested prayer: “Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending your only begotten Son to die for my sins. I thank you for redeeming me by His precious blood and forgiving me of my sins. I confess my sins and repent of my dead works, and I ask for a rebirth and a new beginning. I put faith in your Son, Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior. I know there is salvation in no other name, under heaven. I pray Lord Jesus that you will come into my life, and guide and direct me in all of your ways. I pray this prayer in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.”

If you have said this prayer, seek out a body of Christian believers for fellowship. Make sure that the church you attend believes in God’s Word (the Holy Bible) in its entirety and that its teachings are based on scripture. Follow through on your confession and commitment to Christ with water baptism, and if necessary the laying on of hands to receive the Holy Spirit. (Refer to Baptism/ Born Again Topic)

How to accept christ as your savior

What is the sinner’s prayer?

The sinner’s prayer is a Christian term for a prayer that is said when someone wants to repent of their sin, ask God for forgiveness, and state belief in the life, death, and saving resurrection of Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9-10 says that “if you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

The Salvation Prayer: Confessing Faith in Christ

Millions have come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ through church services, friends, and family leading them in a salvation prayer. However, it is not the words in a prayer that save us. Jesus Christ alone has the power to save through faith. J.D Greerer explains it well – “It’s not the prayer that saves; it’s the repentance and faith behind the prayer that lays hold of salvation. My concern is that over-emphasizing the prayer has often (though unintentionally) obscured the primary instruments for laying hold of salvation: repentance and faith.”

The four examples below of the sinner’s prayer can help you communicate with God that you repent of your sin, accept His forgiveness, and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

The Sinner’s Prayer (by Dr. Ray Pritchard)

Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.

If you have prayed this prayer in sincere faith, you may want to put your initials by the prayer along with today’s date as a reminder that you have come to Christ in faith, trusting him as your Lord and Savior.

Sinner’s Prayer From Scripture – (Psalm 51, King David)

“Have mercy on me, O God,
according to Your unfailing love;
according to Your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in Your sight,
so that You are proved right when You speak
and justified when You judge.
Surely I have been a sinner from birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me…
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me and I will be whiter than snow…
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
Then will I teach transgressors Your ways,
and sinners will turn back to You.

The Sinners Prayer (by John Barnett)

The following prayer expresses the desire to transfer trust to Christ alone for eternal salvation. If its words speak of your own heart’s desire, praying them can be the link that will connect you to God.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Pray This Prayer for Salvation:

Lord, I admit I am a sinner. I need and want Your forgiveness. I accept Your death as the penalty for my sin, and recognize that Your mercy and grace is a gift You offer to me because of Your great love, not based on anything I have done. Cleanse me and make me Your child. By faith I receive You into my heart as the Son of God and as Savior and Lord of my life. From now on, help me live for You, with You in control.
In Your precious name, Amen

Bible Verses about Salvation

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Titus 3:5
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit

Romans 10:9
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Acts 4:12
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Acts 16:30-33
Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.

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Question: “Why is ‘accepting Christ’ mentioned in evangelism when it is not in the Bible?”

Answer: Ever since the New Testament era, Christians have found the need to coin new terms to simplify or explain various doctrines. We reference the Trinity and the protoevangelium, although neither term occurs in the Bible. While “accepting Christ” is not a phrase found in the Bible, it does have a biblical basis, just as Trinity does.

Jesus and His followers often called salvation and the subsequent indwelling of the Holy Spirit a “gift.” For instance, Jesus told the woman at the well, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10). Paul said, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

By definition, a gift is not forced—but it must be accepted. A gift can be refused. John the Baptist said of Jesus, “He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful” (John 3:32-33). The word accept here is a translation of the same Greek word translated “take” in Revelation 22:17: “Whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” “Take,” “accept,” “receive”—this is what we are to do with the free gift of God. Salvation is offered, but we must accept the offer in order to receive the gift. Since we do this by exercising faith in Christ, the phrase “accept Christ” is simply shorthand for saying “place faith in Christ and receive His salvation.”

The goal of using terms like “accept Christ” is to communicate the truth more effectively to someone with limited biblical understanding. As long as a term is theologically correct and aids understanding, it need not be part of the biblical vocabulary. If, during evangelism, a certain term causes misunderstanding, then it’s good to jettison the confusing term and patiently explain the truth from Scripture. While the phrase “accept Christ” does not appear in the Bible, the concept of receiving a gift does, and the phrase seems to works well in most evangelistic contexts.

I have a question for you. Do you think Receiving Christ as Savior is just as powerful as Believing in Him?

The reason I say this is, because for an unbeliever it may make it easier for him to transition into Christ and feel welcomed into Heaven.

Just a thought I’ve been kicking around in my head.

Several points come to mind.

First, the expression “receiving Christ as Savior” is not found anywhere in the Bible. Some people speak of receiving Christ as one’s personal Savior. That too is not found in the Bible.

Second, Jesus is the Savior of the world (John 4:42; 1 John 4:14). That is who He is. He is not only the Savior of believers. He is the Savior of everyone in the sense that He has taken away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Sin is no longer a barrier for anyone to be born again. Jesus paid it all at Calvary. Nothing is left for us to pay. So to “receive Christ as Savior” does not make much sense. He is Savior. It makes no more sense to receive Him as Savior as it does to receive Him as Lord. He is Lord and Savior.

Third, the expression “receiving Christ” is found once, in John 1:12: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” Notice, however, that receiving Him is explained as believing in His name. Receiving does not explain believing. Believing explains what receiving Him means.

There is no other use of that expression in the Bible. In John 1:11-12 the contrast is clear. Most in Israel did not receive Jesus in the sense that they did not accept His teachings or His claim to be the Messiah and the Source of everlasting life. They rejected Him and His message. The remnant in Israel that did receive Him and His teachings were those who believed in Him for everlasting life (cf. John 11:25-27).

Fourth, when the questioner speaks of the joy someone would have if they realize he will be “welcomed into heaven,” he is not talking about us receiving Jesus. He is talking about Jesus receiving us. And, of course, He will. He is coming again to bring the kingdom to us, first on the Millennial Earth and then on the New Earth (Revelation 20-22).

Finally, the problem with asking an unbeliever to “receive Jesus” or to “receive Jesus as [personal] Savior” is that the person hearing that does not know what he needs to do. How does one receive the God Man?

I’ve met scores of people who thought we receive Jesus by inviting Him into our lives. But, of course, there is no promise that if we invite Jesus into our lives, we have everlasting life.

I personally invited Jesus into my life hundreds of times before I came to faith. I have met many people who invited him in many more times than I did until they too finally understood that the issue is believing in Him, not inviting Him in.

As a new believer on my college campus, I started sharing my faith. For a short time, before I saw the weakness in what I was saying, I asked people to invite Jesus into their hearts. I remember two incidents that cured me of that.

In one case, a young man prayed to receive Christ with me. That is, he invited Jesus into his life. The next week we met for follow-up. He told me that he had read the follow-up literature I’d given him and that he did not agree with it. The literature said that Jesus is the only way to God and only by faith in Him can one have everlasting life. This young man said he was Ba’hai and that he invited Jesus into his life because he knows that Jesus is a prophet and he wants all the prophets in his life. But Jesus is not the only way to God. He is not the Source of everlasting life. Thus ended our follow-up.

In another case, a young Catholic woman challenged what I was saying. “You are saying that if I say the magic words Jesus, come into my life, then I will be saved? Well, I invite Jesus into my life every time I take communion. And, not only do I invite Him in, but He comes in because I partake of the literal body of Christ.” Oops. I did not have an answer for her.

It is easy for people who believe in works salvation to invite Jesus in to their hearts. It is easy for superstitious people to invite Jesus in, thinking the more things they do, the better their chance will be that one of them was the right thing.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved ” (Acts 16:31). That is simple, just as John 3:16-18; 5:24; 6:35, 47; and 11:25-27 are all simple.