The Bible tells us that “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) There is an unction toward belief on the behalf of the person who is hearing the Gospel. In Romans 1:16 we are told by Paul that the Gospel is the “power of God for salvation to everyone who believes”. God has ordained the Gospel to be the vehicle in which revives the man, dead in sin. We are commanded by Christ to “go in to all the nations and make disciples” (Matt 28:19) which means to teach the Gospel to everyone and make disciples of them. John 3:16 states that whoever believes God gave His son for the world is saved.
Repentance is also a huge part in salvation. We acknowledge first the separation of man from God due to sin. Romans 3:23 says that “all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory“. His intention and purpose is to be without sin, but because we have all sinned and fall short, we are in need of redemption. The problem is that none of what we do is good enough. We cannot obtain righteousness through works or deeds. Our own good works, or righteousness, is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). So, because we cannot attain righteousness on our own merit by our own works (Eph 2:8), we must look to Christ as our redeemer. “While we were sinners, Christ died for us”. (Romans 5:8) He has made possible salvation through His sacrifice on the cross because we are incapable ourselves. Instead of paying the price for our own sin, which is eternal death, Jesus took our sins to the cross as a gift to those who believe. (Romans 6:23).
We are called to repent for the forgiveness of sins, the word repentance comes from the Greek word metanoain which means to “change one’s mind”. Many will say this is like turning away from something, likely it means to recognize the sin, and change your mind about it. Repentance doesn’t just take place once however. It’s important that Christians live a life of perpetual repentance, as we sin we must change our mind about it and turn away from it, going into another direction.
In closing, for those that believe, we must repent from our sin, acknowledging our own sinfulness and put our trust in the Lord for our salvation.