What must one do to be saved? Undeniably the most important question anyone can ever ask because how you respond to this question will determine where you spend eternity. The answer to this question is not found in philosophy, nature or human reasoning but in the Word of God. God has given us His Word, The Bible, so that we might know how to be saved and live a life that will be pleasing to Him.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
What does the Bible say we need in order to be saved?
We Need The Grace of God
Grace is defined as: favor shown to another, unmerited favor, you received something for which you did not work, it is a gift.
In order for anyone to be saved we need the Grace of God. God’s magnificent grace was given to us through His Son Jesus the Christ (John 3:14-17). Because Jesus gave His life for us all of mankind have the opportunity to be saved from their sins.
We Need Faith
In Ephesians 2:8 is recorded the following; “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” God says we are not only saved by His grace but also by the faith we have in Him. In John 3:16 the Bible records that those who have eternal life are those who believe or have faith in Jesus Christ. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that without faith it is impossible to please God, hence without faith it is impossible to be saved.
James records that Biblical faith is a faith that acts or works. One cannot be said to have faith if he/she does not act upon it.
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? James 2:17-20
Recorded in Numbers 13 is the account of the Hebrew people’s disobedience. God gave them the Land of Canaan (Num. 13:2), this was His grace in action. The people however failed to take the land as God commanded. God says the following about their actions:
And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have showed among them? Numbers 14:11
God says the Hebrew people’s decision not to take the land was a sign of their lack of faith in Him. In order to be saved we need Biblical faith, a faith that says I believe that God’s grace has been extended to me through Jesus the Christ; I believe that God has a way for me to be saved therefore…
WHAT MUST I DO?!
The Bible says if one has Faith in God he/she must do the following to be saved.
One Must Repent of Sins
Repentance is defined as follows: sorrow or deep contrition for sin, a change of mind, or a conversion from sin to God. (Webster) It is only logical that one who desires to be saved from sin must put off sin. One cannot continue in sin and be saved at the same time. Jesus proclaimed that those who do not repent will surely see destruction: (Luke 13:3-5)
One Must Confess the Name of Jesus
Recorded in the book of Romans we read: “…and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans.10:9-10). By publicly confessing that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God one shows that he/she understands that Jesus has all authority and that he/she now willingly subjects themselves to Jesus’ authority. The Ethiopian Eunuch is a good example of one making the good confession ( Acts 8:35-37)
One Must Be Immersed in Water
Mark records the following words of Jesus:
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15-16
Peter said the following about baptism:
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 3:21
God proclaims that He saves us through baptism, through baptism He washes our sins away and we are a new person in His sight.
Are You Saved?
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