What is the first thing we must do to obtain salvation?
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.”
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
Romans 10:9 – 10
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved
1 Timothy 1:16
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
1 John 5:13
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
John 1:12 – 13
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Our first step is to believe the message of Jesus Christ; the second is to embrace the message as being for you personally; and thirdly, following actions of changing life directions towards God and living according to His ways must follow. The Bible describes this in the word (repent) from sin. Belief without corresponding actions is purely mental accent, an academic position, the biblical impact of believe will compel the “believer to act or react” to sin, the desire to disobey God should no longer be part of the believers life, in fact the consequence of becoming a believer is a desire to obey.
Can salvation be obtained by simply repenting and deciding to obey God’s laws?
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Keeping the law will not make us righteous in his sight (God’s) if the Law was able to do that then what point would there be for God to send His only Son to be crucified on the cross for our sin?