The Bible presents a clear path to eternal life.
First, we must recognize that we have sinned against
God: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God" (Romans 3:23). We have all done things that are
displeasing to God, which makes us deserving of
punishment. Since all our sins are ultimately against an
eternal God, only an eternal punishment is sufficient.
"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans
However, Jesus Christ, the sinless (1 Peter 2:22),
eternal Son of God became a man (John 1:1,14) and died
to pay our penalty. "God demonstrates His love for us in
this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us"
(Romans 5:8). Jesus Christ died on the cross (John
19:31-42), taking the punishment that we deserve (2
Corinthians 5:21). Three days later He rose from the
dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), proving His victory over
sin and death. "In His great mercy He has given us new
birth into a living hope through the resurrection of
Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3).
By faith, we must change our mindset regarding Christ -
who He is, what He did, and why - for salvation (Acts
3:19). If we place our faith in Him, trusting His death
on the cross to pay for our sins, we will be forgiven
and receive the promise of eternal life in heaven. "For
God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son
so that anyone who believes in Him will not perish but
have eternal life" (John 3:16). "If you confess with
your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved"
(Romans 10:9). Faith alone in the finished work of
Christ on the cross is the only true path to eternal
life! "For it is by grace you have been saved, through
faith - and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of
God - not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians
If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior,
here is a sample prayer. Remember, saying this
prayer or any other prayer will not save you. It is only
trusting in Christ that can save you from sin. This
prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in
Him and thank Him for providing for your salvation.
"God, I know that I have sinned against you and deserve
punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I
deserve so that through faith in Him I could be
forgiven. I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank
You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness - the gift
of eternal life! Amen!"