Basic information we need before we leave this earth. Paul is writing to gentiles in this dispensation. We are saved by believing Jesus Death, burial, and resurrection + NOTHING if we truly believe Him!! This book is about salvation!! Without that we have nothing. Hell is real, but people don't like to talk about it. Instead so many souls go to eternal damnation because they refuse to acknowledge and love the one who created us, and then saved us! It happens so many times each day. With all their sin debt already paid, people are walking into Hell. If Jesus wanted us to pay our own sin debt, then He would not have gone to the cross and done it for us! He suffered a beating beyond description as a man! He was nailed to that Roman cross. None of us are good enough to do it. He paid it all. Believe Him! We have only until our last breath to make that decision. Once we stop breathing, the default place people go is Hell! Unless you have believed and trusted in Jesus Christ who has already paid it all. 1 Corinthians chapter 15 vs 1-4 among many other places in God's word explain this. The law was given by God to Moses for the Jews to follow in the days of the law. Paul was given grace by the resurrected Jesus Christ to give to us in this age. Belief plus nothing equals salvation. Take the free gift He has suffered so much for us to have. It's not about rules after the cross, but about His love for the people He created. When you know and believe how much He suffered to pay your own sin debt. it will change you. What could matter more then our eternal destiny? Nothing could. If you start seeking God with all your heart, strength and mind, he will reveal Himself to you. He wants every person to be saved, but people will not listen. They are like I was for almost 50 years. They are letting the temporary things of this world take precedence over everything. I have righteousness only because Jesus imputed His to me. None of it is my doing. It's all His. He does it all after we believe Him! Jesus is the wisdom of God. He is in complete control of it all, so why not look to Him and find out what we need so desperately to know? Don't listen to your pastor unless you check out what the bible says. It is not that hard to understand once you have that Holy Spirit in you. That happens when we believe the gospel. Deceivers are everywhere. In churches and bible studies to. They don't even know they are being deceived as they deceive others. If they insist you tithe or get baptized or join a church or anything else for salvation, then run! Salvation is a free gift given to us from God who sacrificed His own Son to save us. If you work and follow Jesus then you will have a better life here and rewards in heaven. You will make God happy, but only if you are saved. If you are not saved, then you are God's enemy. You are either for Him or against Him. There is no in between. Once you start understanding God's word to us it is exciting. It will bring you peace and you will have no fear of dying. Death is horrible if you are going to hell. There will be fire and darkness and worms and pain. Its all in the bible. You can find me on Facebook if you choose to. I would love to hear from you. If you don't think any of this is in your bible then just send me a message on Facebook and I will show you where it is. Please get a King James Version of the Bible. It is so much better. I have seen so many important words left out of some of the other interpretations. We are saved by the blood of Jesus and yet they leave that word out in some verses. Without blood there is no forgiveness. Not our sinful blood, but Jesus sinless blood. He is the only one who could have saved us and He did. There is salvation in no other name. Jesus Christ is the power of God. His pain and humiliation and separation from God to pay our sin debt was real and it was so much more then we can even imagine. I love Him so far above anything because He has loved me and saved me.