By Grace - the Source of Justification
"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24).
By Faith - the Principle of Justification
"Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1).
By Blood - the Ground of Justification
"Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him" (Romans 5:9).
By God - The Agent of Justification
"It is God that justifieth . . . that He might be just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus" (Romans 8:33; 3:26).
It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved. Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?
You must realize you are a sinner. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. "For the wages [payment] of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.
" . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).
But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. " . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus had to shed His blood and die. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Lev. 17:11). " . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]" (Hebrews 9:22).
" . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute.
"God . . . commandeth all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30). This repentance is one that agrees with God that he is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.
In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: " . . . 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' And they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . . .' "
Believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John 1:12).
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13).
'Whosoever' includes you. 'Shall be saved' does not mean maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.
REPENTANCE: In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: "God be merciful to me a sinner."
God's simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36).