WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
A long time ago, a Roman Jailer asked of the Apostle Paul the most important question that could ever be asked, “what must I do to be saved” Paul answer was immediate, to the point, clear and concise. He said ” Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved, and thy house” (Act 16:30-31). A man named Nicodemus pretty much asked Jesus the same question. Jesus answered him by saying, “you must be born again” (John 3:1-8). That’s how simple that is actually is.
ALL ARE SINNER
The bible tells us in Roman 3:23 that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” That means that all are sinners, actually born that way, in desperate need of the savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, there are no exception to this. That means you and me, and all others for that matter. Paul also said in Roman 6:23, “the wages of sin is death!” So, that means that unless something is done about this terrible situation, that all will be eternally lost. However, God did not leave things there. He love us, it is His Desire that “Not any should be perish, but all should come to repentance” (2 peter 3:9).
WHAT DID GOD DO ABOUT THIS SITUATION?
The scripture plainly says, “And God so loved the world (so loved sinners, and that means you and I) that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). What does it mean? Man as a sinner could not save himself. In other words, such was and is impossible; consequently, God literally became man, came into this world born of the Virgin Mary, and then died on Calvary to pay the price for man’s Redemption. As should be obvious, the price was high. But thank God, it was everlasting paid by Jesus Christ, that “WHOSOEVER WILL, MAY COME AND TAKE THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY” (Revelation 22:17).
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST?
Paul says “If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart, that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto Salvation” (Roman10:9-10). To believe on the Lord Jesus Christ is more than just giving mental assent that He is the Son of God. Million’s do that and are not saved. When the scripture speak of one believing, it simply means that one accepts Who Jesus is, which the Son of God is, and what He Has done, which refers to Him dying on Calvary, in effect taking our place, in order that we might be saved. It means to accept Him, and Him Alone as your savior, resolving to make Him the Lord of your life, and follow Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength as long as you live.
Jesus being the Substitute, if we identify with Him, which means to accept what He did at Calvary’s Cross on our behalf, we will be saved. It is that simple!
He became our Substitute and upon our identification with Him, we are rewarded with Eternal Life (Roman 6:23)
FAITH AND NOT WORKS
The only thing required to obtain this glorious and wonderful Salvation is to simply believe on Christ, exactly as Paul said, which means to have Faith in Him. What does that mean? It is actually very simple. The Lord made it this way in order that all may have equal opportunity. It simple means that you believe or have faith in what he did, and accept it for yourself on a personal basis. That’s all that God requires. But of course, to believe and have faith, even as we have already said, means to accept the Lord as your savior and, as well, to make Him the Lord of your life. First of all, man must understand that he is a sinner. That includes all (Roman3:23). As such, he needs a savior. There is only one savior, only one who has paid the price for men’s Redemption, and that savior is the Lord Jesus Christ, one cannot be saved.
Millions attempt to earn their Salvation in many and varied way other than accepting Christ. Or else they attempt to become saved by accepting Christ as well as adding other things to Christ. The scripture says “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesian 2:8-9). That means the church cannot save you, and neither can water baptism save you, or anything else for that matter, as important as those things may be in their own way. I have said this because millions think that they are saved by being baptized in water, or joining a Church, or performing good works, etc. While those thing may be important in their own right, they have absolutely nothing to do with one being saved. One is saved simply by trusting Jesus Christ, even as we have already said.
The moment that one confesses the Lord with one’s mouth and believes in one’s heart, and does so truly, at that moment, and wherever you may be, you are saved. As we have stated several times, it is just that simple.
IT IS TIME NOW!
In fact, if you have not already given your heart and life to Jesus Christ, it is time that you do so, and actually it can be done this moment. I am going to ask you to read these words below, and actually say them out loud. As well, I am going to ask you to believe them with all of your heart, and if you will do so, you will be instantly saved. Please say them with me as you read:
“Dear God in Heaven, I come to you today as a lost sinner, I am asking you that you save my soul and cleanse me from all sin. I realized in my heart my need of salvation, which can only come through Jesus Christ. I am accepting Christ into my heart and what he did on the Cross in order to purchase my redemption. In obedience to your word, I confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in my heart that God has raised Him from the dead. I have called upon your name exactly as you have said, and I believe that right now, I am saved.”
If you have sincerely prayed these words, which I have written out for you, and believed in your heart upon the Lord Jesus Christ, you are at this moment saved, and your name is written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?