God has provided his conditions of salvation in what we might refer to as "steps" in the plan of salvation. These steps are for "obtaining" salvation. 2 Timothy 2:10 speaks about obtaining salvation. We cannot earn or do we merit salvation. Salvation is a free gift (Rom. 6:23), however, no one can receive a gift unless he takes possession of it. Only God can show us, in His word, how to possess what he is offering to us as a gift. The following chart shows the plan of salvation in conditional steps.