PENALTY OF SIN
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s righteousness. God is Holy and Righteous and so He does not tolerate sin. The penalty of sin is death (physically & spiritually) - spiritual death is eternity in Hell (1 Peter 3:18; Romans 3:23).
The Old Testament Law, given at the time of Moses, establishes the fact that cleansing from sin can only occur through the sacrifice of an innocent life (Hebrews 9:22). It was Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection which provides salvation from sin (Romans 5:10; Ephesians 1:7).
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
GOSPEL OF JESUS
The Gospel: the belief and faith that Jesus Christ is God (Holy and Righteous) and what he did for us (his death, burial and resurrection).
The reason why Jesus came to earth was to save lost mankind from their sins and to call them to believe in Him as their Saviour (John 3:16; John 6:40; Acts 2:36-38).
Scripture teaches that Jesus is fully God, Holy and Righteous, and was also fully human, with a physical body like ours. This he received from Mary. Jesus is fully God, with an eternal, sinless nature (Hebrews 7:26).
Jesus' death on the cross was the perfect sacrifice. When Christ offered himself to die, he substituted himself in our place (Hebrews 10:11–18).
On the third day he was resurrected, conquering our sins and death. He offers to share this victory with us (John 14:19).
Jesus Christ completely paid the penalty of our sin (future, present and past) by substituting Himself in our place, therefor saving us from our sins. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Salvation is available only through the sacrifice that Jesus made when he carried the sins of the world on the cross (John 14:6).
GIFT OF SALVATION
Salvation from the penalty of sin is received to whoever believes the Gospel.
If you believe the Gospel, you will become born-again, and are declared righteous as Christ is righteous. You can have assurance of eternal life (Isaiah 53:6; Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
Nothing can be done to obtain Salvation. It is not influenced by a person’s actions or religion, and it cannot be lost or removed (John 10:7-28;1 John 2:19).
Performing good deeds, being a good person, praying, baptism, going to church, communion, and having good intentions does not remove sin and does not contribute to a person obtaining salvation (Ephesians 2:5, 8-9; Romans 5:1; Romans 6:23). Scripture is very clear that salvation is the gracious gift of God.
It is with the heart that we believe and receive this free gift of salvation (Romans 10:10; Romans 5:18; Luke 7:50; John 4:1-42).