I was born into a church-going family but we did not know about salvation. I never knew a person had to be saved to go to Heaven.
Growing up my parents taught me the importance of tithing, of being kind to other people in the Church and of keeping the Ten Commandments, but I knew nothing about God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Though I went to church every Sunday, I felt that something was missing. There had to be something more than just attending church!
I first heard the Gospel through my wife Daye. She was saved when she visited South Korea on her own in December 2014. When she came back to London, I could sense there was something different about her, but I wasn’t sure exactly what had changed. Gradually she started talking to me about the believers she had been with in Korea and what had transpired during her trip. Then she told me how she got saved. When reading Hebrews 10:11 she felt she could identify with the Old Testament priests who used to continually offer sacrifices which can never take away sins. As she pondered the verse more she realised it is by the death of our Lord Jesus that our past, present and future sins are taken away. Then she asked me: “If you were to die tonight, are you certain you would be in Heaven?” I had never been asked that question before. It made me stop and think. I realised I wasn’t certain at all.
A week went past and during the week I felt very troubled about my sins. My only hope was to have salvation through Him. No matter what I did, I could not seem to sort out my sins. I was worn out by a great burden on my heart. I felt that I needed to get saved as soon as possible before it was too late. I couldn’t live anymore like this in fear of hell, which I deserved because of my sins.
I wanted to be absolutely sure I was saved, so I started reading the book of Hebrews. After I read the whole book through, I went back again to chapter 9. There I read verse 12, which says “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” That’s when I was saved! I simply believed what the word of God said. I realised this is how I’m able to go to Heaven! In that moment I trusted in Christ as my Lord and Saviour. It was 15th March 2015.
We soon started to look for a New Testament assembly of Christians in London. Jonathan and Joy Black invited us to come to a gospel meeting in Bexleyheath in May 2015. Then in the same year, we got baptised and came into fellowship there.
When a person is saved, he or she is a new creature in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). Let me mention one small thing that happened in my new life. Before I was saved, I was greatly into fitness. I took all kinds of protein supplements. My target was to be like Arnold Schwarzenegger! But after getting saved, gradually all of that wasn’t important to me anymore. I realised I could only be satisfied in Christ.
There’s a verse in the Bible that has been a great encouragement and help to me:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20).
Mr Seongmin Jeon (Langford Village, Bicester)
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