The Bible makes the plan of salvation very clear, it is as follows:
1. Realize you are a sinner
No matter where you are physically, everyone starts at the same place spiritually. All are sinners, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23). Man comes short of Heaven (the glory of God) because of sin
2. Realize there is a penalty for your sin
Not only does sin keep you out of Heaven, but it also condemns you to Hell. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…”. Sin brings spiritual death. “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” (Rev. 20:14).
3. Realize that Jesus paid the price for you
Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins. Nothing we can do (good deeds, baptism, giving, etc.) can wash our sins away.
4. Put your faith in Jesus and receive Him as your Savior
Romans 10:9 – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thy heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Rom. 6:23 “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Eternal life is a gift we can only receive through Jesus. A gift cannot be earned, it can only be accepted. Will you accept God’s gift to you? If so, pray in faith a prayer similar to this:
Jesus I know that I am lost without your forgiveness. I believe you died and rose again from the dead to save my soul. I put my faith in you alone and trust you to save me. Amen