“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6.23)
In the beginning, God created humans to enjoy an eternal relationship with Him.
Here’s the bad news: By deciding to go our own way instead of His, we have broken that relationship. The Bible calls this rebellion against God “sin.” Our own merits are not enough to cleanse us from our sin, so our earned result (or “wages”) is that when we die, our souls are destined to spend eternity apart from God in hell (eternal “death”).
Here’s the good news: God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to live on earth as a human, to live a life obedient to His Father, and to die on a cross. Jesus provided a way for us to be saved from eternal death by dying in our place and taking on Himself the punishment that we had earned. Then, by rising from the dead, Jesus conquered death and made it possible for us to live eternally.
To accept God’s offer of eternal life, we need to admit that we are sinners and believe we can be saved through the cleansing sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This is why Christians call Him our “Savior.” His sacrifice on the cross fully takes care of our sin problem and assures us an eternity spent together with God.
After we accept Jesus as our Savior, we also ought to follow Him as our “Lord.” This means agreeing with Him that His way is better than ours, turning from our sinful past, and committing to obey His Word and follow Him all the days of our lives. We do this to the best of our ability, obeying Him as we would a king.
The Bible says, in the book of Romans, that you will be saved if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10.9). This is a promise that you can depend upon. By accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior, your eternal life can begin now, even while you remain on earth. You can experience a life full of Christ’s joy and peace, even in the midst of struggles. You can also be confident of spending an eternity with your loving Savior once your earthly life is over.