The Bible teaches the message of salvation:
1. Repent – of our sin and sincerely pray to God, seeking His forgiveness.
2. Believe- Believe in God the Father, and believe in the Lord Jesus who paid the price for our sins, which we can never pay for ourselves.
3. Do good works – As led by the Spirit of God. God has preordained that we should walk in them. The works themselves do not provide salvation but are evidence that we believe and have Faith in God.
1. Repentance –
While each person is responsible for himself, for his own sin and repentance, we are born with a sin nature because of Adam and Eve’s sin. (Babies are not of an age of accountability and if a baby dies, he/she will go to Heaven.) Adam and Even were made in the image of God, because the spirit that lived in them was from God. Their bodies were made of the dust of the earth. When they sinned, the spirit within them died, thus bringing the sin nature into the human race.
“From then on, Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, because the kingdom from heaven is near!” -Matt 4:17
“But if you don’t repent, then you, too, will perish.” – Luke 13:3
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. –Romans 10: 9-10
Jesus paid the price for our sin with his Blood. We can never pay the price for our sin by ourselves.
But God demonstrates his love for us by the fact that the Messiah died for us while we were still sinners. Now that we have been justified by his blood, how much more will we be saved from wrath through him! –Romans 5:8-9
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
For I passed on to you the most important points that I received: The Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures—and is still alive!— 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For He is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2
Yet the time is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Indeed, the Father is looking for people like that to worship him.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23-24
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. – Romans 8:1-4
We don’t do works to receive salvation. Works are proof that we have already received the gift of salvation. Once we have believed God, we want to do his will.
In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not prove itself with works, is dead. But someone may say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without any works, and I will show you my faith by my works. –James 2:18
Jesus said, “If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” – John 8:24