"God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Christianity is a RELATIONSHIP... That’s why He sent Jesus Christ to the earth, to die on a cross as a substitute for you and me; for our sins; and the sins of this world. Jesus paid the price to create a bridge between God and man. A perfect man, Jesus, took the place of imperfect man—you and me; and He exchanged His innocent life, for our guilty life.
Salvation—God's plan for eternal life!
We understand God's plan of salvation through His explanation in the Bible. God has given us The Bible—His written Word to mankind—to communicate His amazing plan of salvation.
It contains 66 books, written over a period of 1500 years, by 39 authors, who were inspired by the very breath of God to write His Words. Its authenticity is validated HISTORICALLY, ARCHEOLOGICALLY, & PROPHETICALLY. Its truth and veracity are unrivaled by any other historical or religious document. The Dead Sea Scrolls are an example of its consistency in the process of passing down the letters, so that they maintain their original meaning and words.
The Bible can and should be taken literally, except where it states that it is speaking symbolically. Adam & Eve were real. Sin was real. The devil is real. The fall of man is real. And Jesus is REAL.
The Bible makes clear in Romans 3:23 that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." The problem is clear: Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death." So, simply put: we have all sinned (and were born into sin, because of Adam), and we all deserve eternal death. In God's universal justice system, someone has to pay the price for sin.
But the second part of Romans 6:23 GIVES US HOPE: "but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ." So God offers us forgiveness. How? Through faith in His Son. Jesus pays the price, through His blood for our sins. Romans 10:9 says, “That if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”
One of the most well known verses in the Bible is John 3:16-17, where Jesus said: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world might be saved, through Him."
God also states His plan of salvation very clearly in Ephesians 2:8-9.
"For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
See how simple God's plan of salvation is?