That all people have sinned against a Holy God.
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Every person who has ever lived, with the exception of Jesus Christ, has missed the mark of God’s perfect holiness and therefore has sinned against God. “The soul who sins shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)
That those who sin against a Holy God have a penalty that must be paid.
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Sin has separated us from our Creator. There is a price to pay for rebelling against a Holy God and no amount of human effort will ever put us back in right standing with God. The good news is that God has given mankind the gift of His Son, Jesus, who willing paid the price required by God. All those who accept this free gift will no longer be separated from God, but will instead be granted everlasting life. This is a gift.
That God loves us in spite of our sin.
“God is love.” (1 John 4:8) Even though we are sinners, God loves us and desires to reveal His love for us through a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.
That God demonstrated His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus, to pay our sin debt.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Jesus is the infinite God-man; God in the flesh. Jesus died on the cross and paid our penalty for sin and He rose from the dead in power to give those who believe in Him the gift of everlasting life. “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
That freedom from the penalty of sin can only be obtained by placing one’s faith in Christ Jesus.
This type of faith is not merely intellectual assent. It is trusting in Jesus Christ alone. Believing that He is the only one Who can save a person from the penalty of sin, and that without Him we are dead in our sin. “What must I do to be saved? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:30b, 31) God’s word says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” You can do that now by simply praying:
Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. But I believe You died and rose from the grave to purchase a place in heaven for me. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins, and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation, and I accept your free gift of eternal life.
If this prayer is the sincere desire of your heart, look at the promise of Jesus: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has eternal life.” (John 6:47)