READ: Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.
Salvation is a term that Christians use to talk about their future. Contrary to what many believe not everyone goes to heaven. Heaven is a place that is for people who are God's and not for people who are not.
To receive salvation both GRACE and FAITH are needed. God extends his grace to us. It doesn't matter what you have done - His Grace is a free gift from Him to you.
When your best friend gets a gift for you - they purchased it, it's done and bought, they can hold it out to you, offering it all day long --- BUT --- until you reach out and take ahold of the gift and bring it into your possession, it will not be yours. The same is with salvation --- God is extending the gift to us - but until we use our faith and reach out and take ahold of it - it won't be ours. GRACE and FAITH are both needed. God does his part and we must do ours.
Now some people believe that they can EARN salvation. They think if they are nice enough, good enough, perfect enough - then certainly they will enter into heaven. But salvation cannot be obtained by works- meaning there is nothing that we can do to earn it. The word of God tells us that everyone falls short because all have sinned (Romans 3:23).
God has done HIS PART - the grace is extended to you.... have you done your part? I can promise you that receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior will be the BEST THING that you ever do in your life.
I love each and everyone of you and just want to be sure that you will spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus. I would love to pray with you - if you have any questions or needs, please contact me.
"Where, Death, is your victory? Where, Death, is your power to hurt?" Death gets its power to hurt from sin, and sin gets its power from the Law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57