Where will you spend eternity?
1. The bad news: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23)
Sin is breaking God's law. If you have ever lied, stolen anything, hated anyone, committed adultery, fornication or murder, you have sinned. God will punish sin by everlasting separation from God in the lake of fire.
"For the wages of sin is death" (Rom 6:23a)
"death and hell were cast into the lake of fire" (Rev 20:14b)
Until all your sins are forgiven and you are saved, you are under God's damnation.
2. The good news is that Jesus Christ loved us so much that He was crucified to pay for all our sins on the cross and rose from the dead.
"I declare unto you the gospel ... how that Christ died for our sins ... and that he rose again the third day" (1 Cor 15:1-4)
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom 5:8)
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins" (Eph 1:7a)
"Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood" (Rom 3:25a)
You must believe that Jesus Christ is God Almighty, Creator.
"Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God" (John 20:28b)
"by him were all things created" (Colossians 1:16b)
Jesus said, "if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." (John 8:24b)
You must believe that you can never be good enough to earn salvation.
"There is none righteous, no, not one" (Rom 3:10b)
"there is none good but one, that is, God." (Mark 10:18b)
Salvation is a gift given freely by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. You cannot earn or work for a gift else it is not a gift. Good works, sacraments, church membership or attendance, baptism, religious rituals will not help you. You must repent from trusting in these. Trust only in Christ's blood payment for your sins.
"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." (Rom 4:5)
"the foundation of repentance from dead works" (Heb 6:1b)
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works" (Eph 2:8-9)
You must repent of belief in any other God, gods, idols or false religions.
"God ... commandeth all men every where to repent:" (Acts 17:30b)
You must believe that there is no other way to salvation.
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6b)
The only way to be saved is to believe in Jesus Christ and His blood payment for your sins.
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31b)
"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already" (John 3:18a)
Any attempt to earn salvation through works is to mock and despise His great sacrifice.
"They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him" (Titus 1:16a)
3. To be saved, believe that you have sinned and are justly under God's damnation (ungodly). Do not trust in any merit of your own, works, or any other way. Just believe and trust in Jesus Christ alone as your Saviour. Believe in who He is - God Almighty and the only Saviour. Believe in what Christ did for you - completely paid for all your sins by shedding His holy blood on the cross and rose from the dead. Believe in what Jesus has promised you - everlasting life just through faith.
Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life." (John 6:47)