How to have eternal salvation

Salvation as a gift

Salvation is a gift from God; however, God does not arbitrarily delve out eternal salvation. There are criteria that must be met in order to receive the gift of eternal salvation (eternal life).

Recognize sin

First, one must recognize one has sinned by transgressing God’s law. In Romans 3:10, the Bible says, “There is none righteous, no, not one” because “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This means we all have transgressed God’s law, “...for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). This makes us unrighteous sinners in God’s sight.

Realize the consequences

Next, one must realize what one deserves for sinning against God. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death...” (Romans 6:23a). And in another place, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). This means that we all deserve eternal damnation for transgressing God’s law.

Repent and believe

Last, one must receive God’s gift of eternal salvation (eternal life) by repenting and trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour. Jesus said, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). Again, Jesus said, “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). To “believe in him” means to receive his death as payment for one’s sins, believing that God raised him from the dead, three days later.

Received by faith

One does this by prayer. The Bible says, “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” (Romans 10:9). Why not, by faith, repent and pray to receive God's gift of eternal salvation by putting your trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour?

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