How To Be Saved

Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven:

  • John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

We are all sinners:

  • Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Everybody has done things that they shouldn’t have done (lied, stolen, etc.) which breaks God’s law:

  • James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

But no sin can get into Heaven, because it is a place of perfection and holiness, so if we try to get to Heaven based on our own good actions, none of us are good enough:

  • Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
  • Ecclesiastes 7:20 “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”

Because of our sin, we have to pay a penalty, which is death:

  • Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
  • Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

God is a righteous judge, and he has to punish all sin (this includes what we would see as more minor, such as telling a lie), just as he has to punish murderers and rapists. Because God is just we all have to be subject to the same judgement:

  • Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement:”

One day we will all stand before God and be judged. Any sin presented at this judgement means we have to be punished, which means being condemned to hell, as no sin can enter Heaven:

  • Revelation 20:11-15 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

In order to save us from our sin, God sent Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) to come to earth, die for us on the cross as a sacrifice for all of our sins past, present and future, be buried and raised again three days later:

  • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

Jesus paid our punishment for us:

  • Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Now we can enter Heaven without being condemned for our sin by accepting his free gift of salvation:

  • John 5:24 “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.”
  • Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”
  • John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

We stand before God the judge and Jesus takes the blame for us, and pays our debt so we can walk freely into Heaven:

  • 1 Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
  • 1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
  • 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Jesus took and paid our sins for us, and we are given his righteousness in return as a free gift without any good works being necessary for salvation. Jesus (the righteous) paid the penalty by his life to justify us (the unrighteous):

  • Romans 5:18 “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”
  • Romans 4:5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

This is the only way, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ today and you will see Heaven:

  • John 5:24 “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.”
  • Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

All you have to do is pray to God to accept Jesus covering your sin for you and believe in his death, burial and resurrection with all your heart:

  • Romans 10:9 “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.”

Salvation is not based on our good works or how good we live our lives:

  • Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
  • Philippians 3:9 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
  • Romans 3:28 “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
  • Galatians 2:16 “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
  • Titus 3:5-7 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Salvation is only by God’s grace through Jesus Christ.

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