Salvation is a free gift of God that cannot be merited on any basis of good works (Romans 6:23b; Titus 3:5). It is wholly by God's grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) on the merit of the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:24-26). The elements of salvation are repentance and faith (Acts 2:38; 20:21). Once an individual turns from his sins to God and places his faith in Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:9), he is eternally secured and can never lose his salvation (John 3:16, 36; Ephesians 1:13; 1 John 5:11-13). At the point of salvation a believer is justified (Romans 5:1). He is sanctified positionally (Hebrews 10:10), and he is sanctified progressively as he continues to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Peter 3:18).