“What must I do to be saved?” If you are asking that question, the gospel is the answer. In short, the “gospel” is good news! It tells us how to be set free from both present guilt and enslavement to sin and the eternal consequences of sin. It is the good news that because of Christ, your sin can be forgiven and your life filled with hope and peace that nothing can take away. The following are critical for you to understand this good news explained by God in the Bible:
The Bible explains that God created us and sustains us. Therefore He is the absolute authority in our lives. He is perfect, loving and requires us to obey Him perfectly.
Instead of seeking God, everyone lives in disobedient rebellion against God. The Bible calls that disobedience “sin”. Good works never erase the guilt of sin. The penalty for sin is death–not just physical death, for all men die–but eternal separation from God in hell. Man deserves this judgment for refusing to obey God.
God’s great love and mercy can extend a pardon to every sinner. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to pay the penalty of sin for all who believe. In His death, Jesus endured our punishment, satisfying the wrath of God. In His resurrection, Jesus proved He is God declaring victory over sin and death.
God commands you to confess and repent of your sin. You must believe in Jesus Christ as the full and complete payment for sin and submit your entire life to Him as Lord and Savior. Salvation, and total forgiveness from God, is instantly granted to those who truly believe in Christ alone.