Salvation: Do You Have It?
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 well pleasing in His sight. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, the Bible contains everything we need in order to be righteous and complete.
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
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. Jesus gave His life for us therefore, all of mankind have the opportunity to be saved from their sins.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:14-17
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 (Numbers 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?
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’s English Dictionary) 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 from sin at the same time. Jesus proclaimed that those who do not repent will surely see destruction:
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31
One Must Confess the Name of Jesus
Recorded in the book of Romans is the following:
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans.10:10).
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 who made this good confession.
Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (Acts 8:35-37)
One Must Be Immersed in Water
In the Bible we find explicit commands for the believer in Christ to have himself baptized in order to be saved. Baptism is a total immersion in water signifying the death of the old man and the resurrection of the new.
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3-4
God desires us to die to sin and self and put on righteousness and this is to be done by baptism. The scriptures clearly teach that in order to be saved from our sins we must be baptized.
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized. Acts 18:8
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
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.
Baptism Puts One Into The Kingdom of Christ
When a person is baptized the Lord adds that person to His Kingdom, the church of Christ. Man has no authority to add anyone to the kingdom of God this authority rest solely in Christ as the scriptures clearly teach.
Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:47
Baptism puts one into the body of Christ which is the church of Christ
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:22-23
I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church. Colossians 1:23-24
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13
Being saved is synonymous with being in the Kingdom or the Body of Christ. One cannot be saved without being added to the Church of Christ and one cannot be a part of the Church of Christ without being saved. Read more of about the Body or Church of Christ by clicking here
Are You Saved?
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