A few days ago, I posted The Christian Walk in a Nutshell. Well, after someone in another forum asked to sum up the message of salvation, I decided to answer with as terse a layout of that message as I could—right from the Bible. I hope all who visit this blog will find this very simple (and easily memorized) collection of passages to be helpful in sharing with others:
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God….
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
—2 Corinthians 5:17
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.
—1 John 5:11-13
Photo: Frederick Hart‘s “Ex Nihilo, Fragment Five”}