"Let no man say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted of God'; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man. But each man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust when it hath conceived, beareth sin; and the sin, when it is full-grown, bringeth forth death." James 1:13-15.
"God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved)...that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus: for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works that no man should glory" Ephesians 2:4-9.
Now, let's assume that you and I believe in God, accept the Bible as His word and humbly accept the guilt of our sinful status. We're in sin, separated from God, damned to perdition and we want to do something about that. Let's also assume that we have gratefully turned to the grace of God for help and are willing to accept him at his word, submissively yielding to his commands with an obedient faith.
That being true, let's continue to turn through the Bible to see what God would have us to do to be cleansed of our guilt. Again, let's continue to turn through the Bible to see what we must do if we really want to go to heaven.
Remember, Jesus is "unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation" Hebrews 5:9.
- Believe in Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah of Old Testament prophecy, the Son of God.
- Repent of our sins in a deliberate choice to turn from evil in our lives.
- Confess our faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God.
- Be baptized, immersed in water to have our sins taken away.
"For hereunto were he called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow in his steps" 1 Peter 2:21.