The purpose of this study is to see what God has said about salvation. Just reading these statements is not enough. Please take time to look up each Scripture references to see for yourself that the Bible really teaches these truths (Acts 17:11).
God is Holy (Isa. 6:3; 57:15; 1 Pet. 1:15; Rev. 4:8), and thus He is absolutely set apart and separated from all that is sinful (Isa. 59:2; Ps. 24:3-4; Isa. 6:3-5).
I am not holy, but a sinner (Rom. 3:10-18, 23), my heart is wicked and evil (Jer. 17:9-10), and I therefore cannot trust in my feelings or emotions.
Because I am not holy but a sinner, I deserve death (Rom. 1:28-32; 6:23), which involves eternal separation from God and eternal punishment by God, even the lake of fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41, 46; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:8).
THE GOOD NEWS:
But because of His marvelous love and mercy, God sent His beloved Son to offer salvation to the world (Jn. 3:14-18). Jesus, who is God (Jn. 1:1; Isa. 7:14; 9:6), and the Creator (Jn. 1:3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:1-2), died on the cross in my place, as my Substitute (Ps. 22; Isa. 53; Rom. 5:6-8; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:4; 1 Pet. 2:24; 3:18; 1 Jn. 2:2; 3:16; 4:10). He also rose again from the dead proving that God the Father was pleased and satisfied that my death penalty had been paid in full (1 Cor.15:4-20; Rom. 4:25).
When I believe that Christ is the Son of God, and place my trust in Him because of what He has done for me on the cross, the Bible says I am saved (Jn. 3:17; 10:9; Acts 2:21; 16:31; Rom. 10:9), I am born again (Jn. 1:13; 3: 1 Pet. 1:18-23), I am a child of God (Jn. 1:12).
I am not saved by works, but by the faith God graciously has given me (Eph. 2:8-9). However, the natural result is that I want to please Him and obey Him (Ps. 19:14; Matt. 28:18; Jn. 13:13; Acts 9:6; Rom. 10:9; Eph. 2:10; Jam. 4:7).
God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34); what He has done for me, He wants to do for you (2 Pet 3:9). Place your trust in Jesus today, so that you can join me in saying, "To God be the glory for the things He has done!"