What Does the Bible Say About . . . .
REPENTANCE, FORGIVENESS & SALVATION
The subject of salvation is a predominant theme throughout the entire Bible, not just the New Testament. One of the main reasons the Bible was written was that Man might better understand the process of salvation. The Bible tells of the Almighty God and what He requires of us. Of God's hatred for sin, but His love for the sinner. How God wants us to turn from our sins, be forgiven, and eventually receive eternal life when Jesus Christ returns to take His people home.
While God offers salvation freely as a gift, it costs us something. We need to give up our love for the attractions of this world, give up evil deeds, pride and selfishness. God promises the strength to overcome these. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and thus will suffer the consequences of sin which is death. Yet, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) Confession, repentance, forgiveness are all necessary steps to salvation.
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