For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. –Romans 3:23 NLT
But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8
God made the one who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God. -2 Corinthians 5:21
How Do We Receive God’s Son?
But to all who have received him–those who believe in his name–he has given the right to become God’s children -John 1:12
For this is the way God loved the world: he gave his one and only Son that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 18 The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. -John 3:16-18
Summarize: This means we must each come to God…
(1) as a sinner who recognizes his/her sinfulness
(2) realize that no human works can result in salvation
(3) relies totally on Christ alone by faith alone for our salvation.