The Bible teaches in Romans 1:16 that the gospel is the power of God for salvation. Salvation happens the moment we surrender and truly believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Salvation is a process that God works out in your life through the Holy Spirit. Confession, repentance, and belief in Jesus’ sacrifice, death, and resurrection are essential to salvation. It is a gift from a Holy God to an unholy people. This gift enables you and me to be rescued from the punishment that we deserve as sinners.
CHARACTER OF GOD
The Bible teaches that God is holy and set apart from all (1Samuel 2:2) and He is perfectly just and righteous in all His ways (Psalm 145:17; Deuteronomy 32:4). In 1 Peter 1:16, we are commanded to “be holy as God is holy”. Matthew 5:48 also commands us saying that “we must be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect.” God’s holiness and perfection is the standard by which we are measured as people seeking to be friends with God. We now know that God is holy and perfect. The question is, are we?
SINFULNESS OF MAN
God views sin in a legal manner (Colossians 2:14) the way the judicial system views guilt. God is the judge and we are either guilty (sinful) or not guilty (sinless). The truth is that we are all guilty of sin and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The Bible teaches that we are all born sinful by nature (Psalm 51:5). The Bible also teaches that we are sinful by choice (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:10-12). Because we are sinful both by nature and choice, justice for our crimes (sin) is necessary to fulfill God’s holiness. This justice, or penalty for sin, is death and without a way to pay that penalty, we are left eternally separated from God. But there’s hope in Jesus.
SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST
God, in His love, grace, and mercy has made a way of salvation. God sent His only Son (John 3:16) to die, paying the penalty of sin on our behalf and reconciling us back to a Holy God. This sacrifice that Jesus paid for us is complete. It never has to be redone.
REPENTANCE AND FAITH
The Bible teaches that anyone who confesses his or her sin before God, repents of that sin, and believes in Christ will be saved (Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38-39). Once we confess, repent, and believe, scripture teaches us that upon belief in Christ:
We have been made new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We have been given a new heart with new desires (Ezekiel 36:26).
The Holy Spirit abides in us (Ephesians 1:13-14).