The main theme of the Bible is God’s love for you and all people.
This love was shown when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world as a human being, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. Because Christ died, your sins can be forgiven, and because He rose from the dead, you can have eternal life. You can know for sure that you will spend eternity in Heaven. This gift of forgiveness and eternal life, however, cannot be yours unless you personally accept it. The following verses in the Bible show you how. God wants to bless your life and make it full and complete. He also wants to give you a life which will last forever.
We are sinful, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We all sin and do things that we know are wrong. And that’s why we feel estranged from God. God is holy, we are not.
Sin has a penalty. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Just as a criminal must pay the penalty for his crime, sinners must pay the penalty for their sins. The penalty is spiritual death. You will not only die physically, you will be separated from God for all eternity. The Bible teaches that those who choose to remain separated from God will spend eternity in a place called Hell.
Christ paid our penalty. “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Jesus, the sinless Son of God, has paid the penalty for all your sins. You may think you have to lead a good life and do good deeds before God will love you, but the Bible says that Christ loved you enough to die for you, even when you were rebelling against Him.
Salvation is a free gift. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). The word grace means “undeserved favor.” It means God is offering you something you could never provide for yourself: forgiveness of sins and eternal life. God’s gift to you is free. All you have to do is joyfully receive it. Believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ died for you.
Christ is at the door of your heart. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:30). Jesus wants to have a relationship with you. Picture Him standing at the door of your heart (the door of your emotions, intellect and will). Invite Him in; He is waiting for you to receive Him into your heart and life.
You must receive Him. “Yet to all who receive him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). When you receive Christ into your heart you become a child of God. You can talk to Him in prayer at any time about anything. The Christian life is a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.