Paul in Romans 1:16 tells us that he was “not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” One important truth that he addresses is the fact that salvation, made possible through Jesus, is available to everyone.
So who doesn’t that include? No one. It doesn’t matter what nationality, race, gender or even what kind of past you have. The invitation is offered to you. Many of you can testify to accepting this offer, but to the rest of you, the offer still stands.
Salvation is described as unconditional, and this is true as stated in Ephesians 2:8-9 where Paul says, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
It is unconditional in that we can’t purchase it, we can’t get good enough for it, and we can’t do enough good works in order to earn it. But we do play a part in this – there is a conditional side to salvation as stated in this verse.
Did you notice it says “through faith?” This is a faith that comes from within. God doesn’t believe for us any more than he repents or confesses for us.
When a person hears about Jesus and the salvation offered by him, they must decide for themselves if they will trust in him. They must decide if the message of Jesus is real, genuine or trustworthy? They must believe that if they have a desire to change and will confess their sins that their sins will be forgiven and Jesus will come into their lives by way of his Spirit.
The good news is even though we are all born in sin and are in need of a Savior, salvation is available to us all.