What is True salvation?
Romans 5:12-21† Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
We have all violated the law of God all 613 of them. Thatís right, not just the ďTen CommandmentsĒ written in Exodus chapter twenty. In Godís eyes we are all convicted criminals and have fallen short, come short, of His glory (Romans 3:23)† because of the fall in the garden of Eden when the first commandment was given to mankind concerning eating from the knowledge of good and evil which brought death into this world and the redemption in the tree of life. God is a just and righteous judge, as in a court of law a judge cannot let a convicted murderer or a thief walk free on the grounds that they were ignorant of the crime because they would be a danger to society. God is a just judge. A price has to be paid for the crime just as in a secular court of law today. Ignorance of the law is no cause for defence. The Lord Jesus Christ paid the fine/price (1 Corinthians 7:23) for all of mankind that we can be free from the law which means that those who trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation (John 3:16) then God can legally dismiss their case because the fine was paid two thousand years ago by the suffering death and the shed blood of† the cross of Calvary and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our lawyer advocate in heaven right now.† What mankind has to do is repent (to think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider (morally to feel compunction): - repent), and trust in Christ alone for salvation in accordance with the wisdom and instruction contained within Godís word from Genesis to Revelation, the beginning and the end. Not to trust in our good works because salvation cannot be bought, it is a free gift of grace. Our good works are as filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6), because of our natural rebellion †against what is of the Spirit (Romans 8:7) and what is of the truth as Jesus said that His words written in scripture are spirit and life:† It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63). But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.. Works come through faith not for salvation but as evidence of faith in our lives (James -26).† But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.. God gives eternal life to those who have been convicted of sin by the Holy Spirit and found themselves to be guilty and repented of their sin and turned to His only begotten Son The Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.: Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged (John 16:7-11).††