John 3:16 (ESV) says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." Romans 3:23-26, Romans 6:23 and Romans 10:9 are more Bible verses that are often cited to show how people can be saved from sin. Acts 16:31 (ESV) states ". . . believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. . ."
Other commonly referenced verses about salvation include John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12-13 and 2 Corinthians 5:21. While these may be the most common verses, there are many others also cited by Christians to support the points of the salvation message.
Christians believe the Bible teaches that God created mankind to have a relationship with him, but that humanity is separated from God because of sin. In Christian understanding, this condition of sin is universal (Psalm 14:3). God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to live among people and to die on the cross, paying the penalty for sin. Jesus then rose from the dead, revealing his power over sin and death (Romans 6:9-10). Because Jesus was sinless, his death provided a sacrifice that can redeem anyone who receives the gift of salvation by placing faith in him. According to Christians, this allows a person to have a relationship with God.