If you declare (admit) with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
Through the decades, up to and including the present, many religions have misinterpreted or overcomplicated God’s plan of salvation. I remember as a child thinking that my only hope for Heaven was if I died walking out of church right after confession. It was only for those few minutes that I had a clean soul (or so I thought). What a burden for a child—or anyone! It’s a sad state to be living without the assurance of a joyful eternity.
God’s plan, His free gift of salvation, is outlined several times in scripture. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins; we don’t need to. All we have to do is have faith that through His death, burial, and resurrection, eternal death was defeated.
That’s it! Not good works, penance, or any kind of punishment. Just faith plus———nothing!
We can be assured that the very second we exhale our last breath on earth, we inhale a joyous eternity.