Salvation means deliverance from the penalty and consequences of sin. It means beginning a new life with the Lord Jesus Christ. Every thinking person should be concerned with forgiveness and want peace with God.
Perhaps the Bible verse that best bears out this truth is:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Let’s look at this verse clause by clause, to better understand the message.
"For God so loved the world"
“The world” means you and every individual on the face of this earth. God does love you. He loves you more than you ever can imagine. The next clause points out just how He showed His love.
"That he gave His one and only Son"
How did He give His Son? The answer is found in Romans 5:8:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Christ paid the penalty for your sins when he went to the cross. He took all your sins and died, once and for all. On the cross, he said, “It is finished." (John 19:30)
Jesus did everything necessary for your salvation. You should acknowledge your need of a Savior, ask for mercy, and fully trust in Him as the next point indicates.
"That whoever believes in Him shall not perish"
The Bible says "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."
All men are sinners under God’s judgment. The consequence of sin is eternal separation from God. However, the promise is, “whoever believes in Him shall not perish.”
The word whoever means you.
The word believes means commit to and trust with one’s life.
As you come to the Lord Jesus Christ, believe Him to be the Son of God and make a conscious decision to commit and trust Him for your forgiveness.
Acknowledging Him as your Lord means that you do not have to pay the penalty for your sins because Jesus paid that penalty by His death upon the cross. Through His death, you have been delivered from the wrath to come.
In actual practice, it means an act of repentance and faith on your part: Receiving Christ into your life.
"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
Jesus, God's Son, became a man. John tells us if we receive Jesus as our ruler and trust Him we will be acceptable to God.