(The Path to Eternal Salvation)
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
The Gospel of Jesus Christ. We now come to the heart of the matter (pun intended) which is the presentation of the core of Gospel message itself: how you can obtain the hope of eternal life that can be found in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the path forward. And how you can stand holy and blameless on that Great Day of Judgment, which is rapidly approaching!
All of the prior preparatory chapters have been leading up to this point; they have given you the elements of the gospel message in bits and pieces, but this chapter brings it all together, and it also lays out what Scripture says God expects from you if you choose to follow Christ on the path to eternal life. Then the next section of this book dives deeper into each step of the path.
To recap, you have read the truth that:
- There is a God, who created all things on earth and in heaven, and
- We are God’s creation, and
- You were created with an eternal spirit that lives forever, even after the body dies, and
- Man disobeyed God, and sin entered the world, and we now live in a cursed world, and
- We are all sinners and the punishment for sin is separation from God, and eternal death, and
- The great Day of Judgment is coming in which we all will stand before God to give an account of ourselves, and when all sin is judged and eradicated forever by God, and
- Jesus the man was (and is) God Himself in the flesh, and
- Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless perfect life, and
- Jesus willingly gave His life (for your sins) as He was crucified on the cross, and
- He rose again after three (3) days to eternal life
This chapter then adds and explains the final element in the gospel message:
- That you can be saved from the Judgment to eternal life with God through the forgiveness of sins by what Jesus did for you, by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.
God desires that we all have eternal life; for He desires that none perish (be lost) in judgment! This is because God loves you. So, God, out of His love, sent His one and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a virgin, to live a perfect sinless life as a man, while being both fully man and fully God, and to die on the cross as full payment for your sins.
God then raised Christ up from the dead after three days to everlasting life, so that all those who believe in and call on the name of Christ can be saved from death in sin and raised up to eternal life, having their sins forgiven by the payment of the blood of Christ shed on the cross. Christ died for you; Christ took your place. Christ made an atoning sacrifice for you.
God’s justice on sin can be satisfied for you. This is what Jesus has provided a way for – allowing you to stand in (be covered by) His perfect righteousness, so you can stand blameless before God. You “put on” Jesus’s holy, sinless, blameless righteousness by believing in Him. Amazing! In effect, you will be clothed in His righteousness! God offers salvation as a free gift to all who come to Him and believe in His Son Jesus Christ.
The gate to heaven is called narrow (strait, difficult) because there is only one way in, and you will have to stop pursuing the things of this world and your own selfish, lustful desires and sins, and pursue the things of God, to enter through the gate. The “easy” way is to simply go on sinning as you always have, without regard for God or others, and that also is the worldly, popular way. “Get what I can get now, by any means possible, for I only care about myself. And when I die, so what…it’s just all over”. But that broad way leads to death, and it is an eternal death.
Now what, or more properly Who, is the narrow gate? That gate is the Son of God, the God Man Jesus Christ.
You can only be saved from the coming judgment by God by having someone pay your penalty for sin, which is death; there is nothing you can do to earn, work off, or pay this yourself. Someone needs to make atonement for you to God; this someone must be perfect, without sin (holy and blameless) before God. Atonement means making payment for, or making reparations for, all the wrongs (sin) you’ve committed. Friend, as the prior chapter(s) have explained, you simply cannot do that yourself, for we are all sinners!
Accepting Jesus Christ as your own personal Lord and Savior is the only way designated by God for all men to obtain eternal life. There simply is no other way to heaven, despite the MANY false/popular teachings of man and the myriad of mysticism, religions and man-made schemes that abound in the world! There is no other name given under which men can be saved; He also is the only mediator between man and God.
This forgiveness of sin is a (free) gift of God, obtained only through faith in Jesus Christ, and not by any works anyone can do for themselves. The Lord Jesus Christ is God with God the Father and the Holy Spirit as part of the holy Trinity. God offers this forgiveness of sin and this gift of eternal life freely and willingly to all who choose to receive it.
“The Way” to eternal life is through your professed belief in Jesus as Lord, your confession and repentance of your sins, your being baptized, followed by your obedience to Christ’s commands as written in the New Testament, and persevering in faith until death.
Jesus Christ gave is life willingly (as a sacrificial lamb) on the cross for you, as a sacrifice in death, while He Himself was completely innocent and sinless, as payment for your sins (and the sins of all who call on His name!).
It is through Christ’s death, and subsequent resurrection on the 3rd day, that you will be able to stand before the Lord God on judgment day and justified (be declared “not guilty”, righteous, without sin) before God, and worth to enter heaven for all eternity. Christ’s righteousness is counted as your own! What that means is that God will place Christ’s righteousness on you, cover you with it as a white garment so to speak, so your sins are erased and completely forgotten as far as the east is from the west (as if they never occurred), and declare you “not guilty” of sin, and therefore not deserving of the punishment, which is death.
There’s nothing anyone can “do” to “achieve” or “work” or “be good enough” or “be religious enough” or “be spiritual enough” to be called blameless, sinless, righteous and holy in God’s eyes.
Remember also that simply going to church, being a “good” person, doing “good” deeds, performing religious rituals or other man-made schemes will not save you. You have already read about this and that God views sin much more harshly than we do.
It is only through the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross that you can be declared “not guilty” of sin on judgment day.
On that great Day of Judgment, you must be able to stand righteous and sinless (blameless) before God; for nothing sinful can enter into heaven. On that day, God will judge each man (and woman) for their sin(s) they have committed; anyone found “guilty” will be sentenced to the punishment for sin, which as we’ve seen is eternal death.
Even just one little teeny-tiny sin you’ve ever done has separated you from God. Remember it is God’s standard of perfect holiness that you are going to be judged against, not what we think should be the standard for measuring sin and its penalty
Also know that after Jesus was resurrected, He ascended into heaven and Christ is right now this very minute ruling and reigning, seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven. Note: despite false teachings to the contrary, we are now in the “millennial reign” of Christ; the teaching that there is a literal “one-thousand year” reign of Christ on earth in the future is false, and not supported by Scripture. Be not deceived – Christ is ruling and reigning right now!
The gospel message is open to all! Seek knock and you will find! Come all who are thirsty! God desires that none be lost (in judgment). If you find these words stirring on your heart please don’t ignore that. That is a sign that God is calling out to you, right here, and right now. For it is written, “now [today] is the day of salvation”!
That is written to remind you that there may not be a “tomorrow” for you (me, or any of us). I urge you therefore to take it very seriously today if you feel God calling you or moving in your heart. Don’t harden your heart to that calling; such hardening is the result of pride. Come to God in humility and receive His wonderful gift of eternal life with Christ in heaven, offered through God’s love, lovingkindness, grace & mercy.
And friend, if you’ve read this far, it’s right here, right now, at this very place in the book that you face the greatest danger. Know that the way forward, to life, takes courage, strength, boldness and perseverance! You will face ridicule, taunting, insults, jokes against you and other persecution and even tribulation(s) for going forward in the way to life. But forward in courage you must go – if you want eternal life with God and His Christ Jesus!
It’s right here you can decide to reject all this “God and Jesus stuff” as “nonsense” and say: “the heck with it all,” stop reading and turn back, thinking to yourself “I’m just going to live my life how I want to – and when I die, I die. That’s it; it’s all over to nothingness!”
Friend that just isn’t the case! All of us will stand before the Lord God on that great Day of Judgment! It doesn’t matter if you think so or not to be brutally honest with you.
So, what do you do now? Do you still continue on denying that God even exists? Do you continue on in sin, and take the broad way to destruction, or do you choose to accept the gift of eternal life, through the narrow gate that is Jesus Christ? And it’s at this very moment also that you are most likely to make up excuses for not believing, for continuing in your own way, however you want.
Friend, I’ve been there. I’ve told myself whatever lie or excuse I wanted to do so I could continue how I wanted to. Maybe you’re trapped in an addiction like I was. It doesn’t really matter what kind, they are all the same at the core: lack of hope combined now with chemical dependency. In my case it was alcohol addiction, but any addiction will do the same thing. You’re only fooling yourself!
It’s also at this time you, if you decide to keep going, and decide to accept Christ, that you will almost certainly come under the most ferocious (spiritual) attack of your life. Others will try to talk you out of it. They will try to tell you this is all “garbage,” “sheer nonsense,” and taunt you saying “why are you stupid enough to believe this stuff?” You will even try to talk yourself out of believing this stuff! I’ve been there friends, you can’t tell me otherwise.
It is written that many will consider the message of this book (and the gospel) to be “foolishness” – you will have to decide for yourself whether it is foolishness, or truth.
While it always seems to be popular and “fashionable” for man to be part of the “rebels” (the “resistance”) in this particular (spiritual) war, and for the battles you will face, it is eternally wiser to be part of the “saints”; for they will prevail. Indeed, He has already prevailed/overcome for the saints, as you will soon read.
Your path forward is to start to “fear the Lord”, for that is the beginning of all wisdom; you will then start to see the truth (which is outlined in this book). Without a healthy fear (which means respect, awe, honor, acknowledgment, obedience) of the Lord, you will remain simply a sinful, prideful, lustful man, destined for judgment, with the penalty of eternal death.
You will find that in nearly all cases relating to the spiritual war we are engaged in with the forces of evil/darkness, it is the “popular” opinion and majority opinions of man that are actually the wrong way; following the herd will lead you to eternal death. The “popular” or trendy ways of man lead to death and destruction; for it is written: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
So, eternal life (salvation) is a gift from God; it is offered freely. It cannot be bought, earned or purchased by anyone, through deeds (works), actions, money, wealth or power. It is freely offered to all men and women, everywhere who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. But since it is a gift, you must choose to accept it!
It’s a huge step you are about to make. The biggest step of your life in fact. But friend, it will change your life forever – but in a good, no great, way! So, hopefully you will now be asking: “So how do I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior?”
The road to final eternal life is clearly laid out in the Bible; it involves all of the following:
- You Must Be Born Again (Accepting Christ) – This is the very first step in the path to eternal salvation. When you are born-again, you have your sins forgiven by the blood of Christ on the cross. No one can earn forgiveness through “good works” or by simply being “good and moral enough”; forgiveness is a gift of God through the atoning sacrificial death of God’s only begotten Son Jesus Christ. To be born-again, one must:
- Believe in Jesus: placing your faith, trust and hope in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior,
- Repent of Your Sins: genuinely turn away from your sinful behaviors,
- Confess Christ: verbally as your Lord,
- Be Baptized: for the forgiveness of sins, by immersion in water.
- Obedience to Christ – Once born-again, you must submit yourself to Christ (and thereby the will of God) and be obedient to the commands of Christ as given in the New Testament of the Bible. Please also know that we are not under the Old Testament Mosaic Law/Ten Commandments given to the ancient Hebrews at Mt. Sinai – the Mosaic Law was fulfilled by Christ and nailed to the cross and is no longer in effect in this New Testament church age. We are now under the New Testament law of Grace. Part of obedience is proving your faith through works, exactly as Scripture states; we are following in the examples set by Noah, Abraham, Moses and others who proved their faith genuine through their works (actions). An idle profession of faith is not pleasing to God and is not a saving faith.
- Perseverance in Faith – And finally, you must persevere in faith, even in the face of trials and tribulations, unto death.
You will hear much disagreement on the above list but be not deceived. Please don’t just believe whatever you hear commonly taught or preached as actual Biblical truth without fully cross checking it with Scripture. And please don’t even take what I write as truth. Go check Scripture for yourself and determine the truth! It doesn’t matter if you hear differently from the man on a street corner or someone in a position of authority with lots of initials and abbreviations placed before and after their name in an expensive tailored suit in a fancy pulpit at a large and famous church – the Bible is the final Word (pun intended).
Each of the above items is covered in more detail in subsequent chapters, with supporting Scripture that shows where they are delineated and defined in the Bible. Please know that this list is not something that I just made up out of thin air! They are not “my opinion” on the matter – they are specified in Scripture, the Holy Word of God Himself.
And as much as I would like to only focus on delivering the truth, we must also at the same time confront widespread error, to avoid being deceived.
As mentioned earlier in this book, the way to eternal life is fraught with peril, with traps, land-mines, dead-ends, false short-cuts, side paths to nowhere (death), dark alleys of man-made false-teachings galore and other snares and pitfalls; these are laid up in front of you nearly every step along the way, like a giant obstacle course!
Scripture refers to these as “snares” laid in front of you to try to keep you from your goal, which is to be with Christ for eternity. Always remember, we are in a spiritual war. Your enemy, the devil and his forces and followers, are trying to stop you!
These snares do not stop after you accept Christ, in fact, they seem to intensify! You will also face a mind-boggling, bewildering array of false teachings from many so-called “Christian” groups.
Why? Because you’ve now moved to the front-lines of the war where the battle is being fought. You may still be turned out of the strait and narrow path towards eternal life, and even if not, you may be hindered in helping others find and follow that path.
So, before we continue, I do want to call your attention to a few false teachings in particular which are widely taught and preached today in nearly all denominations, churches, pulpits and books:
- The “Sinner’s Prayer”: Contrary to popular belief (and even the teachings of many Christian pastors), you are not “saved” by simply saying a magical set of words (usually called the “sinners’ prayer”), that you speak once and then somehow you are magically saved forever without anything more involved and regardless of how you live the rest of your life. This teaching is not in Scripture anywhere! At best the “sinner’s prayer” that you may be led to speak by your church or pastor is only a way to help you verbalize steps 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 listed above, although nowhere does the Bible prescribe a certain set of words that must be used. And most importantly, you must also realize that the “once saved always saved” false teaching often accompanies this sinner’s prayer false teaching; the two false teachings usually go together hand-in-hand. In fact, when someone says they are “saved”, that is actually not the best way of saying it. It would be better to say they “accepted Christ”, “became a believer”, or “were born-again”. You will not be “saved” to eternal life until you also die abiding in Christ.
- “Once Saved Always Saved”: Another popular false teaching today is that “once saved you are always saved no matter what” (sometimes called the “perseverance of the saints” by Calvinists). In this false teaching it is viewed that your (final eternal) salvation occurred at an instant of time, when you first accepted Jesus. As mentioned, this false teaching usually follows right on the heels of the “sinner’s prayer” false teaching! This is also not in agreement with Scripture, for the Bible clearly and repeatedly warns that you can “fall away” (apostatize), “backslide,” “turn back” from your faith, or quit the faith – even after you are born-again. While it is true that God will never forsake or leave you, Scripture is clear that you can still choose to leave/quit Him, and that many will do just that even after being born-again! Very candidly, this teaching is doubly wrong, as you will soon read. Not only are you not “saved” to eternal life when you are born again, you have not yet received eternal life. This brings us to the next false teaching:
- “The Only Goal Is Being Born-Again”: Right on the heels of the “once saved always saved” false teaching, comes this false one. Contrary to popular/modern teachings, being “born-again” is not your ultimate and final goal – which is eternal (final) salvation with God in heaven. Coming to accept Christ and being born-again is simply the very first step of placing your faith and trust in Christ. Being born again represents your initial salvation and the moment of forgiveness of sins at your baptism. However, the way of a true Christian continues on throughout the remainder of their life in obedience and perseverance, resulting in final eternal salvation. In fact, coming to accept Christ and being born-again is only the first step in eternal (final) salvation – although it is by far the most important step! Christianity isn’t a one-time prayer…sure it often starts that way, in an instant when you see the light and decide to accept the truth of Christ…but Christianity is a way of life until death. The expression you were “saved” is a bit of a misnomer the way people say and mean it; for while your sins have been forgiven when you accept Christ, you aren’t “saved” at an instant in time. Your salvation is an ongoing process from the time you accept Christ and are born-again through obedience and perseverance all the way until your death; this is called sanctification – being made to conform to the image of Christ. You do not complete this until after death.
- “By Faith Only”: This popular false teaching claims that you are saved automatically to eternal life by your profession of faith only, regardless of how you act or live subsequently. Scripture is clear that your faith is “proven” by and through your continued obedience to Christ which therefore must produce action along with perseverance unto death. An idle faith is not a saving faith, for “faith without works is dead.” A dead faith will not lead to eternal salvation! To support this false teaching, Paul’s writing in the letter to the Ephesians 2:8-10 is widely distorted and taken out of context. [In a small side note: Many of these same false teachers also argue about whether faith or grace is the gift of God specified in those same verses; they do not seem to realize that the “gift” is salvation, not faith or grace!]
- “Predestination”. Many adherents to the Calvinism (i.e. “Reformed Protestantism) set of (false) doctrines think that God chose certain people to be saved and other people for damnation before the world began, so therefore your destiny is completely out of your own control and free-will choice. According to this false teaching, God apparently has pre-chosen people like you would program robots ahead of time. This however is just one of the many false teachings of the man-made framework of Calvinism. Each person is born sinless (not in “original” or inherited sin, which is yet ANOTHER false teaching), comes to an age of accountability where they understand right from wrong (and sin), and then must decide/choose to accept Jesus for salvation, or not. We will all be personally accountable for our own sin/sinful actions. God gave each person free will; coming to accept or reject God is a free-will choice of each person, not a predetermined selection of God, before you were born. God will not condemn you to hell, those who end up there went there of their own choice! God, while ultimately sovereign, does not override your free-will choice. Because salvation is a gift from God does not negate each person’s responsibility to either accept or reject God, through Jesus Christ.
Geesh, I hope you are starting to see the daunting task you will be facing in seeking actual Scriptural truth as opposed to man-made opinions, schemes and frameworks! Jesus warned explicitly warned of this very thing:
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. – Acts 20:28-30
This is one of the main reasons I wrote this book, as I had to sort through all these false-teachings myself. There is a whole chapter (Beware the Wolves) devoted to these (and many other) false teachings, as they are widely shouted, taught, preached and published today by nearly all Christian denominations, and pastors, and books unfortunately (at least in America).
Jason Jackson has written about this in a most excellent way, regarding a “Christian” tract that was being handed out to him. The tract was from a well-meaning “independent of any denomination, Bible-based in every part of ministry, soul-winning and missions minded, and distinctively Christian” salvation tract that was being handed out, on which it was written that you are eternally saved by just saying a simple “sinner’s prayer”. In examining the tract, he wrote:
Two ladies walked up the driveway. They handed me a small, tri-folded brochure that contained the service times of their church group. It advertised the religious group as being “independent of any denomination, Bible-based in every part of ministry, soul-winning and missions minded, and distinctively Christian.” The tract claimed that the religious body is “an old fashioned, independent, Baptist Church that believes, preaches, and practices the Bible.”
Their claims to being Bible-based, however, are negated in that section of the tract titled, “How to have a home in Heaven.” Four points are designed that, supposedly, guide one to salvation. Unfortunately, the teaching is hardly “independent of any denomination … and distinctively Christian.”
Some may object to this review, saying that it is neither friendly nor loving. But Paul asked on one occasion, “So then am I become your enemy because I tell you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16).
The loving thing to do is to tell the truth. We must not judge people superficially or hypocritically (Mt. 7:1), but we are required by God to evaluate what we hear, “handling aright the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). The truth will set us free; error will cause us to be lost (Jn. 8:32; 2 Tim. 2:18).
So what does the tract say about “How to have a home in Heaven”? Here are the points and scriptures that are discussed — just as they appear in the tract.
- All have sinned. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
- The penalty for sin is death and hell. “For the wages of sin is death….” “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death” (Rev. 20:14).
- Jesus died to pay for our sins. “But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).
- Trust Jesus as your Savior and your only hope for Heaven. “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” (Rom. 10:9). “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13).
After making these four points, the following conclusion was given:
“Pray a simple prayer to God, from your heart, such as the following: ‘Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. If I were to die today, I would deserve to go to hell to pay for my sins. I believe that you came to earth, lived a perfect life, and died on a cross to pay for my sins. I believe that you arose from the grave, and I ask you to forgive my sins. I am trusting only You to take me to heaven. Thank you for saving me, Jesus. Amen.’”
A Kindly Response
Like the Bereans of Acts 17:11, let us examine the Scriptures to see whether these things are so.
While allegedly pointing people to heaven, there is nothing said about repentance. But Jesus said, “Except you repent you shall all likewise perish” (Lk. 13:3). And Paul declared that God commands men everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30). If God commands it, can we ignore it, and still be faithful teachers of his Word?
There is no mention of baptism in this section. But Paul was urged to arise, be baptized, and wash away his sins, “calling on his name” (Acts 22:16). Peter preached, “Repent ye, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, unto [to obtain] the remission of your sins” (Acts 2:38). The apostles taught that baptism is essential for salvation because Jesus had said, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved” (Mk. 16:16). Can we teach less than what Jesus taught?
There is not a single example in the New Testament where the non-Christian was instructed to pray for salvation. There are many examples, however, when believers were baptized for the forgiveness of sins.
Error is often mixed with truth. The devil himself quoted the Scriptures (cf. Mt. 4:6). There are a number of truths within this tract. Every verse is true, because they are quotations from the Bible. But one must consider all that the Bible says about salvation if he is going to obtain a home in heaven.
“The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever” (Psalms 119:160.
[Ref: Jackson, Jason. “How to Go to Heaven — Sincere, but Wrong.” ChristianCourier.com. Access date: May 31, 2018. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1183-how-to-go-to-heaven-sincere-but-wrong]
Now therefore, let us proceed on the correct path of life and eternal salvation…keep reading!
False Teaching(s) You Will Encounter:
- Everyone will ultimately be saved regardless of who or what they believe in (or if they don’t believe in anything), “Universalism”
- Baptism isn’t required to be born-again (along with related bizarre teachings about how baptism is to be performed)
- Saying the “sinner’s prayer” “saves” you forever to eternal life, no matter how you live your life thereafter (i.e. even if you don’t repent and lead a changed life, nor are obedient to Christ, nor prove your faith through works, nor persevere in faith unto death)
- You are saved by “faith only”
- A Christian is “once saved always saved” no matter what they do or how they live the rest of their life
- A Christian cannot “fall away” from the faith
- Being “born-again” is the only required step one has to take for eternal life (i.e. obedience, works and perseverance are not required)
- Some were “predestined” to eternal life by God, some to eternal death – and no-one has a choice in the matter
- Calvinism (“original sin”, total depravity, perseverance of the saints, limited atonement, etc, etc…). Nearly everything about Calvinism is wrong and not in agreement with Scripture.
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. – Luke 11:9-10
“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.” – Proverbs 8:17
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. – James 4:8
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” – Matthew 5:6
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. – Romans 10:11-16
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23-24
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. – Hebrews 5:6
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – John 3:16-18
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My [Jesus] word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” – John 5:24-29
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him [you] up on the last day.” – John 6:35-40
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” – John 14:6
“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. For David says of Him,
‘I saw the Lord always in my presence;
For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.
‘Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted;
Moreover my flesh also will live in hope;
Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades,
Nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
‘You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.’
“Brethren, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. And so, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne, he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay. This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says:
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’
Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. – Acts 2:22-42
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:6-8
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen. – Galatians 1:3-5
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
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, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:12-13
For He [Jesus] was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. – 1 Peter 1:20-21
“I [Jesus] am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] came that they [you] may have life, and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10
But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He [God] would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. – Romans 3:21-26
Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. – 1 Peter 1:18-19
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit. – 1 Peter 3:18
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. – 1 Timothy 2:5-6
[Note: this verse specifically says that Jesus is the only mediator between man and God – not Mary or other humans, or the dead, or angles, or false spirits, or idols, or men, or “religions.” Also, we are not to pray to Mary; this is a false teaching of Popery.]
Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” – John 4:13-14
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” – John 7:37-38
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. – Revelation 22:17
And working together with Him [Jesus], we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain— for He says,
“At the acceptable time I listened to you,
And on the day of salvation I helped you.”
Behold, now [today] is “the acceptable time,” behold, now [today] is “the day of salvation.” – 2 Corinthians 6:1-2