How You Can Have Eternal Life in God’s Family
1) Believe—have faith—that God the Father sent His Son—the Word and Creator who was also God and was with the Father in Heaven—to the earth to be born in the flesh of a woman and conceived/begotten by God’s Spirit and that the Son Jesus Christ lived a sinless life while in a body of flesh and died as a perfect sacrifice to cover all the sins of every person whom has ever lived (John 3:16; John 1:1-3; I John 4:2; Rom 5:8; 3:25; I John 2:2: Heb 9:28) .
2) Understand that all have sinned (Rom 3:23), except Christ, and that the wages of sin is death Rom 6:23). Therefore, we are saved by grace (Eph 2:8). No amount of works can save us, because one sin is all it takes to reap death, and sin must have an atoning sacrifice (James 2:10; Heb 10:10-12) .
3) Repent of all sin (Matt 4:17; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:38; 5:32). Sin is defined as breaking God’s law, commandments, and statutes (I John 3:4). Being saved by grace does not mean a person can continue to break God’s law and expect to receive salvation. Only those who repent and live out a life of obedience to God’s law receive His grace. Grace does not nullify the law (Rom 6:15, Jude 4, Gen 6:8,9). A person must repent and be baptized and have hands laid on them in order to receive God’s Spirit, which is required for eternal life (Acts 2:38; 5:32; Rom 8:9; Acts 8:16-17; 9:17-18; Heb 6:2).
4) Once a person has repented, been baptized, and has hands laid on him/her to receive a begettal of God’s Spirit, the person becomes a begotten child of God. The person must continue to keep God’s commandments and endure to the very end (Matthew 24:12; Mark 13:13; 2 Timothy 2:12; Rev. 2:10).