But Jesus came and showed that they didn't have to follow the religious rules and regulations or the Ten Commandments and all the rest. All they had to do was simply confess that they were sinners and ask Jesus to give it to forgive them and give them Salvation!
The whole idea is so simple and childlike . To become as a child to enter His spiritual Kingdom of love, joy here and now in this life--as well as a beautiful, wonderful and thrilling Eternity in His Heavenly Kingdom in the next life! He said, "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven!", and "Except a man be born again, he cannot even see or understand the Kingdom of God!" (Mat.18:3; John 3:3)
Don't try to figure Him out ... just let Him in ! It's just that simple. All you have to do is receive Jesus, God's Son, as your Saviour by asking Him into your heart! Jesus said, "I am the door"--into His Father's House, the Kingdom of God--"by Me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved." (John 10:9) Therefore, if you want to get to Heaven, you have to walk through Jesus, the open Door.
So, all you need for Salvation is Jesus ! This then, is the most important will of God for you: that you recognize Jesus as the Son of God, receive Him and believe on Him as your Saviour so that you could be saved.
The Bible says, "For all have sinned & come short of the glory of God" (Rom.3:23), & "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, His Son." (Rom.6:23) So, we must first confess that we are sinners, and everyone is a sinner, no one has attained God's perfection.
That's why Jesus died, because we are all sinners and it was impossible for us to be perfect, it was impossible for us to keep God's perfect laws. No man can keep the Ten Commandments, it's impossible! Only Jesus was perfect and that's why He could pay the price of our sins and God could forgive us, because He took our punishment for us.
It's just like a pardon ... God has offered pardon to the guilty and it doesn't matter how bad you are, how wicked you are or what you've done, it doesn't matter to God. If you'll just confess your sins to Him, ask Him to forgive you and take Jesus into your heart, He'll save you! " For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,not of works, lest any man should boast!" (Eph.2:8,9) You can't be good enough, you can't be perfect enough to earn, merit or deserve the Heavenly perfection of His Own Holy Salvation by His Own grace, love and mercy.
We receive Salvation as a gift. We get Salvation just because He loves us and He gives it, and all we have to do is just believe and receive, nothing else. It is the gift of God !
" For if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness ! For the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin!" (1John 1:9,7). No matter what you've done! He'll forguive you for every sin in the book, except one, and that is rejecting Jesus. For that is "blasphemy against the Holy Ghost," the Spirit of Truth. (Mark 3:28,29) The only unpardonable sin is the sin of rejecting the Holy Ghost, of refusing to heed the Voice of God and of spurning His Love and His Salvation in Christ. He says that it won't be forgiven in this life, nor even in the World to come. (Mat.12:32)
So, the great condemnation is not that men are sinful, which God can forgive and does forgive if we receive His pardon through His Son. But the great condemnation is rejecting Jesus Christ! "This is the condemnation, that light is come into the World, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:19)
You can start from scratch with the Lord, for when you receive Jesus as your Saviour, you are spiritually "born again" and are a "new creature in Christ Jesus"! (John 3:3; 2Cor.5:17) God says He will "blot out thy sins as a cloud, and as a thick cloud, He'll put them behind His back, and will remember them against you no more." (Isa.44:22; 38:17; Heb.8:12)
And once you have received Jesus, you cannot loose Him, He will never cast you out! "All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37) If you have Jesus, if you have the Lord, then you have life, eternal life, and you cannot lose eternal life! Salvation is forever ! Once saved, always saved, because God cannot lie or go back on His Word or on Himself ! Once you are "born again" as His child, you will always be His child! You can't be unborn!
You can keep yourself in His will and in line with His blessings by obeying the Lord, doing His work, being fruitful and so on. But you can't keep yourself saved ! Jesus did that once and forever, and His gift is eternal life! Not a sometime thing, saved and lost ten thousand times a day, there's no such thing!
When you receive Jesus, your whole life will be changed with a new spirit as a new child of God ! So don't be surprised if you actually feel different and even think differently ! Jesus said it is like being born again, becoming a new person, and the "old you" with all your old sins is gone forever and there is a whole "new you," . (John 3:3; 2Cor.5:17)
His coming into your life not only renews, purifies and regenerates your spirit, but it also renews your mind, literally breaking old connections and reflexes and gradually rebuilds and rewires you into a whole new computer system with an utterly different outlook on life, a new way of looking at the world, and with new reactions to nearly everything around you.
So, expect things to be different. Not totally perhaps, as you are still in the flesh, but you'll find a change in your spirit, in your thoughts, in your heart and in your direction. Because if you have Jesus, you have Love! "God is Love!" (1John 4:8) Do you have Jesus ? Have you taken Him into your heart and been born again ? Are you truly changed, a new person, a new creature, old things passed away and all things become new? All you have to do is ask Him into your heart!
Will you accept God's love in Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour ? Then you are saved forever and bound for Heaven and will never be lost ! Are you saved? If you're not sure, make sure right now and receive Him by sincerely praying this simple prayer:
"Lord Jesus, please forgive ne for all my sins. I believe You died for me. I believe You are the Son of God, and I now ask You to come into my life. I open the door and I invite You into my heart. Jesus, please come in and help me to love others and tell them about You, that they may find You too. Help me to read Your Word and understand it by Your Spirit. In Jesus' name I ask, amen."
True Salvation is just pure faith in God's Word, not in feelings ! Your feelings may change from day to day, sometimes good, sometimes bad, but the Bible, God's Word, never changes! So put your faith in His Word, for "faith comes by hearing the Word of God!" (Rom.10:17) The Bible is definite, so no matter how you feel, if you ask Jesus to come in, He comes in, because He said so!
God bless you with His Love and Salvation! ... Now and Forever!