God's Gift of Salvation
 
Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

This means that we have all missed the mark of God’s perfection and are seen as sinners in God’s eyes.

Romans 3:10-12

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

No person is righteous in God’s eyes nor can he do anything good in God’s eyes, since God only sees us as a sinner, who has broken His holy law.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Sin is a paymaster. The wage or payment that we deserve for sinning is death (spiritual death – separation from God in hell). This payment can also be viewed as a penalty for sin, a judgment that we deserve, since we have broken God’s holy law and offended God’s righteousness.

Romans 5:8

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

God’s love is displayed through Christ’s death on our behalf. Christ died for us in the sense that He took the wages of sin, or the penalty of sin that we deserved, upon Himself, and experienced God’s wrath and punishment in our place. Jesus died in our place to experience the wages and penalty for my own sin.

Romans 10:13

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

This is faith. When we call upon the Lord to save us we are placing our faith (trust) in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to save us from hell (the wages and penalty of sin) that we may live with Him in heaven. We must take the step of faith and commit our faith to Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Until we are willing to transfer our trust or believe in Jesus Christ we cannot be saved. Jesus said in John 6:47, "Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."