It was about three years ago that God opened my eyes to His gospel and I repented and placed my trust in Jesus Christ.
I was actually baptized around ten years ago as a teenager. At the time I was going through severe depression. The gospel I heard preached to me then was a life enhancing gospel. It was a message that was watered down in its content. The problem with this gospel was that it could not save me. It had only deceived me into thinking I was saved. Whether I realized it at the time or not, I was very works righteous. Inside I felt like a hypocrite because I could never be good enough.
It was three years ago when I listened to a sermon from a preacher on YouTube, talking about a God who was just and punished law breakers. I realized I had broken God’s law. The Bible says it is appointed unto man once to die, and then judgement (Heb. 9:27). I was aware that I would have to give an account to God for my sins. I also heard how this God who was both holy and just was also rich in mercy. He sent His very own Son, the God Man Jesus the Christ into the world. Jesus kept the laws that I broke and lived a life of obedience. He willingly sacrificed Himself on the cross and died to pay for my sins. The Bible says, “Greater love has no one than this, to lay down ones life for his friend” (John 15:13). God poured out His wrath on Jesus so it didn’t have to be poured out on me. Jesus not only died for my sins, but three days later rose again from the grave. The Bible says, “For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).
It was God’s kindness that led me to repentance.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” It was this gospel of grace that saved me. My sins were forgiven and God made me a new creature in Christ. That is why I am being baptized.