There is one God, Creator of everything (Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Revelation 4:11). He is three Persons in one Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 1 John 5:7). God has given us all the spiritual knowledge we need in the Bible, His inerrant, infallible Word, which He has preserved for English-speaking peoples as the King James Version (Psalm 12:6-7; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16). His Word tells us:
-All men are sinners, by nature and by action (Romans 3:10-11, 23; Romans 5:12).
-God’s justice and holiness demand complete payment for sin (Psalm 5:5; Isaiah 59:2). Good deeds can never cancel sins—in God’s eyes, our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).
-God’s love and mercy want sinners to have restored fellowship with Him (Isaiah 1:18; Ephesians 2:4-5).
-Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God’s way for sinners to come back to Him (John 14:6). Jesus came to earth and was born of a virgin, fully man and fully God (John 1:1, 14; Matthew 1:23). He lived a sinless life, then willingly took on the sins of every person who ever has or will be born (1 Peter 2:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:28). God’s justice was satisfied when Jesus, a perfect man sacrificing Himself for imperfect sinners, died an excruciating death by Roman crucifixion (Acts 2:23; Romans 4:25). After three days, Jesus was resurrected and came back to life by His own power, proving His victory over sin and death (Luke 24:1-7; Acts 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:17, 55-57). Forty days later, Jesus ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for those who believe in Him (Acts 1:3, 9; Romans 8:34; 1 Peter 3:22).
-All who place their faith in Christ’s sacrifice become God’s children and are seen as perfect by God (Romans 8:1, 14-16; Philippians 3:9). The blood of Jesus washes away the sins, past, present, and future, of those who trust Him (Colossians 1:14, 20; Hebrews 9:14). Placing total faith in Christ’s work is called conversion (Acts 3:19), salvation (Acts 4:12), redemption (Revelation 5:9), and rebirth (John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23), among other terms. At the very moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer, giving understanding of the Word of God and growing the believer into the likeness of Christ (Galatians 4:6; John 16:13-14).
-Salvation is by grace through faith, not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is not contingent on good works, either before or after salvation (Galatians 2:16; 3:3). Believers are eternally secure on the sole basis of Christ’s work (John 10:28-29). While all believers will continue to struggle with sin until they die, true faith will produce a desire to obey God (1 John 1:8-9; Romans 7:18-25). Baptism by immersion is a step of obedience that openly identifies the believer with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (“putting on” Christ), but it is not a part of salvation in any way (Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Peter 3:21).
-The church is a local assembly of believers under biblical leadership (1 Corinthians 14:33; 1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 4:11). The family of God is the entire number of all believers, past, present, and future (Ephesians 3:15).
-All believers will spend eternity with God in heaven (1 John 2:25; 1 Peter 1:4). All who reject Christ’s work will spend eternity in hell, separated from God (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).
-Someday Christ will descend from heaven, and all believers, dead and living, will be caught up to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52). The world will immediately enter God’s judgment, known as the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 6:15-17). The believers who have been taken up to heaven will be judged and rewarded according to their service for Christ (1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). At the end of seven years, Christ will return to earth and set up a physical kingdom for a thousand years, followed by the defeat of Satan and his followers (Revelation 20:1-15). After the final judgment, unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire (the second death) (Revelation 20:14-15; Revelation 21:8). God will create a new heaven and new earth (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1). Believers will spend eternity with Christ (John 14:2-3).
What About You?
What do you believe? Have you been redeemed by the blood of Christ? Will you spend eternity with Him in heaven? If not, His invitation is open. All He requires is that you acknowledge that you are a sinner who has fallen short of God’s perfect standard, and that you cannot save yourself. (The Bible calls this “repentance,” or turning from your own way.)
Once you’ve admitted your sin and inability to please God, believe Jesus died in your place so you could be restored to God. Believe He rose from the dead and is alive today, and place your faith in His work alone. Then call on His name, telling Him you trust His work and want Him to save you. He has promised that “whosoever cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)
“As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one; There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” (Romans 3:10-11)
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“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” (Romans 5:12)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)
“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.” (John 3:16)
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Romans 5:8-9)
“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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7)
“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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
After salvation, read the Bible and find a church that teaches the whole Word of God. This doesn’t make you any “extra saved,” but it is obedience to God and it will help you to grow in your faith. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
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