You Must Be Born Again
This is the answer that Jesus gave to Nicodemus when he came to Him wondering about his own eternal life. What Jesus was saying is that redemption is not a moment or an experience or even a feeling but a new life which includes new thinking and new priorities.
You need to realize you are dead already
Sin reigns in all of our lives so powerfully that we are literaly slaves to it. We are not sinners because we have sinned but rather we sin because we are sinner. Romans 5:21 says "sin reigned in us unto death . . ." All of us are sinners condemned to eternal separation from God. Habakkuk 1:13 "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not even look on sin." Our God is righteous and holy and our sin is a crime against Him because of His perfection. Sin is anything that is against the perfect law of God. All of us are guilty of sin. The compensation for our sin is death (Romans 6:23).
Even though we were sinners Christ died for us
The amazing reality is that even while we were still slaves to sin and the enemies of God He poured out His love on us. His righteous wrath demanded justice for the crime of sin. He saw fit to accept the sinnless sacrifice of His only son in our place. Christ bore our sin in His own body on the cross (I Peter 2:24). He became our substitute for the wrath of God. Romans 10:9-10 teaches us that in order to recieve this substitute we must believe in Christ as our Lord and confess Him as our savior with our mouth. At Missionary Baptist Church we stress the biblical clarity that the difference between believing and knowing is an eternal difference. Believing in Christ makes someone a follower of Christ. This life changing belief comes by faith only.
All Christians are new creatures
Christ died in our place and anyone who would be saved must be associated with Him in that death. Christ did not remain dead though, He rose from the dead as the scripture said he would. We also must associate with this resurrection as new people who are no longer slaves to sin but choose rather to glorify Christ. This is the will of God (Romans 8:28-29). Sanctification is not sinless perfection but it is freedom from sin's bondage and is a work in progress. We are saved from the slavery to sin and are no longer "of our father the Devil" (John 8:44).
We look forward to the day of our salvation
I John 3:2
In the greatest sense our salvation is fully recieved at the judgment of God. While we are saved from sins hold now we are ultimately "saved" at the judgment of God when we are received as an heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
We rest in the power of God
We are repeatedly assured that our place in God's grace is a safe and eternal place. We do not find that redemption is something that must be received repeatedly. At the end of Romans 7 the Apostle Paul confesses that he is not what he knows he should be but powerfully declares that still there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ. The remainder of this great chapter is clear that nothing can separate us from the love of God. John 17 is also clear that God the Father is full of power to keep us in His hand and no one can steal us from Him. We would sum this up by saying "once saved, always saved, if truly saved."