Salvation

Being saved means you are going to live with God forever in a good place after you die.
Not being saved means you are going to “live” without God forever in a bad place after you die.
So it matters whether you are saved or not!

Your (everyone’s) big problem is that God’s standard of behaviour is absolute 100% perfection.
He demands that you never do anything wrong ever. Not even anything little. (It’s a high standard!)
Your problem of course is the same as mine. You don’t do that.

So now your sin separates you from God. Forever.

3500 years ago God gave Moses and the Israelites a system where they could cover up their sin by sacrificing bulls and sheep (but they had to be perfect specimens).
The blood of the animal covered over the offense that had been committed when they sinned.

About 2000 years ago Jesus, God’s son came to Earth and lived a perfect life. And because he did that, God accepted his life as a sacrifice.
But unlike the blood of the animals, the blood of Jesus actually washes away our sin. It removes it completely.
And he gives us this as a gift. Amazing isn’t it.

So, you sinned, you were separated from God, Jesus lived a perfect life and was not separated from God, but Jesus died, as a free gift to us so we can be reunited with God because our sin has gone.
This is salvation. It’s 100% what Jesus did for us 2000 years ago, and 0% what we do now.
We didn’t earn it. In fact, we can’t earn it. (That also means we can’t lose it because it’s not based on our actions).

John says in chapter 3 of his book that whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life.
He says it again in his letter (1 John), chapter 5. If you believe in Jesus you can KNOW that you have eternal life.
You don’t have to wait until you die to find out. You know already. Your sin is dealt with and you already have eternal life.

Btw: If you read the last book of the Bible (Revelation) which was also written by John, you’ll see at the end that we don’t go to Heaven to “live in the clouds playing harps” forever, but one day God will destroy this Earth and make a new one. One which is made perfect and where nobody sins. That’s where we’ll be living.
See you there.


Reading
Romans 3
John 3
Ephesians 2
Revelation 21

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