"Salvation-Conversion-Born Again-Saved"What Does It All Mean?
The experience of Salvation begins with the forgiveness of sin leading to the reconciliation of the sinner to a Holy God. (Justification) Salvation initiates new life referred to as eternal life or abundant life which brings about a new attitude toward sin and a new power to resist it. (Sanctification) Salvation concludes with a transformation whereby God eradicates all remaining elements of sin as one enters Heaven. (Glorification)
God is infinitely holy, just, and loving without the slightest interest in doing wrong. He is untemptable. God expects the same from each of us whom He has created. He is perfectly just in His dealings with us. Therefore, He must judge us when we violate His commands and exact punishment suitable to the offense. He also is loving and in His compassion He has provided a way to pardon us from judgment. The way God has provided was opened by His Son Jesus. Jesus the infinitely holy Son of God, lived out every requirement of His Father for righteousness. He was innocent of any sin, but He accepted the punishment for our sin. He was raised from the dead demonstrating that He had broken the power of sin. Therefore, we may be pardoned by the holy God who loves us.
The process is simple but not necessarily easy. It begins when we become aware of our sinfulness and acknowledge our offense against the holy God. "All have sinned..." (Romans 3:23) It continues as we realize the consequence of our sin is permanent separation from God and punishment for our offense (Romans 6:23 a) "The wages of sin is death..."
The good news (another word for gospel) is that God provided a way out of our dilemma. The holy God demands perfect righteousness and obedience in our attitudes and our actions. We are neither righteous nor obedient. We are sinners. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
In order to experience this salvation (the forgiveness of sin, the new eternal life, Heaven) you must acknowledge your sin to God. You must accept the facts of the life , death and resurrection of Jesus. And you must believe that He died for you.
Salvation is a gift, but you must came to the right place in order to receive it. "If you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised Him form the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9) "By grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God not as a result of works so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)