WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
(Acts 16:30-31) Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Many people have heard the name of Jesus Christ, most people know the story of Jesus, most even know that he was the Son of God and that he died on a cross and rose again. But sadly most people do not understand the Gospel message and what they must do to be saved. I have written this post so any one who reads it can know what the Bible says that you must do in order to be saved: but before I can even discuss how a person can receive the salvation of Christ, one must understand what they need to be saved from.
Saved from what?
The Bible teaches in (Romans 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. And the Bible also teaches in (Romans 3:10) There is none righteous, no, not one.
So from these two scriptures we can be sure that everybody has sinned and none of us are considered righteous in the eyes of God Almighty. No person is without sin in their life and this presents everyone with a serious problem. The Bible teaches in (Romans 6:23) For the wages of sin is death. But what does that really mean? It simply means that sin causes death. The Bible teaches that human beings are sinful, and like i said before, we have all broken God's laws, therefore we die in our flesh as punishment for our sin because the wages of sin is death.
But even after we die in the flesh, there is another eternal punishment for sin that the Bible calls the second death. It says in (Revelation 21:8) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. The Bible teaches that sinners deserve to go to the lake of fire, but the good news is that God loves you and He does not want you to go to hell. God loves you so much that He has provided you with a way to be forgiven for all of your past, present and future sins and to be saved from going to hell.
The good news of Jesus Christ
What is the good news? the answer to this question is best expressed in (Romans 5:8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. And also in (John 3:16-17) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. The good news is that Jesus died on the cross as payment in full for all of your sin. Jesus then rose from the dead after three days and three nights showing us that death has no power over him. Jesus has the power of eternal life and he wants you to have eternal life and become God's child (John 1:12).
So if you believe this message and you want to receive eternal life and forgiveness, God has not only made it possible but He has also made salvation very simple. So how do you get saved and receive eternal life?
You must believe
Salvation is received by faith alone in Jesus Christ. But before you can put your faith in Christ you must acknowledge that you are a sinner and need forgiveness (Romans 3:23). You have to know that the punishment for sin is death and hell (Romans 6:23). And finally you must believe that Jesus died on the cross as payment in full for your sins (Romans 5:8). Once a person acknowledges these things, there is only one thing left for them to do.
Call upon the name of Jesus
The Bible says in (Romans 10:9-10) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. If you believe the gospel of Jesus Christ you can receive God's free gift of eternal salvation by simply calling upon the name of Jesus to be your LORD and Saviour, nothing else is required. If you believe and want to receive salvation pray this prayer
Prayer of Salvation
Dear LORD, I know that I am a sinner and that the punishment for my sin is death. But I believe in your Son, and I believe in the Gospel of the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Please have mercy on me and forgive me LORD. I accept the sacrifice that Jesus made for me on the cross as payment for my sin, and I want to be saved. Please let me receive your Holy Spirit into my heart and open my eyes to your truth through reading the Bible. Please help me to understand your word and lead me to your purpose in Jesus name - Amen....
If you believe the Gospel and prayed this prayer (Or a prayer like this one) you are saved. its that simple.. THAT IS THE GOSPEL.
Saved by grace through faith alone
It is very important to understand that salvation is received through faith alone in Jesus Christ and we can not trust in our own righteousness or good works (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is also essential that you know that once you are saved you are always saved, nothing can take away your salvation or separate you from the love of Jesus Christ (John 6:37). These foundational beliefs are the true meaning of faith in Jesus Christ and without them there is no salvation.
I hope this post will help even one person understand the Gospel of Christ and be saved (FOR MORE INFORMATION GET OUR FREE BOOK- THE GOSPEL MADE SIMPLE).