While we find in Romans, chapter ten, that if we confess the Lord Jesus with our mouth and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead we shall be saved, Jesus gave a different requirement for eternal life, which is more than a length of time, but a state of the soul. "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." [John 17:3].
Eternal life requires more than confession and belief, it requires a personal relationship with both the Father and the Son. For when we know something, there is no longer a need to believe. For Jesus truly said "not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." [Matthew 7:21-23].
To know God that we might obtain eternal life, we must enter into His Kingdom. The Kingdom is the only method to purify and sanctify our hearts that we might become holy even as God is holy [Leviticus 20:7; 1 Peter 1:16], which is His desire for each and every soul. However, authority is needed to enter into His Kingdom, and it is the responsibility of the church to spread the message of the Kingdom.
The following five principles can be viewed in any order. Each principle utilizes the King James Version of the Bible.