What does the Bible say about salvation?
1. We can know for sure we are going to heaven
1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”
2. Salvation is Gods free gift through the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God Not of works, lest any man should boast”
3. Biblical Salvation hinges on three things:
A. Repent ~ Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” Luke 13:3 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” To repent simply means that you “change your mind”. It is a mental change (understanding) that you are not good enough to earn heaven and your sin has separated you from God.
B. Believe on Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection. Romans 10:9-10 “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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”
C. Receive the free gift of salvation. John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” According to the Bible if you go to the Lord in prayer, call on His name with a believing and repenting heart you can be saved today. 2 Corinthians 6:2 “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”