“But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” ( Hebrews 11: 6)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9, 10)
“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is anti-christ, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son the same hath not the Father, but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” (1 John 2:22)
“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” ( Romans 10:9, 10, 13)
Repent and be Baptized
Peter cried to the multitudes in Jerusalem, “…and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
The first step in salvation is a change of mind. Recognizes that your ways are not those of God, and that your sins have separated you from Him.
Repentance means being sorry for having sinned and having brought about the death of Jesus Christ, who bore the penalty of our sins on the cross.
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
The apostle Paul recognized that he had been a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a destroyer. This is a faithful saying,” he wrote to Timothy, “and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” (1 Timothy 1:13-15).
Despite sins committed, God was willing for Paul and all other human beings to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). He is willing to forgive if we confess our sins and change our lives according to His commandments.
Once a person has fully repented and been baptized, the Holy Spirit alone with the word of God renews his mind (Ephesians 4:23-24). The Christian becomes a NEW CREATION (2 Corinthians 5:17), who must no longer conform to the values of a world cut off from God.
The Christian Learns to live by God’s Word, the Bible
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16).
The Word of God corrects us and helps us to discern our innermost feelings as they compare to God’s way of life.
If we permit God’s spirit to dwell in us and guide our lives, God can then create spiritual character in us. But we must choose to do what is right by following His laws.
In God’s view, the development of character comes from the practice of love, patience, mercy, faith, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. Read the entire chapter of Romans 12 for a better understanding of what our behavior as Christians–whose minds have been transformed by the Holy Spirit–should be like.
As a Christian grows in godliness, he is granted additional knowledge, wisdom, and purpose. God has not created a world of robots. He wants thinking people who voluntarily choose to follow His way, and He will supply us with the spiritual tools we need to succeed.