The most profoundly important question you will ever be asked in your entire life, a question for which you absolutely must have the correct answer, is the question that follows…

IF YOU WERE TO DIE TONIGHT, STAND BEFORE GOD, AND BE ASKED BY HIM, "WHY I SHOULD LET YOU INTO MY HEAVEN?"… HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER?

The Bible (Old and New Testaments) teaches that there is only one acceptable answer. In a nutshell, the answer is...

"I HAVE RECEIVED JESUS CHRIST AS MY PERSONAL SAVIOR (John 1:12), HAVING REPENTED OF MY SINS (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 26:20), AND AM TRUSTING GOD AND GOD ALONE TO FORGIVE ME OF MY SINS (Acts 10:43; Romans 8:1) BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR ME (Romans 5:8) AND THUS TOOK THE PUNISHMENT [THE HELL] MY SINS DESERVED" (1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).

(The Holy Bible references quoted below)
  • John 1:12 - But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
  • Acts 3:19 - Repent therefore and return that your sins may be wiped away…
  • Acts10:43 - …everyone who believes in Him (i.e. Jesus Christ) receives forgiveness of sins.
  • Acts 26:20 - The Apostle Paul declared that both Jews and Gentiles "… should repent and turn to God…
  • Romans 5:8 - God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Romans 8:1 - There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
  • 1 Peter 2:24 - …He Himself (Jesus Christ) bore our sins in His body on the cross that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
  • 1 Peter 3:18 - Christ died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God.



  • EXPANDED INFORMATION


    Concerning SALVATION, the Bible teaches… (* verses are quoted below)

  • Salvation (the saving of a soul from sin, death, eternal punishment, i.e. Hell) is necessary (Romans 3:10*, 23*; Isaiah 59:1-2*)
    • Heaven is a holy place for holy people (1 Peter 1:15-16)
    • No matter how good we may be, we are not good enough for a holy heaven (Isaiah 64:6*; Titus 3:5)
  • Salvation is through Jesus Christ and Him alone (John 14:6*; Romans 6:23*; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14)
  • Salvation cannot be earned (Ephesians 2:8-9*; Matthew 7:15-29)
  • Salvation is a gift (Ephesians 2:8-9*; Romans 6:23*)
  • Salvation is received by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9*; John 1:12*; 3:16*; Acts 16:31*)
    • "Faith" = "Believe" = "Receive"
      • Note: John 1:12*; 3:16*; Ephesians 2:8-9*
      • Faith, in effect, is being convinced of something or Someone to the point of action, commitment, (e.g., when you sit down in a chair as opposed to simply saying the chair will hold you)
        • Authentic faith includes: knowledge of the Gospel's facts, assent to the truth of them, trust in Christ Who accomplished them
        • Authentic faith is more than mere intellectual assent (Titus 1:16*; Luke 8:13; Hebrews 3:12; 1 Timothy 4:1; James 2:19*)
    • "Faith/believe/receive" = Repentance
      • Note: Acts 2:38; 3:19*; 5:30-31; 11:18; 20:21*; cf. Matthew3:2/John 1:7
      • Repentance is…
        • "A change of mind" (literally. an "afterthought," i.e. a different thought) in relation to the following:
          • One's sin (Luke 5:32; 15:7,10; Acts 2:38; 3:19*; 8:22*; Romans 3:23*; 6:23*; Isaiah 59:1-2*)
          • Jesus Christ (Luke 18:18-19; John 3:16*, 36*; 1 John 5:12*; Romans 5:8*; Acts 4:12*; 16:31*)
          • Salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9*; John 1:12*; 3:16*, 36*; 1 John 5:12*)
        • A change of mind that leads to "deeds worthy of repentance" (Acts 26:20*; Matthew 3:2, 8*)



    IN SUMMARY...

  • SALVATION IS RECEIVING JESUS CHRIST AS PERSONAL SAVIOR (John 1:12*), HAVING REPENTED OF ONE'S SINS (Acts 2:38; 3:19*; 26:20*), AND TRUSTING GOD AND GOD ALONE TO FORGIVE THOSE SINS (Acts 10:43*; Romans 8:1*) BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR ALL, (FOR ME) (Romans 5:8*) AND THUS TOOK THE PUNISHMENT [THE HELL] THOSE SINS DESERVED" (1 Peter 2:24*; 3:18*).
    • Salvation results in being clothed in the righteousness of God (Romans 5:17), justified, i.e. "declared righteous", or viewed by God "just-as-if-I-never-sinned" (Romans 3:24; 5:1*)
    • Salvation affects such a change in a believer's life that life's bent is forever after toward Righteousness**
      • 2 Corinthians 5:17*; 3:18*; 1 Peter 1:22-2:10; Ephesians 2:8-10*; 4:17-6:9; 1 Peter 4:3-4; John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26; Colossians 3:8-4:6; Romans 6:1-23; 12:1-21
      • While good works are not the ground of salvation and justification, they definitely are consequences of it (Ephesians 2:8-10*).
      • While God is always the object of faith, faith is often different in degree (Matthew 6:30*; 8:10*; Romans 4:19-20; 1:16-17*; Mark 9:24*) thus explaining the ebb and flow of a genuine believer's Christian life (Romans 7:15-25; Galatians 5:16-17*).

    (Selected quoted Bible verses which are referenced above…)
  • Isaiah 59:1-2 - Behold, the Lord's hand is not so short that it cannot save; neither is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God. And your sins have hidden his face from you, so that He does not hear.
  • Isaiah 64:6 - For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment…
  • Matthew 3:2, 8 - Repent…therefore bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance
  • Mark 9:24 - …the boys father cried out and began saying, "I do believe; help my unbelief."
  • John 1:12 - But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
  • John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
  • John 3:36 - He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
  • John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."
  • Acts 3:19 - Repent therefore and return that your sins may be wiped away…
  • Acts 4:12 - And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.
  • Acts 8:22 - Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.
  • Acts10:43 - …everyone who believes in Him (i.e. Jesus Christ) receives forgiveness of sins.
  • Acts 16:31 - And they (Paul and Silas) said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved…"
  • Acts 20:21 - (I the Apostle Paul was) "solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ."
  • Acts 26:20 - The Apostle Paul declared that both Jews and Gentiles "… should repent and turn to God…
  • Romans 1:16-17 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…
  • Romans 3:10 - As it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one…"
  • Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…
  • Romans 5:1 - Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…
  • Romans 5:8 - God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Romans 8:1 - There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 - But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory…
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold new things have come.
  • Galatians 5:16-17 - …walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
  • Ephesians 2:8-10 - FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH FAITH; AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD; NOW AS A RESULT OF WORKS, THAT NO ONE SHOULD BOAST. FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND, THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.
  • Titus 1:16 - They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient, and worthless for any good deed.
  • James 2:19 - You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
  • 1 Peter 2:24 - …He Himself (Jesus Christ) bore our sins in His body on the cross that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by his wounds you were healed.
  • 1 Peter 3:18 - Christ died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God.
  • 1John 5:12 - He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.



  • ** Speaking of the people of God, the late John Murray of Westminster Seminary wrote:

    "They are not perfect in holiness. But they have been translated from the realm of sin and death to that of righteousness and life. Sin is their burden and plague. Why? Because it is not their realm, they are not at home with it. It is foreign country to them (cf. 1 Peter 4:3-4). They are in the world, but not of it.

    They who are of the world are those who live in sin, in the realm of sin. They are those to whom holiness is abhorrent even though they may be able to keep up a good front before the church and the world. They do not hunger and thirst after righteousness. Their aspirations are not heavenly. They are not strangers and pilgrims on the earth, looking for the city which hath the foundations." (Works, 3:278-79)

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