Salvation and Eternal Life

For Christians the main truth in their religion is the belief that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah and as Peter said “…the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16) Since Adam and Eve’s first rebellion against God, mankind has been separated from Him. Man was of an earthly nature and predestined to earthly desires (sinful) until Jesus came to give us salvation and eternal life by dying on the cross to pay our sin debt.  The Old Testament gives us at least two very familiar stories of how wretched man had become, so much so that God wiped out mankind – the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the great flood where God wiped out everyone but for Noah’s immediate family. This is the keystone of the Christian foundation. Everything else is built upon this belief stated in John 3:16For God so loved the world He gave His only Son so that whosoever shall believe shall have life everlasting.” Every Christian knows this verse. This was the only way God could reconcile mankind back to Himself, this through baptism, the dying of the old earthly self and the re-birth of our souls with the Holy Spirit living inside of us.

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.  John 6:25

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”  Romans 1:16

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.2 Corinthians 7:10

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”  1 Peter 2:1-3

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” 

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:1-7

 

These are just a few of the scriptures that the Bible tells us about the foundational truth of salvation.  There are many more in the New Testament.

These Christian Truths are continued in: “Basic Christian Truths

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