KEY SCRIPTURE: John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Anyone who is born again receives eternal life. John 3:16. Eternal life is the life of God which he imparts to us through accepting Jesus as our saviour and Lord. 1st John 5:11-13.
No one obtains eternal life by what he does but by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 19:16-26. A rich young man approached Jesus and asked about what good thing a man could do to earn eternal life. Since he wanted to know about what good thing, to do the Lord answered him in that light. He told him that he must obey the commandments. This man claimed he had obeyed the commandments from his youth. The Lord asked him to go sell his belongings and give to the poor and he would be perfect. This man became sad and went away. Jesus then remarked how difficult it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. The disciples added, that if it was so then who could be saved? Jesus said the following in verse 26: “But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, with men this is impossible but with God all things are possible”. The Lord implied by this answer that salvation is not by human efforts. It is impossible for any man to be saved by his works. Ephesians 2:8&9 ” For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourself, it is the gift of God. Not of works lest any man should boast”.
In Acts 10:1-9a. A devout Roman centurion called Cornelius who gave alms, fasted and a very prayerful man received an angelic visitation. The angel asked him to send men to call Peter who would tell him how to be saved. Please note, despite his good works he was still not saved. He sent men to invite Apostle Peter to his house. Peter came and preached Jesus who died and was raised again. Cornelius and his household believed, were saved and the Holy Spirit came upon them (Acts 10:34-44).
The scripture says there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we may be saved (except the name Jesus) Acts 4:12. Your efforts can’t save you, believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shall be saved and your household
Lord Jesus, you came into this life to give your life for my sins. I believe in you and accept you as my Lord and saviour.
Acts 16:31, And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
John 14:6 ” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”