The God who made The World and everything in it, being Lord of Heaven and Earth, does not live in temples made by man,  nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.  And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all The Face of The Earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,  that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us,  for “‘In Him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed His offspring.’
 Being then God’s Offspring, we ought not to think that The Divine Being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.  The Times of Ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent,  because He has fixed a Day on which He will judge The World in Righteousness by a Man (Yeshua The Messiah - The Son of God made flesh - born of The Virgin Mary) whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from The Dead.”
Jesus Begins His Ministry
 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming The Gospel of God,  and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in The Gospel.”
For some The Gospel message is too hard to believe but for others It is the greatest gift imaginable. The historical fact that God became a man(Immanuel) born of the Virgin Mary as Prophecy foretold and that He would take our place in facing God's Holy Wrath poured out on Him during His crucifixion by the Romans under Pontious Pilate; in order that God's Holy Justice would be satisfied through The Messiah's Holy blood shed for us, when believed, then becomes the most beautiful event indeed. Holy Scripture declares: "that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins"(Read Hebrews 9).
Let's read God's testimony of His Son in John 1 through John the Baptist:
Behold, the Lamb of God
 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’  I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”  And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.  I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.” (ESV)
Here we read the essence of The Gospel message as proclaimed by the Apostle Paul:
1 Corinthians 15:1–8
The Resurrection of Christ
 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,  and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,  that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,  and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared also to me.
Here we have the beauty of the Word of Faith we declare to those lost in their sins:
The Message of Salvation to All
 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on The Law, that the person who does The Commandments shall live by them.  But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into Heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down)  “or ‘Who will descend into The Abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, The Word of Faith that we proclaim);  because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.”  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on Him.  For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
1 Corinthians 1:18–31
 For the word of The Cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the Power of God.  For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.  For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,  but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,  but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ The Power of God and the Wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.  But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;  God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,  so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us Wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,  so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Repentance is essential for salvation by God's Amazing Grace:
 Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that The Divine Being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.  The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,  because he has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Jesus warned that on The Day of Judgment, many would come to Him and say, “Lord, Lord,” and He will say, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you worker of iniquity” (Matthew 7:22,23). That word “iniquity” means “lawlessness.” That Law is pivotal in conversion. How can a man repent if he does not know what sin is?
The Bible says, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Timothy 2:19). That is the same word: lawlessness.” If there is no knowledge of sin—and Paul says, “I had not known sin but by The Law” (Romans 7:7)—then there is no understanding that we have sinned against God and there will be no vertical repentance. Without repentance there is no salvation.
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones who was a Welsh Protestant minister and medical doctor declared: "Conviction is not repentance; conviction leads to repentance. But you can be convicted without repentance".
Jesus speaking of why it was better for Him to go to the Father in order to send us the Holy Spirit declares:
 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:  concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;  concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;  concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
A. W. Tozer said, “It is my opinion that tens of thousands, if not millions, have been brought into some kind of religious experience by accepting Christ and they have not been saved.”
Evangelist Charles G. Finney in the 1800's declared: “Evermore The Law must prepare the way for The Gospel. To overlook this in instructing souls is almost certain to result in false hope”—people believing they are saved when they are not—“and the introduction of a false standard of Christian experience, and to fill the church with false converts.” And then he said, “Time will make this plain.” Today more than at any other time we see how true Mr. Finney's prophetic statement was.
George Whitefield said these words: “That is the reason we have so many mushroom converts”—that is, converts that spring up out of nowhere and then disappear—“because their stony ground is not plowed up. They have not got a conviction of the law.”
Paul declares by Inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,  testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:9–13
 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.  Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,  waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!  But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones defines repentance like this:
"Repentance means that you realize that you are a guilty, vile sinner in the presence of God, that you deserve the wrath and punishment of God, that you are hell-bound. It means that you begin to realize that this thing called sin is in you, that you long to get rid of it, and that you turn your back on it in every shape and form. You renounce the world whatever the cost, the world in its mind and outlook as well as its practice, and you deny yourself, and take up the cross and go after Christ. Your nearest and dearest, and the whole world, may call you a fool or say you have religious mania. You may have to suffer financially, but it makes no difference. That is repentance."
As we read through the Letter to the Followers of The Way in Rome we recognize more of God's desire for us to walk free from the power of sin on earth even though we recognize that sin in our bodies exerts a deadly influence on us that is only overcome by walking by The Spirit of God (Romans 8).
D. L. Moody said, “The Law can only chase a man to Calvary, no further.” The Scripture says “that you should be married to another, even to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God” (Romans 7:4). So The Law holds no dominion over us. We are filled with a humble gratitude to God for His mercy demonstrated in Christ—His wonderful sacrifice expressed in The Cross—and now we bring forth the fruit of a new lifestyle that is pleasing to God. We are no longer workers of iniquity.
The Righteousness of God Through Faith
 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in His Divine Forbearance he had passed over former sins.  It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be Just and The Justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Speaking of Abraham in Romans 4 we read:
 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,  fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.  That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”  But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone,  but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,  who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Continuing by Inspiration of the Holy Spirit we read:
Peace with God Through Faith
 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the Glory of God.  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Further clarification in the Letter to the Church at Ephesus we read:
By Grace Through Faith
 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins  in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us,  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
"The purpose of good works isn't to change us or save us; rather, it's the demonstration of the change within us." A quote by A.W. Tozer
God knows when we place our faith in Him, that is a saving faith; Men will then see our faith by the good works that we perform that give Glory to God now and throught all eternity.
Yet we understand that Faith without works is of no effect as the half-brother of our Lord and Overseer of the Church in Jerusalem declared by Holy Inspiration of God in (Jacob) James 2:
Faith Without Works Is Dead
 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?  So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!  Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;  and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.  You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.  And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?  For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
Ultimately, as believers of Yeshua as our one and only Messiah, we will walk as mature believers no longer bound to earthly lusts and pride; and will no longer be hindered by besetting sins since we have been freed from the curse of sin and death. Therefore counting ourselves crucified with Christ and raised in newness of life as our water baptism has declared to the world; we will then be able to run the race set before us with perseverance for the joy of seeing our Savior face to face.
A Living Sacrifice
 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.