The belief that Jesus Christ is “the Son of God” is fundamental to the Christian faith (Acts 1:35). It is the firm belief of each Christian that out of His love for His people, God gave His one and only Son as a sacrifice to pay for all the sins of His people (John 3:16).
Jesus has been present, along with God the Father, from the very beginning. The Gospel of John teaches that Jesus is identified as the “Word” who was there with God the Father at the beginning of creation (John 1:1). This passage from the book of John further teaches that the “Word” then “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). The One who “dwelt among us” was named “Jesus” (Matthew 1:21). Christians share the belief that Jesus, who is the Son of God, lived a life on earth without ever committing any sin (1 Peter 2:22). It is further the belief of Christians that this life was ended when Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross and died in payment for the sins of all of humankind (1 Peter 3:18). Additionally, Christians believe that Jesus rose to life again on the third day after His death, and that He later ascended into heaven where He now remains (Matthew 20:17-19). Scripture teaches that Jesus currently resides in heaven, at the right hand of God the Father (Mark 16:19).
Christians rest in the most precious truth that, because of salvation through Jesus Christ they will go to heaven when their time in this world is through. They believe they are given salvation through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 8:4-13). Christians understand that it is through salvation in Jesus Christ alone that they are able to spend eternity in heaven. This understanding is found in the following passages…
- John 3:16
- John 14:6
- 1 John 2:25
- 1 John 5:13-14
It is the Christian belief that in order to receive salvation, people must do the following…
- Believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9).
- Repent of, or admit and turn away from, their sin (1 John 1:9).
- Ask God for forgiveness (Matthew 6:12).
- Ask Jesus to become their personal Lord and Savior (Acts 3:19).
It is God’s hope and desire that each of His children will turn to Him and seek salvation through Jesus Christ. It is the responsibility of every Christian to follow the example set by Jesus Christ during His ministry on earth, in sharing their faith with others in order to grow God’s kingdom through the grace of salvation (1 Timothy 15-16).
 David G. Peterson, The Acts of the Apostles, 56.
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