Step 1: Realize that you are dead in your sins.
Step 2: Answer God if he is calling you, because he will pursue you until you do.
John 6:44 - No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.
The classic Augustinian/Calvinistic view of salvation that I follow is that when Adam and Eve sinned, all of their children, us, were born in sin and cannot approach God unless blood is shed. It should be our blood, but God was merciful and sent a Substitute, the perfect permanent one, in Jesus Christ. He died for the sins of his church and now sends the Holy Spirit to change our hearts so that they can love him.
The Pelagian view, which I consider unchristian, is that Adam and Eve’s sin did not cast all their children into sin. We are born neutral and can made good, moral decisions to save us from our sins. Jesus did not die as our Substitute because we did not need one. He was simply a good, moral example of self-sacrifice.
Then, there’s the Arminian view, which is Christian. Men and women are born with original sin and must have Jesus die in their place in order to have a good relationship with God. But they can feely come to Jesus for their salvation without any coercion.
It’s Christian, and I count Methodists and Nazarenes who follow this view as brothers and sisters in Christ, but I don’t agree completely. We have wills, but they aren’t free. We can make decisions, but not for the Lord until the Holy Spirit changes our hearts so that we can truly love God for the wonder that he is.
So now, I turn to Simon Peter. He was a fisherman and a good Jew with no real direction. And then Jesus called him to be a disciple. He learned under Jesus for three years and then saw his master crucified, which was not supposed to happen to the Messiah, in his opinion.
On the night before Jesus was betrayed, Peter vowed that he would die with him. Then, three times, he denied he even knew Jesus. He also betrayed Jesus that night.
But here is the wonder of God’s mercy. When Jesus died on the cross, and you believe in him, then that death had your name on it. It didn’t made salvation possible for everyone but uncertain because of free will. It made a definite salvation for all that the father intended to save. And if you believe in Jesus as your Lord, then you have received that salvation.
Peter had received it. Here is John 21:15-25
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Peter thought he was done and went back to his meaningless and unsuccessful job as a fisherman. But Jesus lovingly showed him his sin, forgave him, and made him the leader of the disciples. Not only did he call Peter to be a disciple; he called him to salvation. And he wooed him until he followed.
Is Jesus calling you? Then he will have you. He will change your will and your heart so that you don’t love sin anymore and that you love him even more than you hate sin. He did it for me and is still doing it. This offer is open to you, too.
Found by Jesus
Instead of being lost in your sins
Salvation is definite
How could you reject such a salvation?