John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - KJV
The most common question about Salvation is, “What are we saved from?” The answer is simple: Death, hell, the grave & eternal separation from God. The flesh will die (whether saved or not); hell (to in the end be cast into the lake of fire Revelation 20:14) is where the soul will go when a person dies if they are not saved. The grave is where the ground takes back possession of the physical body from where it was created, Genesis 2:7. Eternal separation from God is to NEVER see God or be able to receive his help for all eternity.
Now that we know what a person is saved from, let’s see how to be saved. The Bible gives very precise instructions & explanations as to what sin is & how to be saved, they are found all through God’s Word & for the perfect explanation to this, let’s look to the book of Romans. Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9 & Romans 10:13. These scriptures are titled, “The Romans Road”. Reading these verses in the specific order given will provide the best explanation as to what sin is & how to be saved.
ALL people are born into sin (due to the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:1-6) & can never be perfect, in fact the Bible says the best and most righteous acts we have ever performed are as “filthy rags” before the Lord (Isaiah 64:6). Filthy rags represent the rags a leper would use to bind up his sores or even clean them. Due to the Grace of God, when a person is saved (must be requested of God, it is not automatically given) the sacrifice of Christ shows us as right in the eyes of God the Father.
God’s own law required the shedding of blood before forgiveness of sin could be made, (Hebrews 9:22). This meant Jesus would have to shed His blood in order to pay for the sins of all mankind. God allowed & commissioned this to happen because Jesus was & is THEE only, PERFECT sacrifice that could be made. For a person to receive salvation is not a complex process & it is not a “repeat after me” type of process: your spouse, child, parent, family, co-worker, nobody can say the prayer for you, it must be said by you personally. If you are not 100% sure, without a doubt where you are going when you die, please stop everything you are doing right now & talk with God.